HASANZ Health and Safety Workforce Pipeline Report - 'Building the Professions'    November 2019

HASANZ has just published this report, which provides the first ever review of capacity, capability and demand within New Zealand’s health and safety workforce – including in our discipline. The report suggests that New Zealand will need at least another 2,100 health and safety professionals (across all disciplines) over the next 10 years – with the actual number likely to be higher given growing demand for advice and services.

It highlights challenges facing the workforce and makes recommendations aimed at improving things like competency frameworks, accessibility to education and training, and continuing professional development. The report identifies priority areas for action, including addressing issues facing human factors and ergonomics professionals, health and safety generalists, hazardous substances professionals, occupational hygienists, and occupational health nurses.

It was funded by WorkSafe and the Skills Organisation and includes input from the health and safety professional associations, including ours. The findings will be used to support workforce planning. HASANZ is holding a series of meetings with stakeholders to go through the findings and to develop action plans for implementing the recommendations. 

Building the Professions Report, Nov 2019


Current HFE education in New Zealand

HFESNZ endeavors to stay abreast of human factors and ergonomics (HFE) education options in New Zealand and provides this information to assist potential human factors/ergonomics professionals to select courses. In addition, people working in other roles and with an interest in HFE may seek education options to extend their knowledge of the field and its applications, without necessarily setting out to become an HFE professional. 

With assistance from the educational bodies, we have reviewed the courses available in New Zealand and have prepared summaries of NZ course offerings in the human factors and ergonomics field.  We invite you to make use of these summaries.  Please contact us if you have knowledge of other course options you believe we should know of. Education providers should contact the Professional Affairs Board Convenor with updated material. (This is a work in progress).

As yet, none of these courses will guarantee a pathway to Professional Membership with HFESNZ.  We recommend that those seeking professional certification make contact with us to discuss their goals and education pathways. We note that considerable work is currently occurring around the topic of HFE education in New Zealand and we will update this information as indicated.

We are keen to help you on your human factors and ergonomics educational journey.