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Raising the bar

HASANZ’s Annual Report for the year ending 31 March 2017 is out now, including a centrespread of photos from our first conference – see who you can spot!  HASANZ’s performance for the year is best summed up as raising the bar for professional standards in New Zealand. We really stepped up. Highlights of the year included: Full Membership of HASANZ gained by NZISM, OTNZ-WNA, NZOHNA, HFESNZ and NZOHS, each meeting stringent criteria. On 28 July they were joined by PNZ (Occupational He...

August 1, 2017

Let's talk about this

Safeguard's second annual State of the Nation survey unearthed a very interesting finding. Despite hitting a double digit increase in the number of people who believe health and safety is taken seriously in the workplace, the survey hit a downer when it came to rating confidence in the competence of health and safety professionals. Health and safety practitioners themselves were least confident in the competence of their peers. Out of the three groups of respondents surveyed, 55% of them ha...

April 20, 2017

"Absolutely Covello!"

The best keynote speaker was Dr Vincent Covello – I could have listened to him for two days!! Dr Vincent Covello is the director of the Centre for Risk Communication in New York City. A standout favourite speaker at our conference, HASANZ is bringing Dr Covello back to New Zealand to run two workshops in late March. I hope you have your name down for one of them and make this your CPD priority this year! We all know the importance of Continuing Professional Development to maintain our c...

February 14, 2017

Collaboration trumps competition

With the success of the first HASANZ Conference behind us, our focus is on two key goals: Growing the capability of the workplace health and safety sector. Ensuring the sustainability of HASANZ as an organisation. Achieving them requires us to work together as part of a broader, multidisciplinary professionals' network, influencing and shaping health and safety performance. Increasingly, collaboration will trump competition. Clients will be looking for health and safety professionals with...

December 6, 2016

It's our time!

HASANZ CONFERENCE 2016 is looming large and registrations are streaming in. For me, this is much more than an event – it's a milestone in building a community of practice among workplace health and safety professionals in New Zealand. The conference will be a buzzing marketplace for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and, I expect, more than a few good laughs. Discussion and debate will be at the forefront of two full days of stimulating inspiration in the coolest little capital in the world. ...

July 25, 2016

Conference programme out now

It's professional development time! The programme for HASANZ CONFERENCE 2016 is out now and promises to be an outstanding opportunity for you to upskill and increase your knowledge as our new workplace health and safety regime demands. You will leave the conference more informed and prepared to make a difference as a health and safety professional in this new order. I'm aware that there are lots of calls on the CPD dollar. And I'm confident that attendance at HASANZ CONFERENCE 2016 is a good...

May 30, 2016

A new way of thinking

The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) calls for a new way of thinking about health and safety where everybody in a workplace shares responsibility for making sure people get home healthy and safe. There's been a lot of noise and a degree of scaremongering in the market, accompanying the HSWA's arrival. It's timely to take a deep breath and look at what the new law actually requires. In most cases, businesses will be able to meet their responsibilities by taking some simple steps like review...

April 4, 2016

The year of change

This is the year of change. The new Health and Safety at Work Act comes into force on 4 April and will radically alter the landscape we work in. I believe it gives us the opportunity to redefine the role of workplace health and safety professionals. I see the role of the new health and safety professional as having four key facets: Leadership on health and safety matters Responsibility for building effective health and safety systems and processes Building the capability of staff to ...

February 2, 2016

Everbody's talking about it

Everyone's talking about health and safety. It's a good conversation to have because, with the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act, it's imperative that everyone is ready for the new regime. One of the biggest benefits of the new legislation is that is has raised awareness of the need to change New Zealanders' thinking about how to make work safe and healthy. The key message is that everyone has a part to play. That applies at every level in a business – from the Board to the boss t...

