Health and Safety Association New Zealand


GM Safety Forum

is a voluntary network for people in executive level roles who have responsibility for safety and wellbeing.

GM Safety Forum event - Masterclass

On Thursday 9 May, we will be hosting a masterclass from Josh Bryant, GM People, Risk & Sustainability at Australia-based Mitchell Services, who will outline how they moved from a focus on statistical performance and injury rates to enabling genuine understanding about the capacity to handle variability and a focus on controlling critical risks through a Human & Organisational Performance (HOP) and 4Ds (understanding what’s Dumb, Difficult, Different, and Dangerous) approach.

In turn, this approach has enabled leaders to be curious about ‘normal work’ with genuine care and interest from frontline managers to senior leaders and members of the Board, ultimately leading to improvements in the way work is done and performance across the board.

The session will be in Auckland, between 9.00 am and 11.30 am. You must register for this event by using the button below.


If you like to attend this event please contact us here.

How it helps 

While professional organisations already exist for technical health and safety professionals, previously there was no group to support executives whose responsibilities include wellbeing and safety, but who may or may not have a health and safety background. The GM Safety Forum fills this gap. 

Who it is for 

The GM Safety Forum is for people who sit at tier two of their organisation (tier three for very large organisations) and have the ability to mentor the CEO and/or directors on safety and wellbeing. Some members have technical health and safety backgrounds. Others come from other backgrounds such as people and culture, engineering, and law. 

What it does 

Key activities include: 

Learning: Developing the skills and knowledge of individual members, encouraging mentoring among members, and providing thought leadership on shared challenges and opportunities. 

Collaboration: Encouraging collaboration on specific initiatives, offering networking and information-sharing opportunities, and improving the capability of people working at all levels in health and safety. 

Influence: Helping to set industry standards, providing collective input into the development of government and sector group policies, and where possible supporting HASANZ initiatives to lift professional standards. 


The GM Safety Forum will help members grow their own capacity and leadership. It is also an opportunity for members to collaborate to improve New Zealand’s health and safety system and performance.



GM Safety Forum Video

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Presentation by Pam Pryor on the Book of Knowledge Presentation on the Book of Knowledge (BoK). The Bok for all OHS professionals, OHS educators, OHS students and anybody interested in OHS knowledge. 

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The key concepts that an OHS professional should be able to engage with to understand and control work-related fatality, injury, disease and ill-health (FIDI)The BoK covers a wider range of topics including risk management, Organisational culture, controls, hazardsA  number of organisations in NZ are using it.