Zero Harm in the Workplace


With 41 workers killed at work and 6,087 suffering serious harm from workplace accidents in 2011, achieving a goal of Zero Harm in your workplace is something businesses should be striving towards.

Following on from the events held in Auckland and Wellington, the Zero Harm in the Workplace conference will be run in Christchurch for the first time in July. This event is a comprehensive one day conference which tackles topics such as keeping safe in high risk instances and understanding individual risk competence.

Hear practical and expert insights into health and safety from our panel of expert speakers including:
• Dr Hillary Bennett
• Eric Holliday
• Carl Stent
• Andrew Shaw '

Why should you attend?

» Great networking opportunities with your fellow H&S practitioners
» Case studies and presentations from Fulton Hogan, NZ Post and more
» Breakout sessions give you the opportunity to discuss what is important for you
» Legal update keeps you abreast of the latest case law


Optional Masterclass: Extending the Accident Investigation Process

9.00am – 4.30pm, 31 July 2012, Sudima Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Some of the core goals of the accident investigation process are to identify why the accident happened, identify both new and existing hazards and put processes in place to ensure the risks to employee safety are minimised. In this full day Masterclass you will learn to extend the accident investigation process from a step-by-step requirement into a proactive approach to preventing further injury in the workplace.

Masterclass attendees will cover:
• Dealing with external parties during the investigation
• Handling the outcome of the investigation
• Effective investigation and interviewing techniques
• Creating a supportive and “blame-free” environment
• Analysing workplace accident history – does a pattern exist? If so what can be done about it?
• Using lessons learnt to improve health and safety processes and to become proactive with employees

About the Facilitator:

Peter Newsome, Director, Ironclad Safety
Peter Newsome has been practising Health and Safety and specialising in Injury Prevention since 2001. Prior to that Peter spent 22 years as a Police Officer, 12 years in uniform on the front line and 10 more years investigating serious crime as a Detective and Intelligence Analyst.

Peter uses his years of investigative training to look at the facts as facts and to provide evidence based solutions. 


Agenda: Day 1


Registration & Coffee


Opening remarks from the Chair

Eric Holliday, Independent Safety Consultant


MBIE Address: Harm Reduction Programmes

In this address the MBIE will go over their initiatives to reduce harm coming to New Zealand’s workers. Hear about the process involved and the successes gained through the programmes.

Steve Moran, Team Leader - Canterbury Rebuild/Recovery Project, Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment

Please check back later as were still waiting to find out if his presentation will be available online.


From the courts: Reviewing recent health and safety cases

• Examining recent prosecutions under health and safety law
• The impact of recent health and safety case law
• Current areas of focus for the Department of Labour
• Are penalties effective and reflecting the breach?

Andrew Shaw, Partner, Lane Neave


Morning break and refreshments


Case Study: Getting your workforce back on its feet

A fast return to work is a key component of successful rehabilitation and a step towards full physical and psychological recovery. Over the past 4 years NZ Post has achieved a 45% reduction in injury rate, a 75% reduction in Lost Time Injury Rate and a 70% reduction in days lost due to injury. This has lead to a 35% reduction in Partnership Programme rehabilitation costs.
• Keeping your employees working
• Assessing capability to perform tasks
• Providing flexibility to ensure complete rehabilitation
• Make a fast return to work business as usual

Marty Buckley, Safety and Wellbeing Consultant, NZ Post Group


Case Study: Preventing injury in high-risk situations

How can an organisation prevent accidents in high-risk situation? Does special focus need to be paid to environmental factors? Carl Stent will discuss the procedures in place at Fulton Hogan and what is done to minimise employee danger.
• Following pre-set protocols
• Making employee safety a priority despite time constraints

Carl Stent, National Manager – Safety & Wellbeing, Fulton Hogan




Looking at human and organisational factor in accidents

Many organisations aspire to be ‘zero harm’ workplaces, where all injuries are preventable. Achieving this goal requires an understanding of the human contribution in relation to performance shaping factors such as the task, equipment, procedures, environment, and organisation.
• Review frameworks for better understanding around the “human” factor and the choices workers can make
• Explore human and organisational fallibility and the importance of taking a systems approach in addressing this
• Review psychological processes that influence the attribution of human success and failure

Dr Hillary Bennett, Director, Leading Safety


The critical importance of individual “risk competence” in achieving Zero Harm

Ultimately, safety practice won’t necessarily be improved through appointing more safety personnel, writing more standards or undertaking more audits. Developing an understanding of risk-taking behaviour, and then working with this to improve individual decision-making is the answer. Risk Competence is dependent on the appropriate attitude, behaviour, and skills. We will examine this interface in some detail and provide delegates with a number of practical guidelines for implementation.

Eric Holliday, Independent Safety Consultant


Afternoon break and refreshments


Creating protocols and standards for the Canterbury rebuild efforts

Examining Site Safe’s role in the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum, Geoff will discuss how this forum has resulted in consistent health and safety protocols and standards to be upheld by all working in demolition, infrastructure, and repair in the rebuild.
• Encouraging health and safety through leadership, education and consistent improvement
• Leaving a legacy of better health and safety
• Using this approach as a model to improve construction health and safety nationally

Geoff Wilson, Business & Relationships Manager, Site Safe


Breakout : Managing drug and alcohol abuse in your organisation

• Do you have a drugs and alcohol management process in place?
• How do you test for illicit substances?
• How have you approached managing “legal highs” in your workplace?

Russell Scott, General Manager, NZDDA


How do you maintain and improve upon workplace safety culture?

• Do you have shop-level health and safety champions in place?
• How have you identified where a culture shift is needed?
• What challenges have you encountered promoting a workplace safety culture?

Eric Holliday, Independent Safety Consultant


How can you prevent stress and fatigue within your workforce?

• How do you recognise and manage stress and fatigue?
• What does a healthy workplace mean to you?
• Do you have any systems in place to combat the effects?
• Have you noticed key precursors to stress and fatigue?

Dr Hillary Bennett, Director, Leading Safety


Closing remarks from the Chair and close of conference


Networking Drinks


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