UPDATE FROM THE NZISM PRESIDENT

By NZISM Secretary

24/09/2019


Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM.

Recently the Employers and Manufacturers Association released the NZIER report into business attitudes towards compliance issues. This report focused on a number of areas of compliance including labour market regulation, health and safety and consumer protection. Of course, my focus here is on the findings from the report related to health and safety. Actually, there was good news to tell. The opening pages of the report asked three questions: What is working well? What is working poorly? and What’s missing in action? - and it might surprise you to read that Health and Safety was assessed as doing well. The data for this report was obtained from a range of public sources and a small number of qualitative interviews with members of EMA Northern during the period December 2018 - January 2019.

So, what was business saying?

Firstly, there were findings that management, leadership and board time was increasing in terms of health and safety - probably not a surprise; the positive spin on that is well managed health and safety might impose cost on an organisation but there is recognition that it creates value for the business through reducing business risk and ACC levies and is taken more seriously by management with business seeing a reduction in injuries and accidents.

Of interest was the commentary about where health and safety advice is coming from, in particular for SME’s and sub-contractors. It was found that while corporates and tier one companies were reasonably comfortable with their internal resourcing, they were also having to lend a hand and sometimes invest in developing their supply chain's capability in health and safety. This is, of course, exactly what was suggested should happen when the Health and Safety at Work Act was being drafted and the discussion around what the burden of compliance would have on small business, so it’s great to hear that big business is starting to step up and help the smaller members of their supply chain improve.

The overarching statement in the report states that, “The cost of compliance with H & S seems to be creating benefits for the business, workforce, output, quality and customer preferences alike and may in fact be an example of an effective desirable regulatory outcome.”

If you want to read the report, it's available in the members resource section of the website.

NZISM Code of Professional Ethics

It been some time since I wrote about what it means to be a member of NZISM. The behaviours outlined in our Code of Professional Ethics are built on responsibility, integrity and honesty. This Code is to assist you, as a member of NZISM, to know and understand the standards of integrity, professionalism and behaviour which we, as a professional organisation, consider essential. The key criteria set out in the Code of Professional Ethics are as follows:
  • Act and work responsibly and competently at all times to improve health and safety in workplaces.
  • Give priority to the health, safety and welfare of employees, employers and other workplace health and safety stakeholders.
  • Ensure work carried out by others under their direction is performed competently with honesty and integrity and is accurately reported.
  • Ensure they do not knowingly engage in any illegal or unprofessional practices.
  • Honour their responsibilities to NZISM, their Branch, their profession, employer, client, colleagues and themselves.
  • Honour the constraints that are set out in legislation including but not limited to the Fair Trading Act 1986 and the Privacy Act 1993 and subsequent changes to legislation.
  • Co-operate and support the NZISM and Branch activities.
  • Participate in the development of sound working relationships and interactions with other organisations at appropriate levels.
  • Perform their work and duties with integrity, honesty and equity while adhering to legal principles.
  • Provide advice, express an opinion or make statements in an honest, objective, impartial and efficient way and consider the reasonably foreseeable consequences of that advice.
  • Perform work within their areas of competence and within the limits of their abilities. Members shall not undertake responsibilities in relation to health and safety which they do not believe themselves competent to discharge.
  • Acknowledge any limitations in their own competence and shall not undertake any activities for which they are not appropriately prepared for and or not suitably qualified.
For a full version of the Code of Ethics, please refer to the NZISM website.

If we as an industry are to contribute to addressing the capability and capacity issues that exist in the industry we need to be leading the charge in professionalism and the way we behave when operating in the health and safety system, including when working with those who call on us to assist in developing health and safety within their business or when engaging with other colleagues within the industry. This obviously applies no matter what your employment status, be it consultant, contractor or employee.

Finally, I am looking forward to supporting three branches in the coming month at their various CPD days with Tauranga, Rotorua and Invercargill all running events in the next few weeks. I encourage members in those regions to support their local branch activity; it’s a great way to recognise your colleagues on local committees and the hard work they put in to organise events for your benefit.

Ngā mihi mahana

Greg Dearsly
President
If you wish to contact me, please email me at president@nzism.org