Site Safe Applauds WorkSafe Warning
01 Dec 2017
Site Safe applauds WorkSafe’s warning against dodgy health and safety consultants.
Site Safe Chief Executive Alison Molloy says as a not-for-profit organisation, Site Safe shares the health and safety regulator’s concerns about unscrupulous consultants out to target vulnerable small to medium-sized businesses.
WorkSafe is right to caution against cowboy consultants offering over-priced health and safety solutions, Ms Molloy says.
“Anecdotally, we have heard of a fair bit of scaremongering going on, with some consultants taking advantage of the anxiety caused by the new health and safety legislation to convince businesses to invest in products they may not actually need.”
“When hiring a health and safety consultant, businesses should look for appropriately qualified experts who can provide them with the right level of support for their business. We encourage all businesses to check the professional accreditation of their potential health and safety provider against independent organisations such as the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management.
“We suggest businesses who want to invest in health and safety use the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) five-question checklist to evaluate any health and safety consultant. Ask what professional associations does the consultant belong to, what qualifications do they have, what skills and experience do they have, what examples of similar work can they provide, and are they happy able to provide contact details for former clients.”
As a not-for-profit membership organisation, Site Safe has always been focused on making sure good health and safety advice is easily accessible for those in the high-risk construction industry by offering a wide range of free guides, documents and general advice, Ms Molloy says.
“We are committed to the process of having all of our health and safety advisors registered with HASANZ, who are developing an online list of verified health and safety professionals.”
“We welcome any and all steps taken by WorkSafe and the wider health and safety community to ensure that the advice being provided to Kiwi businesses is as accurate and appropriate as possible – the lives of so many workers depends on it.”
- Site Safe is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation that promotes, inspires and supports a culture of health and safety in New Zealand construction