1 of 6CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENT
Demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, and environmental legislation at civil infrastructure sites
planned review date:October 2006
sub-field:Civil Works and Services
purpose:This unit standard is a component of the industry self-regulation system for operations in the civil infrastructure industry.
People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, and environmental legislation relevant to civil infrastructure worksites; and describe in simple terms how health, safety, and environmental legislative requirements are met at civil infrastructure worksites.
accreditation option:Evaluation of documentation by NZQA and industry.
moderation option:A centrally established and directed national moderation system has been set up by Infrastructure ITO.
special notes:1This unit standard requires basic understanding of the of the following legislation:
Conservation Act 1987;
Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE);
Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995;
Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO);
Historic Places Act 1993;
Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Act 2001 (IPRC);
Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).
2Assessment against this unit standard may take place in a workplace and/or provider environment.
Accident means an event that causes any person to be harmed or might have caused any person to be harmed.
Civil infrastructure worksite refers to a site with activity relating to any of: the construction and maintenance of infrastructure assets such as road, rail, port, airport, and utilities; demolition; bulk earthworks; quarrying; asphalt production; and bitumen storage and application.
Industry best practice refers to minimum standards for civil infrastructure works as described in codes of practice, guidelines, and manuals relevant to specific types of work. These may include: Approved Code of Practice for the Management of Substances Hazardous to Health in the Workplace July 1997, and Approved Code of Practice for Excavation and Shafts for Foundations, Sept 1995 Occupational Safety and Health Service available at Operator Safety Manual for Earthmoving Machinery (aka Operator Safety Manual) Infrastructure ITO available at The Bitumen Safety HandbookNZ Pavement and Bitumen Contractors’ Association Inc. (PBCA), Wellington, available at and operation manuals for specific equipment. Contract documents may specify standards for certain activities.
LTSA means Land Transport Safety Authority.
Site safety plan means the comprehensive plan dealing with issues relating to health, safety and the environment. This plan may be generic or site specific and will include an emergency plan.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, and environmental legislation relevant to civil infrastructure worksites.
Range:knowledge is to be expressed in simple terms; detailed knowledge of the legislation is not required.
1.1The purpose and principles of the HSE Act are described.
1.2Employee and employer responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace are described in accordance with the HSE Act.
1.3Duties of a person who controls a place of work are described in accordance with the HSE Act.
1.4Key terms are defined in accordance with the HSE Act.
Range:eliminate, isolate, minimise, significant hazard.
1.5Types of work that are notifiable are identified in accordance with legislative requirements.
Range:evidence is required of three types.
1.6The role and responsibility of health and safety representatives is described in accordance with the HSE Act.
1.7The purpose and principles of the HSNO Act are explained.
1.8Requirements of the HSNO Act relevant to a specific work environment are identified and described.
1.9The role of approved handlers is described in accordance with the HSNO Act.
1.10The purpose of the IPRC Act is explained.
1.11Explanation of IPRC Act includes work and non work related injuries, company claim process, and responsibilities of claimant and employer.
Range:includes but is not limited to – provision of medical certificate, vocational rehabilitation, compensation payment for first week; and may include role of accredited employers.
1.12The purpose and principles of the RMA are explained.
1.13The purpose and principles of the Conservation Act are explained.
1.14The purpose and principles of the Historic Places Act are explained.
1.15Individual employee’s responsibilities under the RMA, Conservation Act, and Historic Places Act are explained.
Describe in simple terms how health, safety, and environmental legislative requirements are met at civil infrastructure worksites.
2.1Site induction procedures are described in accordance with industry best practice and, where applicable, the site safety plan.
2.2Methods of communicating health and safety hazards, environmental aspects, and their controls to people who visit or work at a site are described in accordance with industry best practice and, where applicable, the site safety plan.
Range:spoken, written, visual.
2.3Systematic identification and control of hazards, and identification and impact minimisation of environmental aspects, are described in accordance with industry best practice and, where applicable, the site safety plan.
Range:evidence is required of at least two hazards and at least two environmental aspects.
2.4Requirements for individual and collective participation in maintaining or improving health and safety on worksite are explained in accordance with industry best practice.
2.5Requirements for personal protection are described in accordance with industry best practice.
Range:hearing, sight, skin, bones, breathing, head, feet, general health.
2.6Protection of the environment and historic places is described in accordance with industry best practice and, where applicable, the site safety plan.
2.7Legislative requirements to perform work and operate machinery are described in accordance with industry best practice.
Range:includes but is not limited – certification, LTSA licence requirements.
2.8Requirements for plant and equipment safety and fitness for purpose are described in accordance with industry best practice.
Range:mobile plant, stationary plant, electrical equipment, on road.
2.9Requirements for first aid, fire, and emergency equipment are described in accordance with industry best practice.
2.10Reporting requirements are described in accordance with industry best practice.
Range:accidents, hazards, contamination, finding historic site.
2.11Types of work requiring a permit are identified in accordance with legislative requirements, utility service provider requirements, and industry best practice.
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Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for providers wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
This unit standard is covered by AMAP 0101 which can be accessed at
New Zealand Qualifications Authority 2018