CE Update - August 2018

25 Aug 2018

The last few months have been extremely busy as we progress towards delivering our plan for 2018/2019.

Recognising the benefits of fast, efficient, technology-based solutions, we have rolled out our digital Site Safety Card. Accessed via the Site Safe app, learners now have online access to their card and record of learning. More functionality, including access to health and safety information and news will be added to the app over the coming months.

In July, we were proud to launch a new initiative to help senior business leaders improve health and safety in their organisation. The new Safety Excellence for Leaders workshop is designed to help business owners and leaders from small to medium-sized companies understand their health and safety duties, and what they can personally do to embed health and safety practices in their business. I believe this workshop has the potential to be instrumental in influencing attitudes amongst SMEs, helping them to understand their investment in shaping change.

We have now completed our strategic review. Last year we began the process of reflecting on our future place in the industry and what we can do to make Site Safe even better for our members and customers. All Site Safe members were invited to complete an online survey and over 40 face-to-face interviews were conducted. The Site Safe Board has used this information to identify several priority focus areas for the future. You can view a summary of the research recommendations and next steps here, or watch the short video here.

Site Safe welcomes the launch of the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) online register for health and safety professionals. The register is designed to function as a one-stop shop for those searching for accredited professionals and grew from a recommendation made by the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety in the aftermath of the Pike River mine tragedy. Dave Furzeman, based in Dunedin, is the first Site Safe health and safety advisor to join the register, and we look forward to more receiving their accreditation soon.

Site Safe continues to provide support and encouragement to the wider industry through sponsorship at leading industry events. In May, Focus Construction won the award for Site Safe Best Health and Safety Initiative (by a small business) at this year's Safeguard NZ Workplace Health and Safety Awards. This month I’m looking forward to presenting the Site Safe Safety Excellence Award at the NZIOB Awards.

The Vertical Leaders’ Group continues to progress well, with extensive support from Site Safe. Industry leaders are working hard on standardising on-site health and safety policies. City Care and Kalmar Construction are the newest signatories with several other major companies expressing interest and likely to join the initiative in the coming months.

As many of you will know, my time with Site Safe ends at the end of August. I am proud of the developments and growth we have experienced over the past five and a half years. Site Safe has more than doubled in size across staffing, membership, services and revenue. This is a reflection on the significantly improved reputation and credibility of the staff who have worked so hard to meet the ever-increasing demand for help and support.

I want to thank the team for their energy, professionalism and commitment, and for their great team spirit. I also want to thank the Board for their trust, challenge and support over the last five years. I have been fortunate to work for two great Chairs – Peter Mayow and Peter Jackson – who have kept me, and the Board, on target in developing and implementing our vision and strategy. While I am sad to leave, I know the legacy Site Safe has built over the last 20 years will enable a great future for both the organisation and for the industry. Your next Site Safe CE Update will be delivered by Brett Murray, the incoming chief executive who takes up the role from September 3.

Ngā mihi nui

Alison Molloy
Chief Executive