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Safety Professionals

NZ Safety Council sets a Benchmark for Registered Safety Professionals (RSP NZ)

Chair NZSC Registration Board

John Beattie MNZSC ASA RSP (NZ)

New Zealand business has a major problem when seeking to employ the services of an occupational safety & health [OHS] practitioner.  Whether recruiting for a permanent staff member or seeking an OHS Consultant, where do seekers begin?

Is the potential OHS practitioner registered by any NZ professional body?

If not you should ask why not?

In 2004 the New Zealand Safety Council launched the Register of Safety Professionals [RSP] and in 2006 the Register of Management Consultants [RMC].

We formulated a competency standard in conjunction with International OHS organisations because we believed that the NZ alternatives did not correctly identify the individual core OHS Practitioner competencies or have a rigorous enough selection process to fit the New Zealand business model.

 New Zealand business has a major problem when seeking to employ the services of an occupational safety & health [OHS] practitioner.  Whether recruiting for a permanent staff member or seeking an OHS Consultant, where do seekers begin?

 Is the potential OHS practitioner registered by any NZ professional body?

 If not you should ask why not?

In 2004 the New Zealand Safety Council launched the Register of Safety Professionals [RSP] and in 2006 the Register of Management Consultants [RMC].

We formulated a competency standard in conjunction with International OHS organisations because we believed that the NZ alternatives did not correctly identify the individual core OHS Practitioner competencies or have a rigorous enough selection process to fit the New Zealand business model.

Please contact Chief Executive, Andy Loader, to discuss becoming a RSP:

director@safetycouncil.nz

John Beattie MNZSC ASA RSP (NZ)
Chair NZSC Registration Board
Registered Safety Professional
OSH&E Advisor to the New Zealand Safety Council

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 We have an Independent Registrar [a Professional Engineer, RABQSA Quality Auditor and Trainer]

  • We have a formal, two year cycle process of Continuing Professional Development [CPD] with a moderation process independently monitored by Industry Training NZ, an NZQA registered PTE.

  • All RSP candidate interviews are conducted only by RSPs, who are also NZQA workplace assessors.

  • We issue an Annual Practising Certificate.

  • We have set up a ‘College of Education’ with highly competent educators, three with Masters degrees, to advise on the required educational framework.

    To prepare the RSP Standard we researched globally and also used an ex-president of the American Society of Safety Engineers [ASSE] and a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia [SIA] as mentors.

    We also used the framework of NZ Standards: OH&SMS [AS/NZS 4801:2001 & AS/NZS 4804:2001] OH&SMS, as well as [AS/NZS 4360:2004] Risk Management.

    To date 35 professionals have had their competencies endorsed by our Registration Board.


    Competence is defined as:

  • the ability to complete a task to the required standard of performance under specific conditions

  • generally, competence involves the effective and efficient application of knowledge, work skills, experience and personal attributes

  • it must be measurable

    A prospective RSP must be able to demonstrate the above combination of knowledge [academic qualifications] work skills, practical experience and personal attributes in all ten core competencies.


    RSPs have proven competency to:

    Implement OSH Systems; Interpret and advise on OSH Laws; Identify workplace Hazards and Manage Risk; Identify and advise on Occupational Health issues; Collect OSH Data; Communicate OSH information; Investigate Accidents; Implement Emergency Response Systems; Carry out OSH Systems audits; Carry out OSH training.


    2012 RSP Standard Review

    As Chair of the RSP Registration Board, in launching the updated RSP Standard, my introduction said:

    “The New Zealand Safety Council is proud of the pioneering work we carried out in both formulating and improving the Registered Safety Professional (RSP) initiative that we introduced in 2004.  Currently, our team of New Zealand’s most experienced Safety Professionals, are employed on major projects in mining, quarrying, oil exploration, construction, manufacturing, chemical and service industries, throughout Australasia and the Pacific.  The 2012 RSP Registration Standard sets a new Benchmark Performance Standard for H&S Professionals to aim at and is without doubt the pre-eminent OSH Practitioner Standard in New Zealand.  In line with the Government’s NZ Injury Prevention Strategy, the NZSC RSP Registration Process is a strategy to improve the standard of safety, health and environmental professionals in New Zealand.  Entry to the RSP Register gives formal public recognition to Safety, Health & Environment (HSE) professionals in New Zealand who satisfy the Standard.

    Please contact Executive Director, Andy Loader, for the latest version of the RSP Standard and to discuss becoming a RSP: director@safetycouncil.nz

    John Beattie MNZSC ASA RSP (NZ)
    Chair NZSC Registration Board
    Registered Safety Professional
    OSH&E Advisor to the New Zealand Safety Council