Health & Safety » Induction and Training

Any person who works in SoMS must be inducted into the school and laboratory, where relevant, by their supervisor or delegate and complete health and safety training relevant to the type of work they will be doing.

This applies to volunteers, visiting workers, contractors, students and staff. The level of training required will depend on the type of work, experience and expected length of stay at the university.


  • Supervisor completes office induction form and lab induction form (where relevant).
  • Any visitors can be inducted using the Visitors Induction Form.
  • Once the lab induction form is completed, the individual can be granted access to the lab but must only work under supervision until formal training has been completed and competency has been set.
  • Equipment custodian trains individuals on how to use different equipment in the lab. Once this is completed and the individual is deemed competent they will be granted a compentency certificate via the SOMS online equipment booking site, and may use the equipment.
  • Supervisor informs the individual of any immunisations they may need for the work they will be undertaking. Individuals may decline immunisations but this must be documented via the Decline immunisation form.
  • Supervisor informs the individual of any pre-employment medical assessments that are needed e.g. lung function testing for people working with animals
  • Supervisor and individual discuss training needs using the Individual Training Plan.
  • Complete mandatory health and safety training (see links below).
  • Complete workstation assessment checklist and adjust your chair.

Training for Honours/ILP/Postgraduate students

Student Training

Training for all others

Staff Training

Supervisors training

Anyone who supervises staff or students (e.g. honours, ILP, post-grad students) must attend H&S for Supervisors training. There are 2 courses available. The first course (Managing Health and Safety at UNSW) must be completed by any supervisor who supervises staff or students. The second course (Health and Safety for Laboratory supervisors) is an additional course that must be completed by any supervisor who supervises staff or students in a laboratory. Details of these courses can be found here.

See also H&S for Supervisors

H&S committee training

All members of the SoMS H&S consultation committee must complete the online Health and Safety Consultation training course.

Emergency training

The following training courses are available (see here for details Emergency Training Courses)

  • First Aid training (FIRSTA)
  • First Aid CPR training (HSEFAR)
  • Fire Waredn training (EMFW)
  • Fire Equipment training
  • Chief Warden Training (HSECFW)
  • Automated External Defibrillator training


Animal Care and Ethics Training

Research Ethics and Compliance Support provides various training courses. See courses and seminars offered at UNSW.