Safety Observer Course


$200 + GST per person


8 hours (1 day)


To describe and demonstrate the roles and functions of a safety observer (SO)

Course Overview

The primary role of the safety observer (SO) is to monitor the movement of equipment or people, provide timely warnings of any risk or non-compliance with safe work procedures and the HSWA, and stop work if a risk situation that cannot be minimised arises.

The goal of this course is to enable a trainee to identify criteria where an SO is required to control, monitor, and maintain safety for a work site. It also involves learning about hazardous environments and activities where a safety observer may be required and outlines the responsibilities of such in the event of an emergency.

Who Should Attend

This health and safety course is ideal for someone who might be thrusted into a safety observer and for those that work at a site where a safety observer is required to be present.

Topics Covered
At the end of the course, the trainee is expected to identify the following:
  • Criteria where the safety observer is required to control, monitor and maintain safety for activity
  • Hazardous environments and activities requiring safety observer control
  • Safety observer responsibilities
  • Emergency response measures
The course satisfies NZQA Unit Standard 17596 on demonstrating knowledge of safety observer responsibilities in the workplace.