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NZISM Perspective—Busy times, but rewarding

IAN CLARK provides a wrap-up of what the Auckland and Otago NZISM branches have been up to of late.

The year has been filled with major incidents that have hit the headlines both here and around the world, and with this in mind the Auckland branch organised a training day on emergency management.

More than 75 people attended the seminar which started with a presentation from Marsh NZ on the lessons learnt both in the immediate aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake and the ongoing effects on people and businesses. This was followed by Civil Defence who talked about how disasters affect us, business continuity planning and investing in resilience.

The afternoon session began with a NZ Fire Service hazardous substances advisor facilitating a practical emergency scenario. During this session it was stressed that analysis of and planning for incidents is essential, emergency plans must be practiced and companies must know what resources they and the emergency services will need to resolve situations quickly and safely.

The day concluded with a video re-enactment of an actual incident, yet another reminder of how easily emergency situations can occur at any time and how important it is to be prepared – before, during and after.

The day reinforced the benefits of belonging to NZISM where there is the opportunity to interact with a wide range of OHS professionals, attend professional development sessions, discuss common health and safety issues, network, problem solve and know who to call on for more information on a wide range of safety subjects.

The Auckland branch recently held the inaugural Practitioner Awards to acknowledge the talent and innovation of safety professionals in their region. The Awards ceremony took place in front of over 80 people and the judges noted that they were impressed by the outstanding quality of applications and had a hard task deciding the winners.

The “3M Auckland Safety Practitioner of the Year Award” recognised the professionalism, enthusiasm and initiatives safety professionals provide to an organisation with the winner being Fiona Carney of Goodman Fielder and the runner up Kim Reid of IAG. In line with NZISM’s aims to develop members knowledge and skills, “The Practitioner Development Award”, sponsored by Edenfx HSE Recruitment and Impac, was won by Brian Cleûr, of the Electrical Training Company (ETCO). Paul Harper from Manukau Institute of Technology was runner up.

The Auckland Branch would like to acknowledge the generosity of the sponsors named above in supporting these awards

NZISM Otago held a very successful one day seminar “Working Together” in June. Registrations far exceeded expected numbers and the venue was moved to accommodate a much larger group than expected. The day began with coffee and chat over registrations. Paul Jarvie gave an introduction on implementing CPD with NZISM.

As the day progressed, the branch heard about the result of research conducted by university staff on topics such as fatigue and the impact of OOS in the workplace; and from local staff on working with ACC and DoL.

Two committee members presented their favourite subjects – air quality testing and HSNO, and the major sponsor Oceana Gold presented a paper about their Positive Attitude Safety System or PASS. Another sponsor Uvex talked on the use and functionality of eyewear.

Branch chairman Rob Pomare presented on zero harm in the workplace. The branch wished to thank all the sponsors including Chemsearch Ltd, Compliance & Certification Management Ltd, and Pact, and last but not least, the hard working committee who ensured the day was a tremendous success.

IAN CLARK is the NZISM national manager.

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