Member - Application form
RSP: Registered safety professional - Application form
ASP: Associate Safety Professional
RMC: Registered Management Consultant
Corporate Member - Application form
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RSP: Registered safety professional
Applicants must have passed all ten, Competency Standards, as listed below, either by assessment of current competency (through portfolio document review, CV and experience review), relevant qualifications and courses or undertaking a course of study and completing work related projects:
Competency One ~ Understanding the Legal Framework of New Zealand
The applicant is required to demonstrate an understanding of the legal and regulatory framework of OHS in New Zealand. They will demonstrate provision of advice regarding the OHS legislative responsibilities of an OHS practitioner (duty holders PCBU’s and officers), company director, manager, supervisor and employees.
Competency Two ~ Demonstrate a systematic approach to managing
Occupational Safety & Health [OHS] in the workplace.
Competencies include: (a) understanding the strategies, policies and procedures necessary to systematically manage all facets of an OHS Program and (b) measuring and evaluating all aspects of organisational performance, to ensure that the workplace is, as far as practicable, safe and healthy, with the risk exposures to employees and other stakeholders managed As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP), but enabled to SFARP – So Far As is Reasonably Practicable.
Competency Three ~ Demonstrate participation in the design and development
of OHS participative arrangements.
Show involvement in the consultative design, development, implementation, monitoring and review of practices, and decision making with employees and others in OHS activities.
This unit standard also takes into account the responsibilities for managing OHS, as well as participative consultation and communication processes within an organisation or business unit.
Competency Four ~ Demonstrate the application of the principles of OHS Risk Management
The applicant must demonstrate a generic approach to both identifying hazards and assessing and controlling OHS risks. This requirement addresses the underlying knowledge and skills required to provide a systematic approach to hazard identification, risk assessment, risk and barrier control.
The emphasis is on eliminating risk or, where this is not possible, minimising and mitigating risk through other appropriate means.
Competency Five ~Demonstrate the identification and management of hazards in the work environment through the assessment and control of risks.
This includes knowledge of energy and disease sources* and focuses on the processes and techniques necessary to control specific hazards. Hazards may involve the potential of uncontrolled energies including: *gravity (falls from heights, kinetic, electrical (includes stored energy and light energy as electromagnetic radiation) mechanical, chemical (hazardous substances and dangerous goods), dusts and fibres, thermal environment, pressure, acoustics, (noise and vibration), radiation (natural environmental and industrial radioactive sources), biomechanical hazards (e.g. manual handling ~ pushing, pulling, carrying and lifting). Includes disease scenarios, microbiological (fungi, viruses, bacteria) or psychosocial hazards and/or hazards arising from general work environment and other processes.
Competency Six ~ Demonstrate the ability to apply the prevention principles of Occupational Health** to control OHS Risks.
Test applicant’s ability to apply OHS principles to control occupational health risk(s) in the workplace. OHS practitioners are required to work with occupational health professionals who seek to identify chemicals and other substances that have the potential for interference with the body's normal energy exchange, metabolism or physiology.
Note: ** Occupational Health ~ is devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of those factors or stresses, arising in or from the workplace processes, which may cause sickness, impaired health and wellbeing, or significant discomfort and inefficiency.
Competency Seven ~ Demonstrate the Management of Hazards associated with plant, machinery and equipment.
Identify specific requirements required to meet OHS legal compliance in relation to workplace plant and equipment. These obligations are based on the Australian Standard for Safety of machinery, AS 4024 1-2006, which is the foundation for compliance with occupational safety and health legislation. Note: other standards also apply e.g. various electrical and mechanical standards. See also: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/tools-resources/for further guidance on machine safety.
Competency Eight ~ Demonstrate participation in the investigation of incidents and accidents
Has demonstrated the ability to lead teams conducting investigations into the reporting of incidents/accidents, that has resulted in, or had the potential to result in, injury to people, damage to property, plant, equipment or the environment.
Understands the principle and methodology of Root Cause analysis investigation, including Systems Failure and Human Factor analysis. Demonstrates effective incident investigation through recognised tools eg. Fault Tree Analysis or other systems such as Tripod, SCAT, Triadic Flawed Analysis or ICAM’s.
Competency Nine ~ Emergency Planning and Response
Demonstrates and describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to Plan for Emergencies and implement emergency response procedures.
Competency Ten ~ Demonstrate management of OHS information and data
Has demonstrated the provision of necessary information and performance data (including technical and legal information) to management and other stakeholders informing of OHS issues.
Applicants must also show ability to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of OHS Systems by accessing and providing OHS information, collecting, collating and analysing data and ensuring that this information and data is distributed throughout the workplace in timely and regular intervals.
ASP: Associate Safety professional
Applicants will have demonstrated a level of competency for each of the ten core competencies in the RSP qualification at a minimum of seventy percent of the RSP level.