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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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President's Blog 7/4/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM. Recently the Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) released their report on their Independent Review of the health and safety framework and culture at POAL which was completed by CHASANZ. It included our own accredited members and is a solid report, covering the relevant areas, and as expected, with a sizeable range of suitable recommendations. ...

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iiRSM Award finalists - Dempsey Wood

We would like to congratulate NZISM member John McCammon and his multi-disciplinary team at Dempsey Wood who have been nominated as a finalists in the iiRSM Awards which will be held on 20 May and webcast from the UK. Category - "Change Programme ...

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CEO's Update 24/3/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters. I would like to begin this update by acknowledging the very courageous step our Southland Branch Manager Michelle Carter has taken, to publicly announce she is stepping back from her career to take care of her mental health, focus on her whanau and improve her wellbeing. While we will be sad to lose her leadership of our Southland Branch, the prioritisation of her mental health and her openness about this has demonstrated incredible self-awareness and role modelled what great leadership looks like. ...

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IOSH Magazine: Women in OHS

Women continue to make their mark around the globe in the area of OHS. This month, timed to celebrate International Women's Day (yesterday 8 March), IOSH Magazine's put a spotlight on female safety leaders, practitioners and influencers from around the world. One of the women chosen was our own President, Robyn Bennett. ...

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President's Blog 10/03/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM - There have been some interesting and robust discussions recently regarding the need for those undertaking health and safety investigations to be registered as private investigators under the Private Security Personnel And Private Investigators (PSPPI ) Act 2010. ...

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Sydney Dekker Masterclass Series

You told us in the annual member survey that you wanted to meet him. So guess who we have secured to undertake a special Masterclass Series, later this year? Yep, Mr Sidney Dekker himself! We won't be hauling a roadshow around this year, so this series stands in its place. It means no-one will miss out, regardless of where they live.We hope you are as excited as we ar ...

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CEO's Update 24/02/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters, Hopefully, you have all had a chance to submit your vote on the election of a new Governance Board member, Kristen Thompson. Voting closes on 17th March and I encourage you to participate in this process if you haven’t already. This year marks the end of the first 2-year term for the Governance Board, so we will be undertaking further elections later in the year to reappoint Board members who re-stand and fill any vacancies that arise. We will take the lessons learned through this experience into the next election process. ...

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President's Blog 10/02/21

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM, As I am sitting in Dunedin on a hot sunny day, I am reminded how climate can make a difference to how we work. There was an interesting article that came out in 2018 about the role of the safety climate in implementation of safety management systems (such as OHSAS 18001) in construction industries. ...

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Practitioner to Professional Award

This year NZISM is launching the inaugural Practitioner to Professional Award. This award will be given to one accredited NZISM Practitioner member every year. The award will include a year’s complimentary membership to NZISM with the many benefits associated with membership and a 12-month mentorship with a Certified Professional NZISM member. ...

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CEO's Update 27/01/21

Welcome back NZISM members and supporters! I hope you all had a much-deserved rest and spent time recuperating from the madness of last year. I had forced rest over the holidays due to fracturing my ankle just before Christmas. We had planned a hectic schedule of travelling around catching up with friends and whanau and camping in Northland. However, we had to change our plans to accommodate my mobility issues and although it was frustrating, what I realised was the holiday planned wouldn’t have given me the rest that my mind and body needed. ...

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President's Blog 23/12/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM. As we wind down for the end of the year, I know many of us will be relieved 2020 is nearly over. Our experiences will be unique to us as individuals, and although it's not always a pleasant experience, it’s a good time to reflect on what didn’t go so well, and in this year most importantly, what successes we had. ...

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NZISM joins Standards NZ IRG

For some time, New Zealand Inc. held observer (O) membership of ISO/Technical Committee 283 – Occupational Health and Safety Management. In October 2020, New Zealand moved to participating (P) membership. This came around due to specific interest relating to a standard being developed by working group 2 (WG 2), ISO/Draft International Standard (DIS) 45003 - Occupational health and safety management — Psychological health and safety at work: managing psychosocial risks — Guidelines. An International Review Group (IRG) was established made up of five persons, all with relevant backgrounds. ...

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CEO's Update 9/12/20

Kia ora koutou members and supporters, Thanks to everyone who took time out to respond to our annual survey. We have had such a great response and we are working through all of the comments and suggestions to ensure we capture everything. This is the most important activity for us in terms of ensuring the decisions we make align with the expectations of our members. We read every comment to learn from our mistakes, to do more of what you love, and to drive a focus on the things that matter to you. ...

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