Setting the standard for health and safety advice and services in the workplace

The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) is the umbrella organisation representing workplace health and safety professions in New Zealand.
An incorporated society, HASANZ aims to raise professional standards across the sector while connecting businesses with trusted health and safety professionals.

H&S Generalist career pathway initiative

Supporting the industry to address the growing need for more professionals.

New Zealand is experiencing a growing demand to find an extra two thousand health and safety professionals over the next ten years. We have responded proactively to this new scenario by developing guidance to support individuals, managers and recruiters to understand better the Health and Safety Generalist profession and industry, so we are all well prepared to fill the future gaps in the country.  

The H&S Generalist career pathway initiative started last year. It was led by Health and Safety Association of NZ (HASANZ), NZ Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) and the NZ Safety Council, which have worked collaboratively to create new resources to support New Zealanders to take a ‘second look’ at health and safety. 

This month, we are launching the outcomes of this work which has been materialized in three guides aimed to a) attract and engage new individuals to the H&S industry; b) and to support recruiters and managers to recruit the human resources they need for their organisations.

Below, we invite you to explore the three main guidance documents of the H&S Generalist career pathway initiative: 

Health & Safety Generalist Pathway – this is an overview of the pathway, and supports people looking to start out, transfer to or expand an existing career in health and safety. Download here.

A Guide for Individuals - this is to support clarifying what a health and safety generalist does, and the core skills and attributes needed for individuals to be successful. It also clarifies what good looks like across different roles. Download here.

A Guide for Recruiters and Managers – this supports line managers with health and safety responsibilities, or health and safety teams; as well as those responsible for recruiting health and safety roles into an organisation. Download here.

An extensive amount of work has gone into creating these documents and HASANZ would like to thank all contributors for their hard work and dedication. We would like to acknowledge the Government Health & Safety Lead and Margaret Van Schaik especially, who have worked tirelessly to ensure the successful completion of this project.   

NZOHNA Workforce Development Project

Workers and businesses across New Zealand are benefitting from employing the services of occupational health nurses. The NZOHNA workforce development project aims to raise the profile of Occupational Health in NZ as it has been identified that Occupational Health will be in short supply across NZ. In this 3min video Meghan talks about her career in Occupational health as an employee in business. NZOHNA will be filming a number of nurses in different locations around NZ provide insights not only for nurses wanting to join the career of Occupational Health, but support business to see the value add a Qualified Occupational Health Nurse can bring to business.


HASANZ CONFERENCE 2022 is now being held on 16-18 November at Te Papa in Wellington.
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