November 10, 2015

A turning point

The passing of the Health and Safety Reform Bill by Parliament on 29 August heralds a new era in New Zealand. There is a lot about this legislation that we can celebrate including stronger leadership expectations through due diligence requirements of officers, clear accountability, greater collaboration required between those in control of workplaces, worker participation and personal responsibility. In addition, there are stronger penalties to keep people focused on how important workplace heal...

September 10, 2015

New HASANZ Chair appointed

Craig Smith has been appointed Independent Chair of HASANZ, replacing Shenagh Gleisner who has completed her term as Establishment Chair. Craig is well known in the sector as he headed the secretariat for the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.He assisted with the establishment of WorkSafe NZ and, most recently, has been working with WorkSafe on its approach to its role as regulator. "Over the past three years, I have focused on developing initiatives to reduce workplac...

August 11, 2015

Fair sailing for HASANZ

The HASANZ boat was successfully launched in September 2014 and building the boat as we sail has been a challenging and exciting experience! At HASANZ's first AGM in May, it was very satisfying for me as Establishment Chair to formally record our many achievements in just nine months of voyaging. We have developed our approach to membership, we are well on the way to designing a register for competent health and safety professionals to go-live next year, we have made a submission to governmen...

July 7, 2015

Choosing a competent advisor

Raising the standard of workplace health and safety goes hand in hand with creating demand for competent, qualified health and safety advisors. Right now it may not be possible for every small business to confidently obtain the services of a good workplace health and safety professional. And they may well ask “where do I start”? That’s where HASANZ’s 5 Quick Questions come in – we’ve developed this checklist to help businesses screen prospective advisors and see i...

May 25, 2015

Safety in numbers

Over time, HASANZ will provide business with easier access to quality health and safety advice. We’ve started the ball rolling with a brief description of each member organisation , focusing on how they assist business.The bottom line is we’re all about increasing workplace health and safety – in numbers. HASANZ consists of ten founding member organisations and each adds value in their own way – our strength comes from our collective might and collaboration. We have also...

April 13, 2015

Getting down to business!

Listening to our customers – in our case businesses – is paramount to providing good service. HASANZ has been meeting with people in business, especially those representing high risk sectors and national business associations, to find out what businesses want from HASANZ and from workplace health and safety professionals. We've learned that: Businesses don't trust the current health and safety system or advisors. They want help from health and safety professionals to bridge the gap betwe...

March 5, 2015

A new year of action!

2015 is shaping up as a year of great steps forward for HASANZ. We have kicked off the year with each of our four work groups busily progressing key initiatives to build HASANZ into an effective, relevant organisation for workplace health and safety professionals and the people who use their services. Our "Plan on a Page" neatly summarises what we want to achieve this year. In brief, we are: Building the organisation to be sustainable long-term Building the professionalism of the wor...

January 26, 2015

HASANZ Implementation Support Manager Appointed

Karen Chaney has joined the HASANZ team as Implementation Support Manager. I'm looking forward to having her “on the ground" assistance Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at our Wellington office. As well as managing HASANZ's ongoing business and ensuring the delivery of key activities and projects, Karen will be spending a lot of her time scoping the development of a national, online health and safety professionals register. This will involve understanding the implications, timing, cost and reso...

December 7, 2014

Agreeing HASANZ priorities

HASANZ is successfully launched and now the work starts. Since my appointment as Chair of HASANZ in October I have taken the opportunity to visit every member organisation to find out their priorities for HASANZ in its first year. Pleasingly, there was broad agreement right across all ten of our founding member organisations. This is what they told me: · get a register established · excellent and impactful input to legislation · establish HASANZ as a ...

November 12, 2014

Chair appointed for new health and safety association

Business consultant and former seniorpublic servant Shenagh Gleisner has been appointed Establishment Chair of the new Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ), taking up the position today. As Establishment Chair she is responsible for leading HASANZ through its first year to ensure it becomes an effective umbrella organisation representing workplace health and safety professions in New Zealand. HASANZ was formed on 10 September 2014 and aims to raise professional standards to pr...

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