Agenda: DAY ONE 28 MAY 2019

8.00AM Registration & Coffee
9.00AM Welcome from the MC
9.15AM Welcome from Platinum Sponsor, WorkSafe New Zealand
9.20AM International keynote: Go disrupt yourself!

Is this an encouragement? A challenge? Or a sarcastic insult?! Disruption, innovation and 'the Future' are all buzzwords from the mouths of excitable leaders, yet dampened by a lack of practical action, alongside scaremongering about job losses and impending obsolescence. Let's cut through the BS and explore what these do mean, what potential do they hold for health and safety, and how as leaders we can decide our relationship with disruption, innovation, and the Future.

Andrew Barrett, Chief Connector, Coach and Host, Safety on Tap (Australia)
10.05AM WorkSafe New Zealand address

Phil Parkes
, Chief Operating Officer and
Daniel Hummerdal, Chief Advisor Health and Safety Innovation, WorkSafe New Zealand
11.15AM Challenging the Safety Quo

What if we could create safer workplaces not by doing safety better, but by making work better? That if we normalise worker involvement, and create workplaces with high levels of engagement that improved safety performance would be a natural outcome? That you could ‘disrupt’ safety by doing less ‘safety work’? In this session Craig will encourage you to challenge your Safety Quo and to think differently about how safer workplaces best be achieved.

Craig Marriott, General Manager HSEQ, First Gas
11.50AM International Keynote: Whose work is it anyway?

Common Safety II thinking emphasises the difference between work-as-imagined and work-as-done. The human factors approach suggests there are four – work-as-imagined; work-as-prescribed; work-as-disclosed; and work-as-done. Why does this matter? Because understanding the differences between these will help you better understand work - and how it can be made better and safer. Steven will also provide practical guidance to help you have better conversations about real work, and show how enabling these conversations can have significant benefits to workplace culture.

Steven Shorrock, Senior Specialist Safety & Human Factors, EUROCONTROL (UK)
12.40PM Reflection time

During this time, we’ll pose a question to you related to the theme of the previous sessions, to give you the time to apply some of the key takeaways to your own organisation.

12.50PM LUNCH (sponsored by edenfx HSE Recruitment)
1.50PM Case study: Being brave

Creating cultures where workers are empowered to speak up and suggest better ways of work can be immensely powerful. The benefits can encompass higher worker engagement and retention as well as safety. Griffin’s will share their journey of Being Brave, and how they used worker engagement and participation as a conduit to better safety.

Susan Walls, HR Manager – Operations
Craig Rooks, Site Manager – Papakura, The Griffin’s Food Company
2.30PM Skills session: The art of the courageous conversation

For anyone involved in health & safety change programmes, resistance to change is the norm. As a result, a safety professional needs to be able to have challenging conversations, whether it’s with workers, line managers, or even senior leaders. This mini-workshop will:

  • Help you get difficult messages across simply
  • Move from an adversarial to a collaborative approach in conflict resolution
  • Teach de-escalation techniques when faced with hostile or obstructive behaviour
  • Teach facilitation techniques to assist you in overcoming resistance
  • Guide you when senior leaders are the cause of difficulty

Sarah Balfour, Director
Holly Patterson, Director, Upskills
3.40PM Debate: Safety documentation saves lives

Necessary evil, essential resource or a waste of time? Safety documentation is a reality for almost every business, but is it effective at achieving its core purpose? We end the day with a look at a topic familiar to all of us – paperwork!

In favour:
Speaker 1: Grant Nicholson, Partner, Anthony Harper
Speaker 2: Robert Powell, Health Safety & Wellbeing Manager. University of Auckland

Speaker 1: Jon Harper-Slade, GM Skills and Competency, Construction Health & Safety New Zealand
Speaker 2: Moni Hogg, Senior Safety Consultant & Performance Coach
4.30PM Ministerial Address
Hon Iain Lees-Galloway
, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety
4.45PM End of Day One
7.00PM New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards Gala Dinner


7.45AM Networking Breakfast (sponsored by Impac)

Transforming your health & safety data into meaningful actionable insights

9.00AM Welcome back from the MC
9.05AM International Keynote Case Study: Well aware: defining and driving wellbeing across a complex organisation

In this case study, Wade will share his experiences of formulating and delivering on an integrated wellbeing strategy across all levels of a multinational organisation – which starts with defining what wellbeing means to your organisation.

Wade Needham, Head of Safety, Environment and Wellbeing,Serco Asia Pacific
9.50AM Bullying and sexual harassment at work: a wake-up call for the profession

Events of the past 12 months, from Dame Margaret Bazley’s report on Russell McVeagh to the global #MeToo movement, have put a spotlight on bullying and sexual harassment. Health and safety practitioners have been slow to recognize the role they have to play in preventing workplace bullying. This session will challenge us all to do better, and provides practical guidance as to how health & safety professionals can work with others such as HR and management, to eliminate bullying.

Steph Dyhrberg, Partner, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law and Convenor of the Wellington Women Lawyers' Association
Nicole Rosie, Chief Executive, WorkSafe New Zealand
11.00AM A Hidden Tragedy: an examination of suicide in the construction industry

A worker in construction is six times more likely to die of suicide than a workplace accident. Yet our focus is often on managing the physical safety of people working in this high-risk industry. In this session, we examine some new research on suicide trends in construction, and challenge you to consider how these trends can inform and improve your harm prevention programmes.

Brett Murray, Chief Executive, Site Safe
Kate Bryson, Director and Senior Researcher, Axon Consulting
11.45AM Reflection time
12.00PM ACC address: Breaking down the barriers to health and safety

Too many New Zealanders continue to be injured or killed at work every year. We all need to work together to help change this. ACC has been working closely with businesses, unions and industry partners to help understand the barriers to making health and safety improvements. You’ll hear about ACC’s recent work focusing on collaboration and innovation across the sector

Speaker to be confirmed shortly
12.40PM LUNCH (sponsored by Impac)
1.40PM Case study: A little lesson on microlearning

Microlearning can increase retention of critical information as well as improve employee accountability, adaptability and camaraderie. In this case study, Dr Kirstine Hulse will show how Northpower have used safety microlearning to drive behavioural and cultural change through their organisation.

Dr Kirstine Hulse, Group People, Performance and Safety Culture Manager, Northpower
2.10PM Workers in focus - employee voices in health & safety

Workers have most to gain (or lose) from health & safety initiatives. They also know better than anyone how work is actually done. In this session, we interview frontline workers about barriers and enablers to successful H&S initiatives, and talk about what they see as the role of the H&S professional in assisting them.

Peter Buckley, Mechanical Engineer, KiwiRail
Claire Woolridge Way, Biodiversity Supervisor, Department of Conservation
Richard Thwaites, Substation Control & Protection Supervisor, Connetics
2.55PM Closing Inspirational keynote: Blades, bots and beyond

Liam Malone, our very own Blade Runner, is a remarkable New Zealander. In our closing session, Liam shares his personal story of overcoming numerous physical and mental challenges to win Paralympic gold. After retiring from para-sports, he joined Auckland AI firm Soul Machines, and is passionate about technology and innovation and how they can propel you forward to endless possibilities. Liam is truly someone who embodies the conference themes of Daring and Disruption.

Liam Malone, Paralympic Gold Medallist
3.40PM End of conference

Date & Venue

Auckland: 9 - 10 June 2020
Cordis Hotel


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