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 taken the first steps towards establishing a national, online register of competent workplace health and safety professionals. A business analyst is working with HASANZ to scope the design of the register, with business needs clearly in mind.

Building the professionalism of the workplace health and safety sector is essential to having a stronger voice and better representation in business circles. I sometimes hear from business leaders that the health and safety person keeps telling us what managers can’t do, not what we can be done to make the business thrive. I believe that increasing leadership skills in the sector will deliver a more confident health and safety message to business and see more workplace health and safety professionals take their place at “the top table”. The future looks very good if the sector can rise to this culture change and leadership challenge.

With a view to shaping the future, I also urge you to have your say on the draft regulations supporting the new Workplace Health and Safety Act – out now!