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HASANZ: A professional view—Be a step ahead!

PHILIP ALDRIDGE urges us to be a step ahead in thinking, learning and applying best practice in workplace health and safety.

These are exciting times for all of us in the workplace health and safety sector. The release of the draft Health and Safety at Work Strategy invites us to be a step ahead in helping to map the way forward to improving health and safety at work across New Zealand. I hope that you took the opportunity to provide feedback.

HASANZ supports the strategic approach of putting workers at the centre of our health and safety system. Increasingly, health and safety professionals will be expected to advise businesses on worker engagement, participation and representation, which evidence suggests is a good way to improve health and safety overall.

One of the four key focus areas of the Strategy is “Identifying the Capability Gaps and Opportunities”. In May HASANZ hosted a capability development forum, bringing together sector and business leaders with tertiary educators and the regulator to mobilise health and safety workforce development in New Zealand. It was a very productive day, facilitated by immediate past HASANZ chair Craig Smith. HASANZ will continue to work actively in this space with forum participants and our strategic partners.


Meanwhile, HASANZ is boosting staff to resource our own capability and capacity requirements! In addition to my own appointment, we have brought on board a business manager, Vic Tyler, to look after administration, member services and the HASANZ Register. Karen Chaney leaves us later this month. She has done an incredible job leading the development of the Register, while keeping the organisation running.

Mike O’Brien’s appointment as our new HASANZ independent chair is timely as we approach the launch of the HASANZ Register on 27 July and move towards a greater focus on engaging with business. Mike has an extensive background in business and governance. Craig Smith ensured a smooth handing over of the Chair’s baton to Mike; we truly appreciate his significant contribution to HASANZ.


The dynamic environment we work in makes it all the more important to be a step ahead as health and safety advisers. HASANZ Conference 2018 is an affordable way to raise the bar for your professional development and learn from a diverse range of experts. Join us in Wellington from 5 to 7 September for two days packed with tangible takeaways you can put into practice. I promise that you won’t be waiting for morning tea to arrive!

This is global thinking coming to us. International keynotes are:


John is an internationally acclaimed expert in Safety II – an approach that changes safety management from “avoiding things going wrong” to “ensuring everything goes right”. He will explore what changes we need to make to put people at the centre of workplace health and safety, rather than just focusing on good systems and processes.


Immediate Past President of the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organisations (INSHPO), Eldeen will talk about the capabilities, knowledge and skills it takes to be truly successful as workplace health and safety professionals today, with reference to INSHPO’s Occupational Health and Safety Professional Capability Framework.


Geoff will focus on the energising role of good mental health in the workplace and how this can be a competitive advantage. Drawing on personal experience of mental health issues and his transformational work as former Global Vice President HR with Unilever, he will show how focusing on worker wellbeing can grow business.


Julia is a Perth-based GP and president-elect of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists. Wearing two hats, Julia is passionate about the pluses of a multi-disciplinary approach to health and safety issues. Her address will include strategies for success in establishing effective working health collaborations across health and safety professions.


A local lens will be provided by New Zealand keynote speakers: WorkSafe COO Phil Parkes; NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff; and Pāmu Farms CEO Steve Carden.

Early bird registration closes 30 June. See the full programme and register at

Philip Aldridge is the executive director of HASANZ – the national body representing workplace health and safety professions.

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