HFESNZ is a founding member of HASANZ - the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand. HASANZ is an association of associations, with objectives to raise professional standards, grow professional excellence, industry advocacy, to develop health and safety leadership and stakeholder engagement. These objectives align strongly with HFESNZ aims.
HASANZ was created following the 2010 Pike River mine disaster. This tragic loss of 29 lives was the catalyst for the 2012 ‘Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety’ and the government’s response, the ‘Working Safer’ package of reforms (2013). As part of the solution for a step-change in workplace health and safety performance in New Zealand, the reforms outlined a commitment to establishing a representative body for professionals working within the health and safety sector. This sparked the development of HASANZ, of which HFESNZ is a founding member.
HFESNZ representatives have actively contributed to the start-up of HASANZ (from September 2014), the inaugural and successful September 2016 HASANZ Conference, and ongoing work on the development of the HASANZ Register. The HASANZ Register is a national, online register of verified workplace health and safety professionals that includes human factors/ergonomics professionals. This is due to go live in mid-2018, and HFESNZ's Certified Professional Members are eligible to list on the HASANZ Register.
The breadth of HFE roles and work areas is acknowledged - not all HFE professionals may feel that their work is within the ‘health and safety’ sector. The HASANZ description for how HFE professionals add value to business is: ‘We are human-centred design professionals who help businesses achieve the best possible fit between the things people do, the things they use and the environments they work in. Ergonomists or human factors professionals make processes and products compatible with human abilities and limitations to minimise harm and improve productivity’. Other HASANZ founding member organisations and the work roles of their members is found at http://www.hasanz.org.nz/page/What_we_do/.
HASANZ has published ‘5 Quick Questions’ that encourage businesses to seek qualified professionals within the health and safety sector. This resource prompts those who seek services to ask: Which professional association do you belong to - can you confirm this? What qualifications and/or certification do you have? What relevant skills and experience do you have for this job? Can you give me examples of similar work you have done recently? Are you happy for us to contact your clients about your work for them?
HFESNZ supports the notion of ensuring that HFE professionals are competent and capable, and encourages members to consider working towards Certified Professional Membership. We are working to build the professional development and mentoring pathways that will support members to enhance their skills.
In 2017 HASANZ worked with PwC on the HASANZ Health and Safety Professionals Survey, learning about how businesses see NZ health and safety professionals and how we see ourselves.
The HASANZ Register - Trusted advisers for healthier and safer workplaces
To list on the HASANZ Register as a member of HFESNZ you must be a Certified Professional Member in good standing, and hold Professional Indemnity and General Liability insurances at an appropriate level of cover. Statutory Liability insurance is recommended.
The HASANZ Register of Workplace Health and Safety Professionals is a national online database to help businesses find qualified workplace health and safety professionals. This is due to go live in March 2018 following opening for listing in December 2017. Listing on the register will enable New Zealand businesses to find your services and to easily verify your competence in the field of HFE. HASANZ Registration is valid for both consultants and in-house professionals.
There is a charge to list on the HASANZ Register, but it is free to use. Registering will cost:
To assist the process of completing your HASANZ Registration, please refer to this listing of HFESNZ accepted HFE skills and service types for the HASANZ Register. Please note that the development of this register system is ongoing - please contact us if you have constructive feedback.
Some helpful documents are:
And other items on the HASANZ Register website.