EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S UPDATE August 2021

Aug 23, 2021

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa
We’re nearly there! I’m really looking forward to HASANZ CONFERENCE 2021 in a couple of weeks. Our conference is off to a great start, being opened at Parliament on the evening of 1 September 2021 by the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety. After the disappointment of postponing it last year because of the Covid-19 lockdown, it’s fantastic to see the fruition of so much planning and anticipation.
 
I hope you have been enjoying the “My top picks” series with HASANZ Governance Group members sharing their programme favourites. See the full conference programme.
We’re expecting to fill every seat. Register now so you don’t miss out!  And there’s still time to enter the best poster competition and be in to win $1500 (plus GST). It closes 27 August.

 
Welcome FAMANZ



The Faculty of Asbestos Management of Australia & New Zealand Limited (FAMANZ) has joined HASANZ as a Full Member. FAMANZ is the professional body representing all people working in the asbestos industry across Australia and New Zealand. It aims for all professionals in the asbestos industry to work together to achieve better health outcomes for workers and the general public. FAMANZ is represented on the Governance Group by Bridget Jennings.
 
HASANZ AGM/Stakeholder Event

On 29 July HASANZ held a special stakeholder event in Wellington, followed by a short, sharp AGM! It was an opportunity to connect with and thank many of our supporters and to update them on what HASANZ has achieved in the past year and our priorities going forward. The HASANZ annual report for FY 2020/2021 was released at the event and I encourage you to take a look – it’s an easy read!

L to R: Jackie Herd (Fonterra), Nick Crang (Duncan Cotterill), Paula Herring (ACC) and Terry Buckingham (Fonterra)

We were delighted to have the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, the Hon Michael Wood as a guest speaker. He highlighted the Government’s action areas for health and safety:
  • Strengthening the role of health and safety reps so workers have a voice.
  • Working to improve health and safety on publicly funded construction projects. The Government is identifying flagship transport projects for this purpose.
  • Mental health – “we want to make sure we can support employers to design work that is free from harm”.
Minister Wood showed real appreciation for the important role of health and safety professionals: “You are the people with the ability to create change and prevent harm in our workplaces. You are incredibly important in guiding businesses in delivering on their upstream duties (as owners/directors)”.

Presentations were also given by HASANZ Scholarship recipients Vance Walker and Deirdre Farr who showcased the research that their scholarships enabled.
 
Governance Group changes

At the AGM we formally welcomed HASANZ Governance Group members Miriska Gerber (NZOHS), Hamish McKay (HFESNZ) and Bridget Jennings (FAMANZ).
 
     

We farewelled two long-serving members: Phillip Tse (pictured left) from the New Zealand Institute of Hazardous Substances Management and Derek Miller (pictured right) from the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society. Phillip has been a steady contributor to HASANZ and Derek has been at the forefront of many initiatives, most notably our workforce development programme to increase the number of trained occupational hygienists in New Zealand. We will miss you. Thank you both for all the work you have done on behalf of your associations, our members as a whole and for workplace health and safety in New Zealand.
 
 

Mental health Roadshow

 
Presenters L to R: Olivia Lund (Duncan Cotterill), John Eatwll (IOP), me, Clare Lynne (NZOHNA) and John Fitzgerald (WorkSafe NZ)


John Eatwell highlighted that the most important thing you can do to improve wellbeing at work is to improve your relationship with your line manager. A key message from the roadshow is that it’s the job of everyone in the business to build a mentally healthy culture and environment. Culture is about “how we do things” and a shared Vision and values. It was a good reminder that we all have responsibility to look after our colleagues. HASANZ is hosting a fourth, free seminar in Queenstown on 17 September. Registrations are welcome now. HASANZ’s “Managing Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace” roadshow was held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch during July in conjunction with law firm Duncan Cotterill and WorkSafe NZ. Demand was so high we had to move to larger venues! Thanks to John Fitzgerald from WorkSafe NZ, John Eatwell from the Institute of Organisational Psychology and Clare Lynne and Judy Currie from the NZ Occupational Health Nurses Association for their excellent presentations.
 

