Chief Exec Update - Autumn 2018
21 May 2018
I’m pleased to report excellent progress on our priority areas for 2018.
Our Chairman, Peter Jackson, and I recently met with the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety and ACC, Iain Lees-Galloway, to outline our vision for an integrated system for health and safety in the industry. The meeting was very useful, and we look forward to working with the Minister and his agencies to help make this vision a reality. To read the recommendations we presented to the Minister on your behalf, refer to the Background Paper here.
WorkSafe has released their draft Health and Safety at Work Strategy (2018-2028) for consultation. The strategy reflects the need for an overarching health and safety system and we are excited about this as it may well provide more certainty for the construction industry. We will be submitting a response to the strategy and welcome your thoughts.
WorkSafe have released a number of other reports recently. The Towards 2020 report into workplace death and injury rates shows the fatality rate in the construction industry has more than halved since 2011 and is now lower than the national rate. In addition, the Workplace Health and Safety Attitudes and Behaviours Survey found workers who had recent health and safety training were more likely to be confident about knowing how to report injuries, accidents and near misses, and to acknowledge action was taken on new hazards.
In other news, our work with other industry organisations continues to deliver benefits to both our members and the industry, with several key partnerships going from strength to strength:
- We recently reconfirmed our Memorandum of Understanding with the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA), a relationship which last year saw us reaching even more regional SMEs through an extensive series of free health and safety workshops. I look forward to working with the RMBA again this year to promote even better access to health and safety resources for their members.
- In March, our partnership with Vertical Horizonz expanded to deliver more benefits, with access to training and renewal options for site access cards improved further. This will make it even easier for trainees and employers to receive the right training when and where they need it, particularly in the regions.
- We continue to support the Vertical Leaders Group as they work towards greater consistency for the supply chain.
On the training front, we have recently made several improvements around our higher-level assignments, including free assignment drop-in sessions at our offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and more frequent gentle reminders to trainees to complete their assignments. NZQA is due to complete their regular audit of our status as a private training establishment later this year, and we anticipate retaining the highest (Category 1) status.
The Board and the Senior Leadership Team have been considering the recommendations from the strategic review and expect to have developed a final draft soon. We will consult with you on this through June and July.
Finally, with our new financial year now well underway, I’d like to thank all of you who have continued to support us by renewing your Site Safe membership, and to welcome all of our new members on board. Membership has increased to 6000 this year and is strongly representative of the industry. Together we are building a better, safer industry.
Chief Executive Site Safe NZ