The register, which received funding from the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and WorkSafe New Zealand, grew from a recommendation made in the final report by the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety, which was set up by the government after the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster - in which 29 people died - to investigate the reasons for the country's poor safety and health record.
The taskforce spent 10 months investigating and made a number of recommendations, one of which was that New Zealand faced "a huge capability and capacity problem" in terms of its safety and health workforce.
On the supply-side, it found that advice from OSH consultants and other professionals was of variable quality and approaches, and that there was a limited supply of expert advice from those OSH professionals.
The lack of any requirement to meet standard competence or qualification levels before professionals offer their services was seen as a key contributor to the lack of quality advice. The taskforce also noted that, with the exception of medically trained professionals, such as nurses and doctors, registration was not compulsory. In addition, many OSH advisers operated outside any registered professional body, so avoided the requirements to demonstrate qualifications or competence.
On the demand-side, businesses, particularly micro ones, struggled to identify appropriately qualified workplace OSH professionals, so were unable to determine who was best to choose and rely on for advice.
The taskforce recommended that the industry work on improving its accreditation standards and on putting in place a voluntary registration system.
Launching the register, WorkSafe NZ chief executive Nicole Rosie, said: "The HASANZ register is a great first point of reference for businesses seeking quality, reliable and professional health and safety advice and services. There are robust and verifiable processes underpinning the register which means those on [it] will have verified competency -- something we think is very important for improving the quality and professionalism of health and safety advice in New Zealand."
HASANZ executive director Philip Aldridge said the register was free for businesses to use. He added: "The HASANZ register works like a matching service between businesses and different types of health and safety professionals, connecting them with a list of experts who can advise on solutions to their health and safety problems -- everything from asbestos to worker fatigue."
Aldridge said that OSH professionals that wanted to be on the register had to belong to a HASANZ member association and meet stringent registration standards covering qualifications, experience, continuing professional development, good character, a code of conduct and insurance. "This also gives businesses access to a recognised complaints procedure and disciplinary process," he said.
The Environmental Audit Committee has published a new report, Heatwaves: adapting to climate change, in which it makes a series of recommendations to help workers cope in overheating work environments. These include a review of the building regulations for a new standard to prevent overheating in new buildings, as well as formal guidance from Public Health England to employers to relax dress codes and allow flexible working during heatwave alerts.
The government’s new regulation requires employers to ensure that workers have a good work-life balance and expands existing protection for blue-collar workers to other employees who work in less physically hazardous environments. In Indonesia it is not uncommon for some employees to work seven days a week. Data published by Sindikasi, a media and creative workers union, showed that 32% of its members worked more than 48 hours a week. Indonesia’s 2013 Manpower Law states that a regular working week should not exceed 40 hours.
George Talbot and his sons, Anthony and Stephen, who ran waste management firm Alsager Contractors, which went into liquidation in 2016, were prosecuted after a joint, two-year investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environment Agency (EA). The joint operation focused on the company’s management of waste at three facilities between 2011 and 2013 – Winghay Close, Kidsgrove and Peel Street at Longbridge Hayes Industrial Estate in Longport, Staffordshire and the Heywood Distribution Park on the Pilsworth Road in Heywood near Bury, Lancashire.
The figures are based on around 10,000 building site inspections carried out by the construction safety body between January and June this year.They show there were 1,064 work at height and edge protection failings in the first three months of 2018, compared with 1,200 in the second quarter. The total number of failings logged for the whole of 2017 was 4,511, down from 4,568 recorded in 2016.
The SHE technician apprenticeship is a level three qualification (the equivalent of two A Levels). Completion of the two-year course will enable apprentices to start their career as a safety and health professional and join IOSH at TechIOSH level. It was spearheaded by a working group comprising Balfour Beatty, Costain, High Speed 2, Mitie, Morrison Utilities, Permission Homes, Sapa UK, Sisk, Skanska and Thames Water, to address the impact that technological innovations are having on business working practices.
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A Belfast-based Risk & Compliance software provider has been collaborating with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and construction giant Costain as part of an ongoing project to unlock artificial intelligence’s (AI) potential in improving the management of risks on worksites.
There is just one month to go until the launch of the new and enhanced IOSH Blueprint tool, which will revolutionise members’ professional development experience and help them ensure they’re on the right career path.