Chief Exec Update - Summer 2017
07 Dec 2017
As 2017 draws to a close, I’m pleased to report strong progress across several of our strategic focus areas. In October, we formed a partnership with several Philippines-based recruitment agencies, so we can now give workers Site Safe Passport training before they arrive in New Zealand. This means workers hit the ground running, reducing delays for employers. This programme is already proving its worth, with almost 180 Filipino workers Passport trained.
We’ve strengthened our relationship with Vertical Horizonz – another highlight of 2017. Our agreement means that workers completing three different VHNZ courses can use this training to renew their Site Safety Card and gain credit towards our certificate programme, giving greater value to the industry and more choice to trainees.
The Vertical Industry Leaders Group continues to make progress on standardising safety. The working groups have put forward some initial thoughts on the three priority areas of drug and alcohol testing, prequalification, and performance indicators. We look forward to working with the Leaders Group as it develops these recommendations in the coming year.
We’re well on our way to developing a new certificate-level programme, which follows NZQA’s new framework for health and safety qualifications. This will replace our current certificate in 2019, as we remain committed to providing the industry with a qualification that cements sound health and safety practices. We will be seeking feedback on the proposed programme from members and graduates soon.
WorkSafe, ACC and MBIE launched SafePlus, a new harm prevention toolkit, last month. We believe this initiative has the potential to benefit both small and large businesses, and look forward to working closely with WorkSafe as members of our team gain accreditation.
Thanks to all of you who took part in our Annual General Meeting in September. As a result of your nominations, we welcomed two new board members: Grant Thomas from Dominion Constructors and Kristina Wishnowsky from Hire Access. David Kennedy from Fletcher Construction has been co-opted onto the board as well.
Our awards and graduation event was held in Auckland last month. This continues to be a great success, with a record number of more than 240 people receiving their Certificate in Construction Site Safety this year. Our awards this year went to Designerscope, Aaron Billing from Upright Scaffolding, Fulton Hogan HEB Joint Venture and Mach3. The judges also made special mention of PK Steel. Congratulations to all.
I appreciate all the feedback you’ve shared through our strategic review survey. Your views will play an important part in the decisions we make about our, and the industry’s, long-term vision for the future. We expect to share a further update on the review early next year.
The Site Safe team will be taking a well-earned break from Friday, Dec 22 through to Monday, January 8. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday season. We look forward to working with you again in the New Year.
Chief Executive Site Safe NZ