Chief Exec Update - Spring 2017

01 Sep 2017

The last few months have undoubtedly been busy ones, as Site Safe continues to strengthen relationships both within the wider industry and with other organisations.

The Vertical Industry Leaders Group work on standardising safety on site is progressing well, and it’s exciting to see this initiative gaining increasing traction nationwide. We have organised several meetings in the regions, which we hope will encourage even more businesses to participate in this forum. Three working groups comprised of health and safety practitioners from the participating constructors have now been established and are investigating the priority areas of drug and alcohol testing, prequalification, and lead indicators. We look forward to seeing their recommendations put forward to the Leaders Group over the coming months.

In July, we signed a partnering charter with Vertical Horizonz confirming our mutual commitment to work together to improve access to training, resources and qualifications. This agreement is all about making sure our services and products are providing the best possible benefits to the construction workforce. The real work on further recognition of each others’ courses and considering how we might align our certificate programmes to better meet the needs of customers has started, and we will be reporting back on progress.

Last month I was delighted to attend the New Zealand Institute of Building Awards, where I presented the Safety Excellence award we sponsor to Sarah McDonald for her work on the Mackays to Peka Peka expressway. As Fletcher Construction’s Senior Health and Safety Advisor, Sarah led the health and safety strategy across the $630 million project and worked with the many teams onsite to maintain an excellent safety track record.

In other news, we were proud to launch our new Risk Management course this winter. Risk management is the cornerstone of the new legislation and it’s great to be able to offer a course that puts this topic front and centre. The course has been well-received so far and we believe it will make a significant impact on the approach to hazards and risks on site.

The AGM will take place on September 21 in our Onehunga office in Auckland. There has been strong interest in board positions this year, with a total of nine nominations received. As a membership organisation, we rely on you, our members, to provide guidance and feedback to help us improve. One of the ways you can do this is by voting for board members and taking part in the AGM, so I strongly encourage all members to take advantage of this opportunity by participating and voting. Online voting is now open via who are managing the voting process. If you are a member and have not yet received your e-voting pack, please email or 0800 666 035 and they can reissue a voting pin for you.

The Evening of Celebration, where we celebrate the winners of the Construction Health and Safety Awards and recognise the graduates of the Certificate in Construction Site Safety, will take place on November 8, at Alexandra Park in Auckland. Seeing our graduates and award winners cross the stage is one of the highlights of my year and I hope that many of you will join us for this gala dinner event.

We have been talking for some time about the need to think about our place in the world so that we can best serve our growing customer base. The Board and I have contracted MartinJenkins consultants to help us consider what Site Safe’s position might look like over the next 20 years. This work will identify what is required of us, and how health and safety agencies can complement each other better, so that we can continue to meet the needs of our growing industry, not just now, but into the future.