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 respected organisation – put all the basics in place

· produce insightful communications which build confidence

· promulgate a minimum standard

· seek input to education and training development.

These priorities were endorsed by the Leadership Team at HASANZ’s first official meeting on 6 November. They provide a clear steer for our focus in HASANZ’s first year of operation.

We have agreed to do some big pieces of work:

· setting up HASANZ as a sustainable organisation, including forward resourcing

· developing a business plan for HASANZ and a work plan with tangible deliverables

· reaching outwards through effective stakeholder engagement and communications management, industry advocacy, promoting the health and safety professions, improving H&S education and training, and exploring how we can lift competence – this includes whether and how to set up a register of workplace H&S professionals

· thinking about future membership of HASANZ including criteria for joining us.

I am impressed by the collaborative spirit of HASANZ intent on improving the workplace health and safety sector in New Zealand. Building business confidence in the quality of advice and service that occupational health and safety professionals deliver is most important to us. We will achieve this in partnership with our key stakeholders, especially business leaders, to develop sustainable, practical solutions.

Everything we do will serve our purpose of promoting excellence in workplace health and safety practice.

Shenagh Gleisner