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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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President's Blog 7/4/21

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

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ESL Scholarship and Internship Applications Now Open

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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CEO's Update 24/3/21

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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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President's Blog 25/11/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM. NZISM frequently provides content to the media on health and safety issues. Occasionally there is interest and uptake, although rarely do we make it to the larger media outlets. Recently we have been promoting NZISM as a willing and collaborative partner in the wider discussion regarding management of healthcare, border control and quarantine facilities, with the intent of providing our expertise to add depth and a different lens to the current approach. ...

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Robyn Bennett urges COVID-19 taskforce

NZISM President, Robyn Bennett, joins expert guests on RNZ's The Panel'. She argues an urgent task force is needed to address COVID-19 health and safety at work risks, especially in healthcare and other high risk areas. Can we marry clinical and health & safety perspectives? ...

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CEO Update 11/11/20

Kia ora members and supporters: NZISM, on behalf of its members, welcomes Michael Wood as the new Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety. As we have done previously we will be offering Michael NZISM honorary membership for his Ministerial term and we look forward to working with him to influence better health and safety outcomes at work. We will be following with interest the decisions he makes early on, with a hope that any potential review of the HSWA further strengthens the role that health and safety practitioners and professionals play in keeping workers safe. ...

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NZISM / Saiosh Reciprocal Agreement

New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) and South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh) are excited to announce the signing of a Reciprocal Agreement. This is an important step in opening up our global partnerships and acknowledging the internationally aligned standards for the health and safety profession within our two countries. This agreement provides a framework for continued cooperation and mutual recognition of our members. Reciprocal grading will be applied with the following alignment: ...

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President's Blog 28/10/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM. Recently I was fortunate enough to attend a presentation by Neil Mookerjee who holds the role of Duty Holder Review Manager, Specialist Interventions at WorkSafe. He outlined the role of the Duty Holder Review Team and how they support organisations with their investigations. ...

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Annual report 2020

We invite you to take the time to explore the digital version of our 2020 Annual Report 2019-20. You can navigate your way around the document using the encircled buttons on the right hand side of the pages and also from the subheadings on the Contents page. ...

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CEO Update 14/10/20

Kia ora koutou members and supporters. This update is written with a mixture of sadness and pride. I received a message from a member last weekend to advise they had been in the depths of despair and had been contemplating suicide. My heart sank with the news, and I immediately called our member, who will remain anonymous but who has given permission to tell a small part of their story. ...

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President's Blog 30/09/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM. I have been fortunate enough over the course of my career to audit a number of companies and recently I was back at one where, over the course of two years, they have achieved what can only be described as transformational change. ...

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RCS health assessment pathway

WorkSafe, ACC and the Ministry of Health have been working collaboratively with health professionals in the national Dust Diseases Taskforce to understand and respond to the emerging risk to engineered stone workers of exposure to respiratory crystalline silica (RCS). RCS can cause accelerated silicosis, a potentially serious lung disease. This has been seen overseas in those working with engineered (i.e. artificial) stone used in the benchtop industry. ...

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CEO Update 16/9/20

Kia ora koutou katoa members and supporters, Thank you to all those that attended our virtual AGM last Thursday. When I think about the very first AGM I attended, I had been in the role just under a month. We headed to New Plymouth for the National Executive Committee meeting and had the AGM combined that afternoon. I believe we had a handful of members attempting to watch online but the video and sound quality were nothing like what we now experience using Zoom virtual meeting software. I'm keen to hear from you about your experience with this year's online AGM because delivering these online means more members get to participate in the formal procedures and I believe it makes sense to continue this approach moving forward. ...

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