Health and safety association launched following Pike River disaster
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.”