9.00AM Welcome from the organisers
9.05AM WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR Greg Dearsly, Managing Director, First4Safety and President, NZISM
9.10AM The anatomy of a high performing HSR

Having a high-performing health and safety committee, made up of engaged and committed representatives, is a huge benefit to great health and safety performance across the organisation. But what does this look like? We open the conference by providing a roadmap of skills and attributes of a great HSR.
• What are the critical success factors behind a great HSR?
• What are their key competencies and constraints?
• What worker representation and participation structures give you the outcomes that you want?

Ruth Cook, Engagement & Programme Lead and Julie-Ann Mail, Engagement Lead, WorkSafe New Zealand
9.55AM Escaping the disengagement spiral – overcoming barriers to worker participation and engagement

The Participation Agreement has been signed, the elections are over and the HSRs are ready to go. Excellent, ‘Job Done’, right? From experience across a range of sectors and industries, Joe shares a selection of challenges, opportunities and insights on how to keep your newly elected HSRs not only engaged, but actively contributing.

Joe Schumacher, Manager – Occupational Health, Wellbeing and Safety, Capital & Coast District Health Board
10.35AM Table talk: Reality bites

Have you been frustrated in your role as an HSR? Have you encountered roadblocks to change? How have you overcome them? What can you do to make a difference and improve representation and participation?

11.10AM Workshop: Effective communication - up, across and down your organisation

A key component of the HSR role is communication, with your fellow workers and senior leaders. This practical session will provide you with tools to:
• Communicate up
• Actively listen
• Give constructive feedback
• Respond to conflict
• Have difficult conversations

Facilitated by Holly Patterson, Director, Upskills
1.10PM Workshop: Looking after your mates and yourself

Workplaces that prioritise mental wellbeing have better engagement, reduced absenteeism, higher productivity and greater competitiveness. The role of an HSR covers 'health' as well as 'safety'. Mental health, stress and bullying are hazards that need to be addressed. As an HSR this may not be something that you feel you have the right training or experience for. In this session the Mental Health Foundation will provide you with the tools to recognise the signs and start a meaningful conversation about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Facilitated by by Lisa Ducat and Jono Selu, Community Engagement & Health Promotion Specialists, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
2.40PM Table Talks: I’m listening

In your role as an HSR have you had experience with colleagues needing support? Faced with the same situation now, would you do anything differently?

3.15PM Case study: The role of the HSR in creating better work

A well-functioning health & safety system relies on participation, leadership and accountability. The ‘potential’ of an HSR is beyond solely health and safety. This session discusses the wider role an HSR can play as a champion of positive workplace culture, living the company values, and ultimately creating and driving better work.

Matt Sadgrove, Health and Safety Manager, Delta
3.55PM Case study: Demystifying learning teams – focusing on what we’re doing right!

Learning together can produce great rewards for an organisation and empower workers to own health and safety. Forestry operations in the Tiaki Forest Estate were performing well on production and health and safety. Hancock Forest Management wanted to know why and if there were lessons that could be shared with the rest of the business. At Glen’s suggestion they set up Everyday Work Learning Teams. This is their story.

Glen Coleman, National Health & Safety Manager, Hancock Forest Management

Dates & Locations

Auckland: 20 August 2019
Stamford Plaza

Wellington: 21 August 2019
Rydges Hotel

Christchurch: 22 August 2019
Rydges Latimer

Full Price

$550 + GST

Send the team and save!
Book 5 attendees and the 6th attends free.


For any event enquiries please email or phone 09 361 8925