President's Blog 23/12/20

By NZISM Secretary


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.

For me personally, there are things that I would have liked to have done better and regret that I didn’t, and I’m sure there are those of you that can relate to that. We have, however, collectively and successfully managed COVID-19, with huge amounts of work put in by our members across New Zealand to protect the workforce and the public. The results of this work, and your efforts in your profession cannot be underestimated.

With 2021 on its way, it’s also a good time to think of what we might do in terms of professional development. I know it’s probably not top of your ‘to do’ list right now. However, I think it’s essential to flag that it’s going to become increasingly important. There is a constant demand for qualified and experienced practitioners and professionals, and we are seeing a greater number of senior leaders and execs looking to the health and safety profession for advice and guidance. We are now being asked, and our voice is being heard, and we need to maintain our professional currency to ensure we give competent, current and informed advice. NZISM has the CPD Self-Assessment on the NZISM website which, when completed, can help to identify the areas that could benefit from development. I urge you to have a go.

Finally, I wish you, your friends and family all the best for the holidays and your celebrations, and I look forward to representing you in 2021.

Ngā mihi

Robyn Bennett