Agenda: DAY ONE - 9 June 2020

8.00AM Registration & Coffee
8.55AM Welcome from the MC
Andrew Barrett, Chief Connector and Host, Safety on Tap
9.10AM Welcome from the Platinum Sponsor, WorkSafe New Zealand
9.15AM International Keynote: Breaking the cycle

To make the role of the safety professional more effective, we need to better align the activities that safety professionals do with the activities that actually keep people safe. Much ‘safety work’ has proven not to make people any safer. So where does that leave the profession? David Provan will open the conference by challenging you to rethink and redesign your role in the face of the rising mainstream acceptance of Safety-II.

David Provan, Managing Director, Forge Works (Australia)
10.00AM WorkSafe Address
11.10AM Expanded horizons: developing an effective long-term health and safety strategy

For many practitioners, setting a health and safety strategy boils down to an annual plan - perhaps based on the previous year’s - with some improvements and new initiatives. But there is more value we can take from the strategic process. In this session, Craig will look at:

  • How to set a longer term health and safety strategy
  • How to align it with the overarching needs of the business
  • How to make it adaptable and flexible to changing environments
  • How to work out what not to do
  • How to implement it so it sticks
Craig Marriott, General Manager HSEQ, FirstGas
11.50AM Standing tall and giving workers a stronger voice

Putting worker involvement at the centre of health and safety initiatives has been the focus of a lot of the recent work undertaken by the Forest Industry Safety Council. This has included a broad culture change programme, the piloting of roving reps, and the implementation of learning teams. FISC, Safetree and partners will share their work, how it has improved safety outcomes across the sector, and how it can be applied to other industries.

Fiona Ewing, National Safety Director, Forest Industry Safety Council
Other speakers to be confirmed
12.35PM Reflection time
1.45PM International Keynote Case Study: Safety-as-a-Service – a journey from master to servant

Over the past two years, Brisbane Airport Corporation has transformed the role of H&S in the organisation, from safety-as-police to safety-as-a-service. Kersty and her team had to completely reposition and re-‘sell’ safety within the organisation, in order to align board, management and front line workers on health, safety and wellbeing. Join Kersty as she shares the BAC journey, and how by adapting a servant-leader approach, health and safety can be much more influential.

Kersty Christensen, Head of Workplace Health & Safety, Brisbane Airport Corporation (Australia)
2.30PM Case study: From compliance to curiosity: Adopting Safety-II principles in a dynamic, high pressure setting

In complex environments such as intensive care medicine, traditional Safety-I approaches are a poor fit for daily work. Facing this challenge, Carl and his team adopted Safety-II principles, which allowed them to understand the factors that made their work successful, which made usual success more likely. Carl will share his experience in helping a multidisciplinary team adapt more readily to changing environments and conditions and view work through a lens of curiosity rather than compliance.

Dr Carl Horsley, Intensivist – Critical Care Complex, Counties Manukau District Health Board
3.40PM The Safeguard Debate: The ‘Zero Harm’ movement has had its day

Few concepts in safety evoke as much discussion, debate and strong reaction as zero harm. Is it a goal which which all business should aspire? Is it an unattainable dream, made detrimental by causing us to focus in the wrong place? Or is it simply misunderstood? We end day one with a debate on the concept of zero harm and its application in business today.

In favour:
Speaker 1: Terry Johnson, General Manager, Health, Safety & Wellbeing, The Warehouse
Speaker 2: Dr Dave Moore, Manager – Safety in Design, WorkSafe New Zealand

Speaker 1: Jess Boult, Zero Harm Manager, Transdev Auckland
Speaker 2: Kersty Christensen, Head of Workplace Health & Safety, Brisbane Airport Corporation (Australia)
Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister for Workplace Relations & Safety
4.45PM Closing remarks from the chair and end of day one
7.00PM New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards Gala Dinner (Separately bookable)

AGENDA: DAY TWO - 10 June 2020

7.45AM Safeguard Conference networking breakfast
9.00AM Welcome back from the MC
9.05AM International Keynote: Constructing better health and wellbeing conversations

To deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes across a diverse and complex organisation, start by asking better questions and understanding work better. This can range from giving board members insightful wellbeing metrics to equipping line managers and H&S professionals with the tools to be comfortable having conversations on health and wellbeing. In this session, Dr Judith Grant will show how she has driven wellbeing across a multinational construction and consulting firm, how she manages strategic wellbeing, and the influence this has had across the broader Mace supply chain.

