25 July 2016
CHAIR’S UPDATE TO MEMBERS
The year is whizzing by and for HASANZ it’s a case of “so little time and so much to do”.
A measure of HASANZ’s success will be the number of people on our register, so that we offer businesses a really useful tool to find the right help. If your association asks you to take part in a survey about whether you intend to be on the register, please do it. The information will really help us.
Good news. We welcome the NZ Occupational Hygiene Society (NZOHS) as the first full member of HASANZ. This is no mean feat. We’ve deliberately set the bar high for full membership because it’s a requirement for being on the register and one of the best levers we have for raising professional standards across the sector. Congratulations NZOHS.
And we welcome the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) as an Associate Member and look forward to working closely with HRINZ in areas of shared interest.
A common interest is what binds us together as members of HASANZ and what brings us together at HASANZ CONFERENCE 2016. This is much more than an event – it’s a milestone in building a community of practice among workplace health and safety professionals in New Zealand. The conference will be a buzzing marketplace for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and, I expect, more than a few good laughs.
HASANZ CONFERENCE 2016 will be a reminder that, although we are making good progress in raising health and safety standards, we can’t afford to be complacent. Fundamental weaknesses are still being addressed and we could easily go backwards quite quickly. The conference gives us an opportunity to do a stock take on how well we’re doing and collectively help define the important next steps for the nation. We know that, to succeed in changing behaviour, we need to win hearts and minds and clearly communicate the “why”.
But the heart and soul of the conference is the sense of community it fosters. I hope you can take time out to be counted as part of that community.
If you haven’t already done so, please register now. Some of the smaller concurrent sessions are filling up and you want to be sure to get your first choice. We’ve planned the programme to enable you to cram as much value into two days as possible.
Don’t forget to register for the welcome function and Parliamentary reception which promise to be memorable in different ways, as well as excellent networking opportunities. And get a group of friends together and book a table for Taste Wellington – it’s a bit different from the usual conference dinner and reflects our small but sophisticated capital city.
We are very pleased to have secured WorkSafe New Zealand as Premium Sponsor and ACC and Price Waterhouse Cooper as Conference Partners. The generosity of our sponsors means we can offer you a top-class programme at a very accessible price. If you compare our $950 registration fee with others, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a good deal.
I really do look forward to seeing you there.