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Learnings from Aimex

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

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Support in adversity

Kia ora koutou katoa members and supporters, ...

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Celebrating 5 years of the HASANZ Register

Five years and steadily growing! This week HASANZ celebrates the ...

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The Gift of Bad News

As members of the health and safety community our organisations face numerous challenges when it comes to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. We know it’s important to celebrate successes and accomplishments, and many of us do this very well. However, it is equally crucial to pay attention to bad news and negative feedback. It can be an uncomfortable and challenging experience, but being open and receptive to bad news can assist in improving an organisation's health and safety.For all of us, our primary goal is to protect the well ...

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Why is the mental wellbeing of workers our responsibility?

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM,A common question asked by business owners and leaders, often from genuine curiosity, is ‘why is mental health and wellbeing of workers our responsibility?’The short answer is, in New Zealand, workplace health and safety encompasses not only physical risks but also psychosocial risks. And that a person conducting a business or undertaking is required to ensure the safety of their employees, protect both their physical and mental health and manage risks arising from exposure to hazards at work. Hence the importance of considering psychosocial risks that can impact worker wellbeing. ...

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Victoria University of Wellington reviews viability of Maste...

You may have heard that Victoria University of Wellington has a $33 million shortfall in its budget. As part of its response, the university is reviewing 59 programmes, including the Master of Health, in Workplace Health and Safety. ...

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Commonwealth OHS. Leaders

This year's World Day for Safety and Health at Work (Fri 28 April) marks ten months since the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted a safe and healthy working environment as a fundamental right. To mark the occasion, IOSH has reached out to ten OHS leaders from across the Commonwealth and NZISM President, Robyn Bennett, was one of them. ...

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Top 5 Things to have the biggest impact on H&S in workplaces

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters. Thank you to all those who responded to our recent request for feedback on the top five things that members believe would have the biggest impact on health and safety in workplaces, in Aotearoa. Unsurprisingly the issue that had the largest response was improving regulatory engagement. ...

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CLOCS

In our busy fast-paced, ever-changing environments, it can be challenging to look outside of our current workspace and maintain an awareness of research, trends and initiatives that are happening offshore. However, if we do not protect time to do so, we remain reactive, not proactive. Monitoring trends is important so that we can anticipate the future impact on our capacity, capability, labour markets, and supply chains. Maintaining sight of the curve can protect our workforce and ensure we are responding in a timely and considered manner, rather than playing catch up at the end. One international trend that we might look to is the development and adoption of CLOCS – Construction Logistics and Community Safety. ...

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Consultation on HB 167:2006 Security Risk Management

Standards Australia has invited Standards New Zealand to participate in a project relating to a handbook which is currently joint and where it is perceived that New Zealand may have an interest in participating in this project. Proposal Doc 1 Proposal Doc 2 Seeking your inputStandards ...

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International Women's Day - 8 March

And just like that, it's March! One of the exciting events this month is always International Women’s Day on 8 March. One might ask why, in 2023, we still observe International Women’s Day (IWD). It is a global celebration of the political, cultural, economic, and social achievements of women that also highlights the work that remains to achieve genuine equality. IWD invites us to reflect on gendered or diversity, equality, and inclusivity (DEI) issues and consideration within our own organisations, as well as those organisations that we support and across the industry. ...

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Cyclone Gabrielle

To all of our members across the North Island who have been impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle, our thoughts are with you. ...

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Newly accredited members

Congratulations to those members who are already off to a flying start in 2023 having successfully taken their next step along the accreditation pathway. ...

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Christmas wishes

Kia ora koutou members and supporters, This is the last newsletter of 2022 and I’d like to thank you all for being part of this amazing community of practitioners and professionals. I’d like to give a very special thanks to all our members who volunteered in 2022, working tirelessly to support your peers and the industry. Your mahi on behalf of all of us is much appreciated. ...

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The importance of Face-2-Face Connection

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM. Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the HASANZ conference in Wellington. It was a few years in the making and it was a fantastic event. There were so many excellent presentations over the two days I am confident that everyone in attendance went away with some gems to think about, particularly in terms of how to embed what they learnt into their individual ‘business as usual’ and how to support their organisations to grow... ...

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ACC's AEP - its time to consult

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM. Consultation on proposed changes to ACC’s Accredited Employers Programme (AEP) is open and there are only a few days left to make a submission (due 6 November 2022). The current AEP regime is over 20 years old now and has been overdue for a refresh for a while now. ...

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Governance Forum - applications open

NZISM is establishing an online forum for members who are interested in developing their Governance careers. This forum will be by invitation only and limited to people who are currently engaged in Governance roles or who are independently undertaking Governance training with the aim of holding a Governance role in the future. ...

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International update from INSHPO

Greg Dearsly represents NZISM on the international stage as President of the International Network of Safety & Health Professional Organisations (INSHPO). INSHPO's Board of Directors recently met in Barcelona (3-5 Oct 2022) for its Interim Board meeting and Workshop and Greg was able to give us first-hand feedback on key points of this important meeting. ...

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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 2,500 members across 14 branches throughout New Zealand, our purpose is to influence better health and safety outcomes at work. ...

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PSPLA Decision

Kia ora koutou members and supporters. Members will recall that we have highlighted an ongoing investigation by the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority (PSPLA) into whether or not external health and safety auditors and investigators need to be licensed under their legislation. A detailed legal submission was made on behalf of HASANZ whilst NZISM also made its own, presented in person by Robyn Bennett. Karl Berendt and I joined online whilst Jodi Wright from NZSC also attended. ...

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Canterbury conference

Kia ora koutou members and supporters. Last week I attended the Canterbury CPD Conference, Sharing Solutions for a Stronger Future, which was held in conjunction with NZOHNA. It was wonderful to see so many health and safety practitioners and professionals gathered to engage in face-to-face networking and professional development. I’d like to extend my gratitude to all those involved in delivering this conference. It’s a massive undertaking with many hours of work contributed by local volunteers, the national office, and our generous speakers and sponsors. I enjoyed hearing from a variety of experts, who came together to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of all who attended. ...

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PSPLA Update 7/9/22

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM. Last week I participated in the hearing in relation to the implications of the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 (PSPPI Act) on health and safety investigators and auditors. ...

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CEO Update 24/8/22

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM. This week officially marks five years since I joined this wonderful organisation and I couldn’t be prouder of the progress we have made. When I stepped into the role, I had no experience working in health and safety. There was such a huge learning curve to conquer. I was very aware of my limited ability to speak on behalf of the profession. Thankfully I had Greg Dearsly as President by my side, who fulfilled the role of member representative and H&S expert for NZISM. ...

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