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Webinar: Worksafe: Priorities to drive ‘Better Work’

15/09/2021 02:00pm to 3:00pm

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New Zealand’s health and safety outcomes have plateaued in recent years, and doing health and safety the same way won’t deliver the improvement we need.

Better Work is about changing how work is designed and done so that we can ensure healthy, safe and productive work for all New Zealanders. To support this change, WorkSafe is focusing its regulatory efforts in key areas:

  • airborne risks and carcinogens
  • workforce participation, engagement and representation (WEPR)
  • intervening at the top of supply chains (including focusing on the duties of directors)
  • plant, structures and vehicles.

Phil Parkes will talk about the history and background of this approach, why it is needed now, and what organisations can expect from WorkSafe as it is being implemented.

Presenter Bio

Phil is the Chief Executive of WorkSafe New Zealand, taking up the role in 2020. Previous to this he was Chief Operating Officer, leading WorkSafe's Operations Group of over 300 employees, including High Hazards, Energy and Public Safety, Health and Safety Innovation, Operational Excellence, General Inspectorate, Specialist Interventions, and Health and Technical Services.

Phil has extensive regulatory and leadership experiences from previous roles in both NZ and the UK. Prior to WorkSafe, he was GM Policy & Legal at NZ Environmental Protection, leading the implementation of a new regulatory framework for environmental effects of off-shore petroleum and mineral activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Phil has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health and an MSc in Environmental Management and has completed an executive leadership course with Mt Eliza Business School.


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