This is one area of significant change. There is more of a focus on practical competency and knowledge of specific workplace procedures.
A PCBU must ensure that every worker who uses, handles, manufactures, or stores a hazardous substance (including hazardous waste) is, before the worker is allowed to carry out or supervise work involving those substances, provided with information, instruction and training
The PCBU must keep a record of the training and instruction, and provide this information to an inspector or compliance certifier.
Substances that require a certified handler are
In addition to training and instruction required for all personnel working with hazardous substances, a certified handler will need to know
When it comes time to renew the certificate the applicant must satisfy the certifier that they meet the full competency requirements (unlike the current situation which only requires knowledge of changes).
Don’t forget that there are also training requirements in the HSWA General Risk and Workplace Management regulations (that came into force 4 April 2016) for workers who deal with substances of any kind.