Dr Judith Grant, Director of Health & Wellbeing, Mace Group (UK)
9.50AM Shift work: time for a re-think?

The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently classified night shift work as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. Additionally, night work has been identified as a cause or suspected cause of other serious negative health effects, particularly on the cardiovascular and digestive systems, as well as decreased melatonin and increased fatigue levels. A variety of potential interventions have been identified but have only had limited success. Does that mean we should be rethinking the hours we work?

Dr Joanne Crawford, WorkSafe New Zealand Chair in Health and Safety, Victoria University of Wellington
10.50AM Case study: Investing in safety along a supply chain

Collaborative, long term contracts can lead to a significant improvement in health and safety outcomes. By giving contractors certainty of work, they have the confidence to invest in their people, improving training, development and overall wellbeing. This model is currently being used by Watercare, Fulton Hogan, Fletcher Construction and others. Steve Webster from Watercare will lift the lid on the improvements that this new contracting process delivers and discuss how your procurement and operational delivery processes can be a powerful tool to creating safer workplaces.

Steve Webster, Chief Infrastructure Officer, Watercare Services Ltd
11.30AM Swimming in numbers: New Zealand’s first health & safety data lake

CHASNZ’s ‘data lake’, funded by ACC in the inaugural round of Workplace Injury Prevention Grants, uses predictive analytics to combine traditional health and safety data with people and operational data. This will allow industry to understand the true, hidden drivers of health and safety performance. Chris Alderson outlines the data lake, the insights it has generated to date, and discusses how we can better predict good safety performance.

Chris Alderson, CEO, Construction Health & Safety New Zealand
12.00PM Looking out for your Mates

The construction industry has the highest suicide rate across all industries in New Zealand. The peer support model for mental health used by MATES in Construction is now being used across numerous industries, because it builds capacity for organisations to have meaningful engagement in mental health. This session explores the model and how it has been used effectively by organisations to have better conversations about mental health.

Victoria McArthur, CEO, MATES in Construction NZ
Other presenters to be confirmed
1.30PM Ramping up HSR engagement and opportunity

Over the past 12 months, Brent Armitage has gone from airport ramp worker and HSR to full-time health & safety professional. This gives him a particularly interesting insight into what makes a successful rep, how to encourage meaningful employee involvement in safety, and what health & safety professionals can do to get the most out of their reps. Join Brent as we examine how you can supercharge employee engagement.

Brent Armitage, People Safety Advisor – Air Operations and Safety, Air New Zealand
*Brent won the HSR category at the 2019 New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards, at which Air New Zealand won the Employee Engagement category.
2.00PM International Keynote: Marketing health and safety properly

Try googling 'health and safety'. See what comes up. See what the image results evoke in your mind. Now think about your work. Do you feel like you are pushing health and safety, a lot? Like you are hard-selling the message, the approach, and the processes of health and safety? If the father of modern marketing, Peter Drucker, famously defined the end goal of marketing as a product or service that sells itself, it's time to realise we have a marketing problem. In this e session, Andrew Barrett will explore how basic marketing principles, models, and practices can help us move health and safety towards something which sells itself.

Andrew Barrett, Chief Connector and Host, Safety on Tap (Australia)
2.50PM Working with the whole person

On any given day, some of your people will be experiencing mental – or physical - health challenges. On some days you will be one of them. Dr Tom closes the conference by challenging us to accept our responsibility – as employers, as H&S practitioners – to look after the whole person. He’ll also discuss effective strategies to measure, assess and monitor those health risks

Dr Tom Mulholland, CEO, KYND Wellness
3.40PM Closing remarks from the Chair and close of conference
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