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President's Blog 8/9/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM. The Covid vaccination is a very topical subject at the moment, so I thought I’d reflect on a couple of aspects that impact on us in the health and safety profession. Firstly, I’d like to state that NZISM’s Board and SLT strongly support Covid vaccinations for those in the workplace, in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s Guidelines and applicable laws. We’ve heard about some workplaces having a ‘no jab, no job’ policy and this must be challenging when we temper that with the fundamental right to decline medical treatment, on medical and/or religious grounds. ...

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Sharon Champness Joins NZISM Governance Board

Thank you to all those members who voted in the recent Board elections. We are delighted to announce that both Grant Nicholson and Mike Cosman were re-elected and that Sharon Champness was successful as our new board member. ...

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CEO's Update 25/8/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM. AGM Postponed: Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we will not be able to meet a quorum so will be reconvening our upcoming AGM. Whilst we are all disappointed at the news of this current situation, the lessons learnt last year have swung into place and we will be managing this AGM via zoom soon. We have some important resolutions up for vote this year so we want to see as many of you as possible attending online and voting. I will be sending out an update once the Senior Leadership Team have confirmed the new date. ...

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Annual General Meeting 2021

Due to the current Level 4 restrictions on face-to-face events, the NZISM Annual General Meeting is unable to proceed on the scheduled date, 1st September 3pm. As no quorum will be able to be present at the meeting, the meeting is adjourned and will be reconvened when appropriate by notice to all current NZISM members by the Senior Leadership Team. ...

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Update: Accident Investigators and the Private Security and ...

The Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority (PSPLA) was set up to regulate and lift standards for security guards and private investigators. A judgement in June 2020 by the PSPLA has implications for workplace incident investigators. The Authority determined that a consultant who specialises in independent investigations into workplace complaints is covered by the definition of a ‘private investigator’ in the Private Security and Private Investigators Act 2010 (the Act), and so should be licensed under this Act. Under the definition this could potentially include health and safety professionals who undertake workplace investigations, health and safety auditors, and HR Professionals. Note that this judgement relates to consultants external to a company and not advisors who are employees. ...

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Presidents Blog 11/8/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM, ...

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Breakfast TV - Robyn Bennett fronts up on 'Burnout'

According to international research, it's almost a certainty that you or someone close to you is suffering from chronic workplace stress. So how to combat the wide spread issue of "burnout" in our workplaces? ...

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CEO's Update 28/7/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters - What a few weeks we have had! Two weeks ago, we welcomed the launch of our Sidney Dekker Masterclass series, the first of four webinars. For those that purchase tickets, recordings will be available online for one month, so if you aren’t available for the live sessions, you can watch the recordings before the following webinar. There is a lot of deep thinking required, but that is why it's called a Masterclass. ...

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Governance Board Internship Opportunity

The New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) is New Zealand’s leading professional membership association for health and safety practitioners and professionals. With approximately 2,000 members across 14 branches throughout New Zealand, our purpose is to influence better health and safety outcomes at work. ...

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President's Blog 14/7/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters. We read and hear about health and safety incidents, injuries and deaths it seems more frequently than in the past. Most recent in my mind is the horror of the deaths in the Bangladesh factory from what seems to be an illegally locked door. ...

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Your new webinar hosts

It was a tall order, trying to find someone to fill the shoes of Carlie Cossill as she prepares to hang up her headphones and embark on a full-time role back in the OHS workforce. However, WE DID IT!We are delighted to introduce you to Karl Berendt and Ben ...

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CEO's Update 30/6/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters. All the branches have now held their AGMs and our local committees have welcomed in a mix of new Branch Managers and committee volunteers. The work your local branches undertake on behalf of NZISM enables members to gather together to share experiences, knowledge and build their local networks. We are incredibly proud of all our volunteers and I want to thank all those who have given their time in support of the profession. ...

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Kerbside collections - your input requested

In February 2020, the Ministry for the Environment commissioned WasteMINZ to undertake a national research and engagement programme and make recommendations for the standardisation of kerbside collections in New Zealand. The final report included four key recommendations. One recommendation related to the standardisation of materials collected at kerbside. Two recommendations focused on how the materials could be collected and the final recommendation encouraged local government to implement kerbside collections of food waste. ...

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Working Together for better outcomes

The health and safety community in New Zealand is small and interconnected in a wide variety of ways, and much of what we get done and how we get it done, is based on a foundation of good relationships. This is very noticeable when sitting on the HASANZ governance group along with the other health and safety disciplines as we work to raise the profile of what we do to wider New Zealand.As one of the larger health and safety associations, it’s particularly important for NZISM to take a leadership role and be advocatin ...

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CEO's Update 19/5/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters. This week on the 21st and 22nd of May we celebrate Global Leadership Day. To mark this occasion, I would like us all to take the opportunity to check in with ourselves and with our colleagues. This past year has been an extraordinary time where many of us have had to cope with an inordinate amount of stress both in our personal and professional lives. ...

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Free Prize Draw - Safeguard Conference

NZISM is delighted to offer one lucky member the opportunity to win a free ticket to attend the Safeguard National Health & Safety Conference at the Cordis Hotel on 1-2 June 2021. ...

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President's Blog 05/05/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM. Health and safety impacts on all workplaces and with over 2,000 members across the country and internationally, we have reach into many and varied organisations. One of current challenges is managing the health and safety aspects of MIQ facilities. ...

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ESL IMPAC Internship

ESL Network Partner, IMPAC, shares our commitment to mentor and grow the industry’s up-and-coming practitioners and in support of this are offering a great opportunity to a deserving ESL network member. ...

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Masterclass Content Confirmed

Details of this much-anticipated Masterclass series are now available. Find out more ...

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April 28 - World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Wednesday 28th April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year’s theme focuses on the investment into resilient occupational safety and health systems that help in anticipating, preparing and responding to crisis situations. Since it emerged as a global crisis in early 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced many aspects of the working environment from transmission risk to the OHS risks created by the measures we have implemented in workplaces to respond to the threat of the virus. In New Zealand COVID-19 has largely been dealt with as a public health issue. ...

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Remembering Ravi Kolluru

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the sudden passing of our dear colleague and friend, Ravi Kolluru.Ravi was a much loved and respected ...

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Getting worker buy-in - ACC subsidy for H&S advice

Involving staff in selecting their own personal protective equipment (PPE) has paid off for the Christchurch-based maker of the Woodsman brand of log fires, W.H Harris. In the past, the company sometimes had issues getting staff to wear the correct PPE, says W.H. Harris Operations Manager Mark Streeter. “But rather than go down the track of forcing people to wear equipment they didn’t like, we decided to involve them in choosing new PPE themselves,” Mark says. To do this, the company engaged Sue MacEwan, a HASANZ-registered H&S Professional with consultancy Safe & Sound Solutions. ...

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ESL Scholarship Closes TODAY 5pm

ESL Network Partner, IMPAC, shares our commitment to mentor and grow the industry’s up-and-coming practitioners and in support of this are offering two great opportunities to deserving ESL network members. ...

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