Newsletter: October 2019 Newsletter

In this Issue

  • View from the Board – Ian Campbell
  • Key Safety Charter Partner – Placemakers
  • Safety Charter News
  • Member Spotlight – OneStaff
  • WorkSafe NZ Update
  • Workplace Well-being & Resources
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Events:
    • HSP Workshop review
    • HSR Demystifying Risk workshop
    • RiskNZ – A perspective on Pike River
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October 2019/ ISSUE #61

 
The Safety Charter's Health & Safety Representatives Working Group are hosting a 3-hour breakfast workshop "Demystifying Risk Assessment" on Friday, 8th November 2019.

Gaining a greater understanding of risk assessment through addressing the key elements.  
  • What is risk?
  • How do we address risk?
  • Why it is important to follow the process.
  • Risk comes in all shapes and sizes. 
Places are limited with reservations essential.  Please contact [email protected] for a registration form.   

This is a free workshop for Safety Charter Members.


Thank you to our sponsors – Risk NZLeigh’s Construction and Placemarkers Canterbury.


 
I joined the Charter Steering Group (as the Board was called then) when I became the EGM at SCIRT in 2014. I did it because I care about our people and wanted to do my bit to help make sure they don’t get hurt while working in our great industry.
 
Having spent the last 30+ years managing construction projects in the UK, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands, as well as here in New Zealand, I’ve seen my share of accidents, including some that resulted in fatalities – where some fine young men never went home, ever again.
 
When that happens, the first thing you experience is shock and denial. This can’t have happened! Not to us! And then the questions start. How can this have happened? What caused it? Whose fault was it? How am I going to explain it to the grieving family?
 
And then comes the worst question of all. Was there something that I could have done that could have prevented this happening? In my experience, the answer to that question is almost always Yes!
 
I didn’t cause the accident, but I could have provided more training or better equipment. I could have insisted on better planning, processes or safer work practices. I could have set the site up with better fall protection or exclusion zones around heavy machinery. But it’s all too late now!
 
There is always something more we can do to look after our people. For me this is what caring is all about. Actions, not just words. We care for our people by being always on the look-out for what else we can be doing to make sure they all go home healthy and safe every day.
 
It’s fair to say that we tend to focus on the safety part of ‘health and safety’. It’s only natural. If we don’t get that right, there will be an immediate price to pay. What might happen to our health in the future somehow seems less real or urgent.
 
That needs to change. A lot more people die or suffer disability each year from the long-term effects of workplace health risks than from workplace accidents. Add to that the risks to our mental health. We need to all be a lot more aware and doing more to safeguard the health of our people.
 
There is some good guidance material available on the MBIE and WorkSafe web-sites. The WorkSafe ‘Healthy Workers’ advice for small business owners on managing health risks for workers is well worth a read. It can be found on https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/work-related-health/tools-and-resources-work-related-health/health-risk-guidance-small-businesses/
 
I look forward to catching up with you at Charter or other industry events. We are always looking for feedback on what more we can do to help you. Until then, please just pause for a minute and have a little think about whether you are really doing enough to care for your people.

Ian Campbell
Safety Charter Board Member
Placemakers Safety Charter's partner update
New Safety Range at Placemakers
Safety Charter Update
What's happening in the Safety Charter? 
Member Spotlight – OneStaff raise just under $10K to support ‘Key to Life’
OneStaff have been hard at work over the past 100 days walking 40,000km, while taking part in the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge to raise funds for mental health and suicide prevention.  

 
WorkSafe NZ update
WorkSafe keeping you in the know about hazardous substances
Workplace Well-being, Health & Safety Breakfast Meetings
update on the Professional Services Working Group
1737 Resource
1737 hve provided the attached resource for workers in the construction sector.   Please download and share.  Locate additional resources HERE  
 
CHASNZ – How to have a conversation about mental health
Resources for leaders and workers to get the conversation started.  

 
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
RISKNZ – Health and Safety – A perspective on Pike River
Time: 9am – 11.30am     Location:  Webnair or Auckland Town Hall

For information on this event – please contact Risk NZ 
Information on the presenter can be found on the

On 19 November 2010, there was an explosion at the Pike River coal mine 45 minutes inland of Greymouth on the South Island’s West Coast. Twenty-nine men did not go home from work that day. The impacts of the tragedy have reverberated throughout New Zealand ever since and affected the lives of many people. Following a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Pike River, changes were made in New Zealand’s Health and Safety legislation. The Pike River Recovery Agency was established on 31 January 2018 to conduct a manned recovery of the mine drift (tunnel) in order to:

  • Gather evidence to better understand what happened in 2010 with an eye to preventing future mining tragedies and promoting accountability for this mining tragedy;
  • Give the Pike River families and victims overdue closure and peace of mind; and
  • Recover remains where possible.

The work of the Agency is underpinned by three key principles – Close partnership with the Pike River families, Transparency and openness, and Health and Safety comes first.
 

Dave Gawn will talk about the work of the Agency and provide his perspective on Pike River as well as drawing on his 35 years of military experience. The lessons from Pike River are enduring and still as applicable today. Health and Safety is the responsibility of everyone including board members, managers and workers.

 
15 October 2019
Review:  Bridging the Gap
A Health and Safety Practitioners Workshop
A well-attending HSP workshop was held yesterday, as main and sub contractors came together to discuss ideas on how how they can work together to 'bridge the gap.'

The HSP Working Group took the opportunity re-launch the Safety Charter Mentoring Programme – inviting interest from both Mentors and Mentees.  

Further information on the Mentoring Programme will be made available in future newsletters.  

Thank you to sponsors Placemakers Canterbury.
Friday, 8 November 2019
Safety Charter Demystifying Risk Assessment Workshop
Time: 6.30am – 9am                Location: Russley Golf Club
The Safety Charter's Health & Safety Representatives Working Group are hosting a 3-hour breakfast workshop "Demystifying Risk Assessment."

Gaining a greater understanding of risk assessment through addressing the key elements.  
  • What is risk?
  • How do we address risk?
  • Why it is important to follow the process.
  • Risk comes in all shapes and sizes. 
Places are limited with reservations essential.  Please contact [email protected] for a registration form if you are interested in attending.  

Thank you to our sponsors – Risk NZLeigh’s Construction and Placemarkers Canterbury.
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