9.00AM Opening remarks from the Chair
Terry Johnson, Director – Health & Safety Advisory Services, Simpson Grierson
9.15AM Understanding the first HSWA cases

The first cases under the HSWA are making their way through the courts. We have also seen the first use of an enforceable undertaking in the Saint Kentigern Sweeney Todd case. More cases are expected in the next few months. This session highlights some key observations, trends and directions as a result of these cases.

In Auckland & Christchurch: Sarah-Lee Stead, Senior Associate, Kensington Swan
In Wellington: Greg Cain, Partner, Kensington Swan
10.00AM Introducing the Health & Safety Performance Improvement Toolkit

In June 2017, the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety announced the creation of the Health and Safety Performance Improvement Toolkit. The Toolkit aims to provide businesses with advice and guidance to improve health and safety performance in the workplace, under a nationally recognised definition of what good health and safety looks like – and sits above minimum legal compliance. This session introduces the three elements of the toolkit, provides guidance on how to get the most out of it and outlines the assessor accreditation process.

Malcolm MacMillan, Programme Manager, WorkSafe
11.05AM Theory & practice: Employee participation & engagement

The theory
Your employee participation obligations under HSWA Part 3
Part 3 of the Health & Safety at Work Act states that health and safety policies must be written with the participation of your employees. Given that the HSWA has been the springboard for many organisations to update their policies, what do you need to know about your participation obligations? And what must you do if you've already implemented policies without formal participation processes?

Samantha Turner, Partner, Simpson Grierson

The practice
Case study: Putting workers at the forefront of your health & safety policy development
Many of the best safety initiatives come from workers. Landcorp developed a worker-led Safety Forum of farm staff, tasked with the development of safety ideas, policy and implementation, to improve the safety culture of the company. This revitalised Landcorp's safety culture in a way that put worker participation at the forefront. Landcorp will share their journey, its challenges and successes.

Joe Schumacher, Health & Safety Manager, Landcorp
12.15AM Understanding the regulator's enforcement toolkit

The first significant enforcement action under the HSWA saw the use of a new tool: the enforceable undertaking. However, WorkSafe can also issue a variety of other remedies, including restitution orders, adverse publicity orders, special project orders or safe work instruments as alternatives to punitive fines. What are these sanctions, how will they apply, and how will WorkSafe and the Courts use them?

Mike Cosman, Director, Cosman Parkes
1.45PM Do you really understand your critical risks?

Understanding your critical health risks and safety risks is essential, but so is developing effective controls to eliminate or minimise these risks. This can be challenging, not just because catastrophic events don’t often show up on measures like LTIFR, but once they are identified, addressing and having assurance that the controls are effectively implemented can be challenging. This session offers a framework to help identify critical risks and to set in place an assurance process that the risks are being effectively controlled.

In Auckland: Monika Wakeman, Associate Director, Deloitte
In Wellington: Ryan Tobiassen, Associate Director, Deloitte
In Christchurch: Monika Wakeman, Associate Director and David Seath, Director, Deloitte
2.30PM Case study: Psychological and welfare support following serious events and the PCBU's duty of care

Serious accidents are the most difficult situations for a H&S professional and a PCBU to deal with. Fonterra will share their new process and experiences in supporting employees involved in fatal events such as on road accidents to prevent PTSD and manage their Duty of Care to all those involved.

Terry Buckingham, National Health and Wellbeing Manager, Fonterra
3.30PM Culture, Safety 2 and the role of documented process

The Safety 2 concept focuses on work-as-done rather than work as imagined. Unfortunately this doesn’t always mesh well with the need for documentation of processes, detailed procedures, ACOPs and so on. Does a lack of documentation mean an absence of safe processes? And if it doesn’t, could you prove it in court? Contact shares the practical challenges and opportunities they faced moving from compliance driven safety systems and procedures to simplified processes built by the end users.

John Skudder, Health & Safety Manager, Contact Energy
4.10PM Case study: Leaving a safety legacy

The Mackays to Peka Peka Alliance involved four key participants with over 800 sub-contractors and suppliers – all bringing their own cultures and safety journeys. The best way to engage this diverse group? Chew the fat! Sarah will explain how the alliance left a safety legacy for their contractors by pushing ownership of safety directly out to workers.

Sarah McDonald, Senior Health & Safety Advisor, M2PP
4.40PM Closing remarks from the chair and end of conference


Auckland, 10 October, Crowne Plaza

Wellington, 11 October, InterContinental Hotel (at capacity)

Christchurch, 12 October, Rydges Latimer

Early bird cost

$595 + GST
*Earlybird closes 5pm, 29 August 2017

Full Price

$650 + GST

Conference attendance earns 6 CPD Hours