Chief Exec Update - September 2016


07 Sep 2016

Site Safe will be holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday 21 September, in the Site Safe Auckland office. Early in September you should have received an online voting pack. If you have not, please get in touch. As a member you are entitled to vote and also attend the meeting. This year there will be an election for two general director positions amongst other matters of business. Two directors, Peter Jackson and Tony McCabe are standing down by rotation and making themselves available for re-election. They are joined by three other candidates, Glenn Dopson, Hugh Goddard and Grant Thomas. It's great to see such a high level of interest in the governance of Site Safe. Please take the time to vote when your pack is sent, as you play an important part in the process.

The Site Safe Construction in Site Safety Scholarships are now open. Each year we offer eight scholarships to receive complimentary Site Safe training that is most appropriate to your occupation and will allow you to graduate with a Certificate in Construction Site Safety in 2017. You are teamed up with a dedicated Site Safe Advisor who will mentor and support you while you complete Site Safe training and assignment work. Visit the Scholarship page to apply.

We are continuing to work on the Passport Evolution project which is set to overhaul the way we deliver our Building Construction and Civil Passport courses. In order to continually improve training we are now set to offer flexibility when it comes to selecting training. While the details are still being finalised, the new system creates an introductory passport which is followed by a range of in-class workshops and online learning modules for renewing a passport every two years.

We have also started research into whether two years is the right time frame for the renewal of safety training. Results suggest that across the world refresher training varies from 1-3 years. We are keen to improve the options we provide to enable businesses to comply with the 'on-going training' component of the new legislation. The Passport Evolution project mentioned above is one way of helping you do this.

Last month we were pleased to work alongside the Department of Corrections to train and award passports to 24 community-based offenders in the Wellington region. The Site Safe training is part of a programme that offenders are encouraged to take part in which identifies their training and employment needs. One trainee commented that he learnt to "take a step back and look" before starting a job to consider the safest and smartest way to do a job.

We are now able to offer a special one off course exclusively to our Members; we have partnered with Chris Peace, who is a leading expert in risk management which is a feature of the new Act. Chris has practised worldwide as a consultant, risk manager, mentor and trainer. We will run a two day workshop in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland which will help participants develop a systematic approach to the management of workplace health and safety risks, integrated into the management of a business. Workshop participants will learn how to apply the risk management process and a selection of techniques to help assess and manage health and safety risks. If this sounds of interest to you then please contact us.

Thanks for taking the time to read this update - please don't hesitate to get in touch with me via comments@sitesafe.org.nz if you have any suggestions or comments.

Regards,

Alison Molloy
Chief Executive