 

Apply now for a HASANZ Scholarship

You have until 10 September to apply for a HASANZ Scholarship for tertiary study in 2022. Take your skills to the next level and broaden your career opportunities. There are five types of Scholarships on offer:

  • General
  • Postgraduate
  • Poutama (for Māori health and safety practitioners)
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Women in Safety.

 
The Women in Safety scholarship category was launched by Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) Chair Margaret van Schaik on 29 July at HASANZ’s stakeholder function. It aims to encourage women health and safety practitioners to upskill from a technical level into leadership and governance roles to influence health and safety leadership and governance practice in New Zealand.
 
Information and application forms for all HASANZ Scholarship categories can be found on our website.
 
A Field Day will be held on 20 August in Auckland for current HASANZ scholarship holders to build their health and safety, network with other recipients, and hear from Minister Wood and senior health and safety leaders. My next update will report back on the day.

 

Massey University - Healthy Work Group Research Project - New Zealand Workplace Barometer (NZWB) 2021

The New Zealand Workplace Barometer (NZWB), which is a survey designed to examine the causes and impacts of psychosocial hazards on important health and organisational outcomes. It was developed in collaboration with a WHO Collaborating Centre, tested in 2018 through a preliminary study and run again in 2019 & 2020. Last year 21 organisations and over 1400 respondents participated in the survey.

Massey University plan to run the survey during September and October this year.  Please take a look at some of the recruitment information as well as the report summarising results from all 2020 participants if you are interested in participating in this survey.

The 2020 New Zealand Workplace Barometer Report
Recruitment information for organisations NZWB 2021

If your organisation would like to participate, please contact Liz Ashby.
The New Zealand Workplace Barometer (NZWB), which is a survey designed to examine the causes and impacts of psychosocial hazards on important health and organisational outcomes. It was developed in collaboration with a WHO Collaborating Centre, tested in 2018 through a preliminary study and run again in 2019 & 2020. Last year 21 organisations and over 1400 respondents participated in the survey.

Massey University plan to run the survey during September and October this year.  Please take a look at some of the recruitment information as well as the report summarising results from all 2020 participants if you are interested in participating in this survey.

The 2020 New Zealand Workplace Barometer Report
Recruitment information for organisations NZWB 2021
 

If your organisation would like to participate, please contact Liz Ashby.


Massey University hazardous substances training                            

The first of two new hazardous substances courses is underway at Massey University’s College of Health, as part of their Occupational Health and Safety offering.  A second paper “Special Topic (Hazardous Substances Compliance Certifier)” will be offered next year. Enrolments for it open in January.
 
The two papers are part of a new hazardous substances training programme jointly developed by HASANZ, Hazardous Substances Professionals NZ, the NZ Institute of Hazardous Substances Management, Skills Organisation and Massey, with support from WorkSafe NZ. This programme is the start of a training pathway for hazardous substances compliance certifiers and can also be undertaken by anyone who wants to upskill in safe hazardous substances management. Working with Massey University to deliver this training pathway is a great opportunity to develop hazardous substances management understanding in New Zealand and grow the number of compliance certifiers in the workforce. For more information, please contact Associate Professor Ian Laird at I.S.Laird@massey.ac.nz

 
 

CPD opportunities

In addition to HASANZ CONFERENCE 2021, the following professional development opportunities are being offered by our member associations and partners.
 

 
  • The 2021 NZOHS Work-related Health Conference is also being held on 1 September at Front& Centre, Wellington. 
 
  • NZISM is holding its AGM on 1 September at the Sofitel Hotel in Wellington, starting at 3pm. Go directly from the AGM to our conference welcome function at Parliament.
   
  • HASANZ members are invited to attend one of Shop Care's webinars on Management and Governance of Critical Risks on 26 August at 10am or 30 September at 1pm (same content). These free, one-hour webinars on the fundamentals of a critical risk programme, provide insight to “what good looks like”. More information and registration.
 

   

Although pitched at the forestry sector, everyone is welcome at the Safetree Conference: Growing our Culture. Keynote speaker Nigel Latta will talk about the psychology of effective workplace practices, and how this relates to health and safety. Register at the FICA website.

 

 
HASANZ contact
Email is the easiest way to contact HASANZ. Please send any queries to info@hasanz.org.nz

Ngā mihi nui


Philip Aldridge

 
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