Craig Car­lyle, MESNZ col­umn

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - Craig Car­lyle, sec­re­tary Main­te­nance Engi­neer­ing So­ci­ety New Zealand www.mesnz.org.nz

The Main­te­nance Engi­neer­ing So­ci­ety of NZ (MESNZ) com­mit­tee must be do­ing some­thing right, with mem­ber­ship crack­ing the 400 mark in July.

The record mem­ber­ship is the re­sult of a lot of hard work get­ting out in the com­mu­nity pro­vid­ing net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and rais­ing the aware­ness amongst in­dus­try of the so­ci­ety and its achieve­ments. The so­ci­ety is look­ing to in­crease its pro­file in all re­gions, en­sur­ing that all main­te­nance en­gi­neers have a voice and ac­cess to rel­e­vant tools that are go­ing to help them in the work­place.

The worst-kept se­cret of the year is out, with the an­nounce­ment of Bill Buck­ley as the so­ci­ety pa­tron. Bill, an iconic kiwi iden­tity made of the same stuff as Bert Munro, is a trades­man him­self and read­ily iden­ti­fies with the MESNZ sup­port for the trades and ap­pren­tices.

The MESNZ Engi­neer­ing Schol­ar­ship has been re­named the Bill Buck­ley Engi­neer­ing Schol­ar­ship, giv­ing this year’s ap­pli­cants no doubts about the her­itage and his­tory they are as­pir­ing to.

Talk­ing of ap­pren­tices, MESNZ is con­sid­er­ing tak­ing the hugely suc­cess­ful net­work evening con­cept and ap­ply­ing it to ap­pren­tice­ships by pro­vid­ing a fo­rum for young gen­er­a­tions and their par­ents to explore what a world of engi­neer­ing can of­fer. Ed­u­ca­tion spokesman Bill Sole is work­ing up the con­cept at present so hope­fully we can an­nounce progress in the near fu­ture.

MESNZ at­tended the EMEX show for the first time in 2014, meet­ing and greet­ing the pub­lic and rais­ing the aware­ness of the so­ci­ety. It was a sur­pris­ingly suc­cess­ful event for the so­ci­ety with a lot of in­ter­est gen­er­ated.

Un­der the health and safety ban­ner, MESNZ has been at the steer­ing end of the for­ma­tion of the new Health and Safety As­so­ci­a­tion of NZ. This as­so­ci­a­tion of as­so­ci­a­tions is the um­brella group cre­ated by the govern­ment to pro­mote and in­flu­ence ex­cel­lent health and safety out­comes for all New Zealan­ders. It su­per­sedes the orig­i­nal OHSIG group, which will wind up by the end of the year. MESNZ in­volve­ment in this new body will en­sure a di­rect line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion for engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Read­ers in Auck­land, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki should now be aware of the pilot in­spec­tion pro­gramme by Work­Safe NZ. MESNZ is closely watch­ing the re­sults, par­tic­u­larly with re­spect to guard­ing. With in­volve­ment in the health and safety re­form process, MESNZ is keen to judge if the bu­reau­cracy has de­liv­ered an im­proved path­way for em­ploy­ers or if we have just added cost and com­plex­ity. In­spec­tors are us­ing 4 draft in­spec­tion tools cov­er­ing ma­chine guard­ing, dust, noise and fork­lifts. These tools are avail­able on the MESNZ web­site here http://bit.ly/1l5lUdb as well as the con­stantly grow­ing list of guard­ing prac­ti­tion­ers un­der http:// www.mesnz.org.nz/re­sources/health-safety/guard-ex­perts/

The new Health and Safety Act mean­while con­tin­ues its march through the par­lia­men­tary process. The Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (MBIE) is mean­while busy­ing it­self de­vel­op­ing the reg­u­la­tions to un­der­pin the new act. The topics un­der re­view are risk, em­ployee par­tic­i­pa­tion, as­bestos, haz­ardous sub­stances, and ma­jor haz­ard fa­cil­i­ties. With some sig­nif­i­cant and po­ten­tially dra­co­nian changes po­ten­tial be­ing ce­mented into place, read­ers would be well ad­vised to ab­sorb the pro­pos­als at http://bit.ly/1wwFHaV.There is a sub­mis­sion pe­riod so be sure to check the dates and make your voice heard.

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