One year on from the Health and Safety at Work Act – where to from here?

For the majority of New Zealand enterprises, large and small, there are still concerns and unanswered questions related to what needs to be done to effectively manage safety and wellbeing.

Not knowing when you have done enough or feeling that too much resourcing and time is required are common concerns.   At this year’s two-day OH&S conference, we will explore key issues that you told us are priorities. These five core themes are:

  • Leadership – Its importance in ensuring that OH&S initiatives are accepted and successful.  From governance to the shop floor.
  • Simplifying Health and Safety  engaging and educating in an increasingly diverse business environment
  • The Verification Duty – knowing when you are on track and what tools you have to achieve this
  • The OH&S Professional – what is the industry doing and when are professional services needed?
  • Health and Wellbeing – what does it really mean and how should it be managed?

Become a positive influencer in your workplace OH&S management systems and build a more effective organisational culture of continuous improvement.  Hear presentations from industry experts, leading health and safety bodies and in-depth panel discussions that will engage you and have significant relevance to your business.


guest Speaker Francois Barton Executive Director, Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum
guest Speaker Nicole Rosie CEO - WorkSafe
guest Speaker Malcolm MacMillan SSR Programme Manager - WorkSafe
guest Speaker Haddo D’Audney Director, D'Audney Business Consultants
guest Speaker Tom Mulholland Director, Dr Tom on a Mission
guest Speaker Grant Nicholson Partner, Kensington Swan
guest Speaker Andy Evans Director, Coachio
guest Speaker Paul Anderson Former GM Health, Safety & Wellbeing for Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Fonterra.
guest Speaker Craig Smith Independent Chair, Health & Safety Association of NZ (HASANZ)
guest Speaker Greg Dearsly National Manager, New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM)
guest Speaker Mark Thompson Empire Capital Group H&S Compliance Manager / DNZ (Division) General Manager
guest Speaker Judy Currie Occupational Health Nurse, Workplace Health and Safety Consultant
guest Speaker Glynis McCarthy Principal, Safety Associates
guest Speaker Brent Sutton Principal - Safety Associates
Day 1 03 May 2017
09:15 - 09:30

WorkSafe – What business should expect from the Regulator

As regulator for health and safety in New Zealand, WorkSafe’s role in engaging with business to perform better with their health and safety management practices is vital to the government led initiatives to reduce workplace death, injury and disease rates. The CEO of WorkSafe will give an introduction to WorkSafe’s vision and what we, as business, can expect moving forward one year after the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Nicole Rosie, CEO – WorkSafe

09:30 - 09:50

Health & Safety Performance Improvement – The future of Safety Star Rating

This injury prevention initiative has been designed to help lift the health and safety performance of New Zealand businesses. The tool and resources have been closely designed with industry and tested with NZ business – including through the 2016 Safety Star Rating pilot. As WorkSafe’s programme manager for SSR, Malcolm MacMillan will present on what the future holds for the initiative.

Malcolm MacMillanSSR Programme Manager – WorkSafe 

09:50 - 10:30

The importance of Leadership – Taking the conversation from the boardroom to the workroom.

Leadership is all about people and effective leadership can motivate them to do the right thing. Haddo D’Audney has made a career of understanding what makes leaders successful and helping them achieve that success.

  • The role leadership has in implementing and maintaining safer workplaces – It’s your duty to act now.
  • How to build trust and inspire loyalty.
  • Organisational behavior, communication skills, and getting things done.

Haddo D’audreyDirector – D’Audney Business Consultants

10:50 - 11:30

How to Live to 100 and stay out of the Emergency Department

Dr. Tom is an international speaker, author and Emergency Department Doctor. He has been touring NZ in his retro ambulance for the last few years promoting the message Health IS Safety and if you can measure wellbeing, you can manage it.

  • LIVE a longer and happier life
  • Manage stress and other unhealthy emotions like anxiety and frustration
  • Know your health numbers and reduce your risk
  • Be more productive at work and home.

Dr. Tom Mulholland – Dr Tom on a Mission

11:30 - 12:10

Painting the right performance picture: monitoring what matters

The health and safety professional should be a fundamental communicator for best OH&S practices in every workplace.  They can help the business understand its performance and ensure its continuous improvement.  Doing that effectively involves painting a picture of health and safety performance that is not just accessible and understandable, but also meaningful.

  • Examples and experiences of how some businesses are painting their H&S performance picture.
  • How achieving this is helping drive improvement.

Francois BartonExecutive Director – Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum

13:10 - 14:10

Panel Discussion – The Risks and Benefits of Using Consultants

When should a business use a consultant? External expertise can bring in new ideas, solutions and challenge the ‘norm’. Does this mean that you will make improvements to systems and processes, waste time and money or create further risk to the PCBU.

  • Lawyers, consultants and insurers – when to bring them in
  • Engagement – a worker, management and board perspective
  • Professional Advice – saving money or just increasing risk.

Panel Discussion: Grant Nicholson, Craig Smith, Francois Barton & Christine Petersen –  Facilitated by Brent Sutton

14:10 - 14:30

Award Presentation: Patrick Seaman Memorial Award

The EMA OH&S trainer choice award to recognise the effort and contribution by an EMA member to furthering their knowledge in the field of health and safety. This annual award recognises trainer and EMA consultant Patrick Seaman who passed away June 2015. This year will be presented by his daughter, Madeline Seaman.

