Agenda

8.30AM REGISTRATION & COFFEE
9.00AM Opening remarks from the Chair
Mike Cosman, Director, Cosman Parkes
9.10AM Legal Update: What is happening here and in Australia?

As the body of case law under the Health and Safety at Work Act slowly builds, the past year has seen a number of firsts including a prosecution of a machinery designer and the first project order. This session will cover these and other cases from the courts. Grant will also discuss developments in Australia that we may follow, including the Boland review of the Model Act and the proposed all-state introduction of an industrial manslaughter offence.

Grant Nicholson, Partner, Anthony Harper
9.55AM What to expect when the inspector comes calling

The reality is accidents and incidents may happen. If they do there are steps a PCBU can take to minimise the risk of both further incidents and assist in any investigation. In this session the regulator and defence lawyer will discuss what to expect post-incident including:
- What are your rights and responsibilities
- How to prepare for an investigation
- Trends in alternative interventions

Simon Humphries, Head of Specialist Interventions, WorkSafe New Zealand and Garth Gallaway, Partner, Chapman Tripp
10.45AM MORNING TEA
11.05AM Law in Practice: Bullying and harassment

The Law:
Bullying and harassment is a serious and common work risk and under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, businesses are expected to manage health and safety risks as far as reasonably practicable. In this session Samantha will explore:
- what is bullying and harassment
- policies and procedures - what good looks like
- Health and Safety and HR – roles and responsibilities
- recent case law

Samantha Turner, Partner, Simpson Grierson

The Practice:
When Fire and Emergency formed in July 2017, bringing together 14,000 people across nearly 40 different organisations, an agreement was co-signed with unions and associations to work together to protect the health & safety of its people. Their guiding whakatauki is 'he waka eke noa' - everyone in one canoe with no exception. Following the organisation's formation Chief Executive Rhys Jones commissioned an independent review to give direction on how to lead a safe and inclusive workplace, free from bullying and harassment. The report, released in Jan 19, clearly highlighted a need for change. Elizabeth Church from FENZ will share their journey so far, and the work they are doing to ensure they continue to focus on what they do best - keeping New Zealanders safe.

Elizabeth Church, Programme Lead - Positive Workplace Programme, Fire and Emergency New Zealand
12.05PM Case study: Safety due diligence and driving better board-level engagement in health and safety

The Department of Corrections has one of the most complex and high-risk health and safety environments in NZ. Despite already being award winners for board engagement with health and safety, they wanted to take their officers from good to great. In 2017 they introduced a new, structured Officer Development and Assurance Programme to enable their officers to more easily demonstrate the steps they were taking to meet their due diligence requirements, understand their critical risks and, ultimately, to drive even better board engagement and buy-in across all aspects of work health and safety. Chris will share details of the programme, his reflections and Corrections' next steps.

Chris Jones, General Manager Safety & Wellbeing, Department of Corrections
12.45PM LUNCH
1.35PM Law in Practice: Mental health in the workplace

The Law:
Employers have a legal obligation to manage risks to mental health and wellbeing, such as reducing work stress and preventing psychological harm. In this session Sarah-Lee will discuss the legal requirements through the lens of safety legislation. She will also explore the relationship between good workers mental health and great business outcomes.

Sarah-Lee Stead, Special Counsel, Kensington Swan

The Practice:
Spark has completely overhauled its approach to mental health to make a powerful difference to its employees. Spearheaded by Grant, the mental health network has grown to over 650 highly-engaged employees who support each other in the area of mental health and wellbeing. Grant will inspire and encourage you to start a health movement in your workplace and provide practical insights on how to get started.

Grant Pritchard, Mental Health Advocate, Spark
2.35PM Testing the limits of your drug and alcohol policy

What is the impact of the new oral fluid standard - is urine testing still lawful? If marijuana is legalised, can you still test for its use/effects on your work site? What can you do to minimise the impact of legal drugs and medications? When are these an employer's business?

Kylie Dunn, Partner, Russell McVeagh
3.10PM AFTERNOON TEA
3.30PM Overlapping duties: consult, cooperate, coordinate – simple in theory, a challenge in practice?

How to consult, cooperate and coordinate to meet their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 continues to raise questions for many PCBUs. What challenges are PCBUs facing? Where are they falling down in their obligations? How does this change if there is no direct contractor relationship? Mike will discuss these and other challenges.

Mike Cosman, Director, Cosman Parkes
4.05PM Case study: A collaborative partnership – Kaikōura earthquake recovery and rebuild

Faced with a large-scale recovery and rebuild project with many partners, the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery alliance (NCTIR) constructed its own safety programme that was fit for purpose and constantly evolving. Stephen Bell will discuss the hurdles, benefits and outcomes of embedding the 'NCTIR-way' culture within the alliance.

Stephen Bell, Health and Safety Manager, NCTIR
4.35PM Closing remarks from the chair and end of conference

Dates & Locations

Auckland:
15 October, Crowne Plaza

Wellington:
16 October, Intercontinental

Christchurch:
17 October, Rydges Latimer

Earlybird Price

$595 + GST
(Earlybird closes 4 September)

Full Price

$650 + GST

 

Questions

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