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New Health and Safety Association Launched

A
new umbrella association for workplace health and safety professions in New
Zealand has been established. The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand
(HASANZ) was launched on 10 September 2014 in Auckland by George Adams, Chair
of the Independent Forestry Safety Review and of the Occupational Health
Advisory Group set up by WorkSafe NZ.

HASANZ
aims to raise professional standards across the occupational health and safety
sector to provide healthier and safer workplaces for New Zealanders.

It
has been created in response to the findings of the Taskforce on Workplace
Health and Safety following the Pike River mining disaster. The Government’s
resulting Working Safer package of reforms (2013) included a commitment
to set up a representative body for health and safety professionals to help
prevent serious harm and fatalities at work.

 

“Business
wants clarity on how to deliver against the new accountabilities for workplace
health and safety and that, on occasions where they need external advice, will entail the
ability to identify, select and to trust a professional or a professional
organisation,” said George Adams. “Having a well placed and well known and
effective body such as HASANZ, which is set up to do just that, will be vital
going forward.”

“As
an association of associations, HASANZ is a first point of contact for
government on workplace health and safety matters and the “go to place” for
businesses seeking support and advice,” said HASANZ and NZ Occupational Hygiene
Society representative Suzanne Broadbent at the launch.

 

Founding
member organisations include: the Australian/New Zealand Society of
Occupational Medicine, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand,
Maintenance Engineers Society of New Zealand, NZ Institute of Hazardous
Substances Management, New Zealand Institute of Safety Management, NZ
Occupational Health Nurses Association, NZ Occupational Hygiene Society, New
Zealand Safety Council, New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists (Occupational
Group) and Occupational Therapy New Zealand.

 

“A
step change in workplace health and safety in New Zealand requires us to work
more collaboratively and to give as much emphasis to health as to safety,” said
HASANZ representative and New Zealand Institute of Safety Management National Manager
Tony Rigg. “HASANZ is committed to promoting excellence in workplace health and
safety practice.”

 

A
priority is improving access to quality advice for businesses by creating an
online register of competent health and safety professionals.

“It’s
important that people have confidence in the health and safety advice they
receive,” said Tony Rigg. “It’s also important they know where to go for
reliable information. Working together with industry and government, HASANZ
will enable workplace health and safety professions to provide better guidance
and support to employers and workers for the benefit of all New Zealanders.”

For
more information go to www.hasanz.org.nz or email info@hasanz.org.nz



 

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