New Zealand has officially launched an free online register of verified OHS professionals, aimed at providing businesses with a one-stop-shop for health and safety advice and services.
The HASANZ Register was developed by the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand with funding from ACC and WorkSafe New Zealand. It was one of the recommendations in the report following the Pike River Mine Disaster (see related article).
WorkSafe New Zealand Chief Executive Nicole Rosie said the HASANZ Register was a great first point of reference for businesses seeking quality, reliable and professional health and safety advice and services.
“There are robust and verifiable processes underpinning the Register which means those on the Register will have verified competency – something we think is very important for improving the quality and professionalism of health and safety advice in New Zealand.”
HASANZ Executive Director Philip Aldridge said the register was about lifting professional standards, and said better access to good health and safety advice would help reduce the risk of serious harm in New Zealand workplaces.
“The HASANZ Register works like a matching service between businesses and different types of health and safety professionals, connecting them with a list of experts who can advise on solutions to their health and safety problems – everything from asbestos to worker fatigue.
“Businesses can have confidence in the competence of workplace health and safety professionals listed on the HASANZ Register. To earn their place on the Register, health and safety professionals must belong to a HASANZ member association and meet stringent registration standards covering qualifications, experience, CPD, good character, a code of conduct and insurance. This also gives businesses access to a recognised complaints procedure and disciplinary process.”
Like licensed building practitioners or licensed real estate agents, only the person, not the business they work for can be HASANZ registered.