By NZISM Secretary


Kia ora members, with one eye on the changing landscape of NZISM with our organisational restructure, we need to keep the other eye focused on the future of the health and safety workforce of New Zealand, ensuring our strategic direction aligns with the future needs of our workplaces. According to a study from CSIRO’s Data61 in partnership with Safe Work Australia, there are six megatrends shaping the future workforce environment in Australia. These trends can be applied internationally and are certainly relevant to New Zealand.
As a highlight the trends include:
1. The extending reach of automated systems and robotics.
The costs of advanced automated technologies are likely to continue falling and the capabilities and widespread deployment are likely to continue rising. Physical workplace injury is predicted to fall by 11 per cent by 2030 as the use of robotics including AI and drones replaces dull, dirty and dangerous tasks.
If you are interested in learning more about drones we are running a webinar on 4th December covering Drones, Zones and Compliance with Heather Andrews. For more information see the promotion later in this newsletter or click on this link:https://www.nzism.org/book/zOvkpZv0mYxZJt1bvlyd83OV/
2. Rising workplace stress and mental health issues.
The World Health Organisation forecasts mental health issues will be the leading health concern across the globe by 2030. As an industry we need to better understand how this impacts on the roles we have and tasks we perform every day.
To support our members in this space we are launching our very own Peer Support Network. The article following this update provides more information on this service, specifically why you may want to use the peer support network, how to access it and whose part of the peer support team.
3. Rising screen time, sedentary behaviour and chronic illness.
The amount of daily screen time has grown for both adults and children and there is a continued drift away from manual jobs towards sedentary jobs. Rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic illnesses continue to rise.
What are you doing personally to keep active, we need to be leading our teams by example. Do you have great initiatives within your workplace as part of a wellness programme that we could share with the membership? We want to create the opportunity for members to share knowledge and expertise, only by supporting each other can we have any impact on the industry as a whole.
4. Blurring the boundaries between work and home.
An increasingly large share of workers are entering into work arrangements that enable them to work from home or other locations, blurring the boundaries between work and home life.
The national office of NZISM is operated in this way and the benefit to NZISM is that we have no property expenses, which as a not for profit membership association ensures our funds are directed at providing valuable services to members. It also provides those of us with children, flexibility to manage our lives around work commitments and work commitments around whanau life. However this benefit comes with its own set of challenges. I am mindful of the issues this can raise for our team and one of my approaches to reducing the impact on home life is no emails on the weekend. I don’t always abide by my own rules, but I really try hard to ensure I’m not sending emails to the team during this time. I’d love to hear from members who are managing to delineate between work and home life effectively.
5. The gig and entrepreneurial economy.
A shift away from traditional employment patterns towards freelance task-based work poses new challenges for the way WHS risks are managed. We hear a lot about the gig economy and the risks for this workforce, we’d love to hear from members who have experience in this area, what are you doing to support these workers, I’m sure we could all benefit from hearing your stories.
6. An ageing workforce.
The average age of our workforce is increasing along with the ageing of the population as a whole and older workers are having to stay in the workforce longer. NZISM has started to collect statistics on our membership and age range is one of the measures we are keen to understand. When you renew your membership you are prompted to answer a series of questions, this is optional. The information we gather helps us paint a clearer picture of our membership, so please remember to fill in any blank spaces when you access your details, it really does help us out.

To read the full report click here

Lastly, both Greg and I represented NZISM at the Safest Place to Work Awards hosted by Safe365, in Auckland recently. It was a wonderful event highlighting some of the excellent progress being made by various organisations in raising HSW awareness and building capability across the economy.

NZISM sponsored the small business award which this year went to White Island Tours Ltd who are doing an amazing job at demonstrating all round high levels of risk management capability, leadership, employee engagement and culture in making sure people are healthy, safe and well at work every day.

A huge congratulations to all the finalists, which included many members. We really appreciate the opportunity to highlight the fabulous work happening around the country and promote our amazing members, well done to everyone involved.

Nga mihi
Selena Armstrong
Chief Executive Officer