Craig Garner, OH&S Training Portfolio Manager – EMA 

14:50 - 15:30

When WorkSafe investigates – Avoiding Prosecution

As a representative of the legal sector Grant Nicholson’s presentation will explain the lessons learned from dealing with WorkSafe during the Health and Safety at Work Act’s first year, including:

  • WorkSafe’s key focus areas.
  • How best to engage with WorkSafe during an investigation.
  • How the Health and Safety at Work Act can help businesses under investigation.
  • The importance of consultation and being aware of common interests with other duty holders.
  • How to keep people safe and avoid prosecution.

Grant NicholsonPartner – Kensington Swan

15:30 - 16:10

Simplifying Safety – “Simplicity is the bliss that makes one comprehend” (Criss Jami)

The complexity of safety systems can make education more challenging, which naturally has an impact on levels of understanding and retention rates. Andy reflects on his experiences using case studies to demonstrate how positive outcomes can be achieved through simplifying safety.

  • Dramatically improving the effectiveness of education and training – cost and benefit considerations.
  • Building and maintaining a culture of safety.
  • Have systems for measuring and maintaining worker engagement, participation and representation – crossing the divide from legislature to a real world application.

Andy EvansDirector – Coachio

Day 2 04 May 2017
09:10 - 09:50

Dealing with different cultures – an expats experience of conducting business in South East Asia and the Middle East

As recently retired GM of Health, Safety & Wellbeing for Asia, Middle East and North Africa for Fonterra, Paul Anderson will provide insight into cultural differences and managing risk.

  • Reducing personal exposure whilst travelling.
  • Understanding the safety implications of cultural differences.
  • Business risks associated with South and East Asia

Paul AndersonGM Health, Safety & Wellbeing for Asia, Middle East and North Africa – Ex Fonterra

09:50 - 10:30

Thinking Workplaces – It’s not just about obeying the rules

Compliance has its place but it’s not just about someone else’s rules. Great workplaces think for themselves.

  • Understanding compliance and its limitations
  • How the OH&S professional can facilitate a post-compliance workplace
  • Practical ideas for creating and sustaining a thinking workplace.

Craig SmithIndependent Chair – HASANZ

10:50 - 11:30

Developing professional standards for health and safety practitioners

Worksafe NZ engaged NZISM at the end of 2014 to create an accreditation system for generalist health and safety practitioners. This accreditation system was aimed at developing professional standards for health and safety practitioners and to act as a base for those practitioners to list on the HASANZ Register.

  • How the system provides assurance of quality health and safety advice.
  • Options for experienced members who have not pursued academic qualifications in the Health and Safety field.
  • Links with accreditation systems from international health and safety organisations.

Greg DearslyNational Manager – NZISM

11:30 - 12:10

Panel Discussion – Your Role, Responsibilities and Challenges in Risk Management

Risk management is the cornerstone to health and safety. The Health and Safety at Work Act makes health and safety everyone’s responsibility yet when it comes to the risk management process, and meeting the various duty holder requirements,  how do you know when you have done enough.

  • Are there risks in not doing enough, and doing too much?
  • What does reasonably practicable mean in the real world?

Panel Discussion: Paul Anderson, Greg Dearsly, Judy Currie, Glynis McCarthy, Facilitated by Brent Sutton

13:10 - 13:50

Case Study: Worker engagement in a high risk sector

As a high risk industry Mark will present on their approach to OH&S management and communication. Dredging New Zealand operates large equipment on and around the water meaning keeping workers and others safe is a high priority, and a considerable challenge.

  • Focusing on what happens on the ground
  • Systems easy for all to understand
  • Managing contractors and tradesmen on our sites
  • Measuring the wins, a little differently

Mark ThompsonGeneral Manager  – Dredging New Zealand

13:50 - 14:30

Understanding our role in workplace health.

An estimated 700 to 1,000 workers die prematurely in New Zealand as a result of work-related disease each year. Add to that 17,000-20,000 new cases of which 2,500-5,500 severe cases of work-related disease are diagnosed every year.  As an industry representative for Occupational Health Nurses Judy will share some of her experiences and insights:

  • Workplace wellbeing – what does it mean.
  • Information management, monitoring and privacy – what you can and can’t do.
  • Why we are getting it so wrong and how to create positive change in your workplace – Identification and prevention strategies.

Judy CurrieOccupational Health Nurse and Workplace Health and Safety Consultant

14:50 - 15:30

Engaging a Diverse Workforce – Getting your message across and knowing when you have done enough.

Building worker health and safety knowledge and skills, worker engagement and participation are all tenets of the Health and Safety at Work Act.  New Zealand’s workforce is increasingly diverse meaning the way we motivate our workers to be safe and healthy is complex -cultural, language and literacy issues are just some of the considerations.

  • What a diverse workforce look like – Is it what you expect.
  • How do you engage a culturally diverse workforce – Does one approach fit all?
  • Simple techniques to build health and safety knowledge.
  • How to message safety information to achieve good risk decision making by workers.

Glynis McCarthy – Safety Associates

15:30 - 16:10

The Duty of Verification – Resourcing, processes and measurement

This final session will encapsulate much of what we have discussed over the past two days. One year on from the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act the duty of verification, amongst the myriad of due diligence requirements, has moved from a seldom practiced concept to a legal obligation.

  • Phasing out of the ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices (WSMP) auditing programme – where to from here.
  • Key insights on what to include for a robust verification approach – minimizing time and costs to the business.
  • The implications failing to verify has to the officer, PCBU and workers.

Brent SuttonDirector – Safety Associates


EMA Members



Complimentary WIFI
Recharge station
Delegate workbook
Buffet lunch
Networking Drinks & Canapés




Complimentary WIFI
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Delegate workbook
Buffet lunch
Networking Drinks & Canapés


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