Health and safety as­so­ci­a­tion launched fol­low­ing Pike River dis­as­ter

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The Health and Safety As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand (HASANZ) was launched on 10 Septem­ber 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 on oc­ca­sions where they need ex­ter­nal ad­vice, that will en­tail the abil­ity to iden­tify, se­lect and to trust a pro­fes­sional or a pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tion,” said 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.”

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