Below are two "samples" of our monthly HFE-News (December and July 2017)

December 2017:

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July 2017:

News from the Chair

Hello all,  

School holidays are here again – though as my boy is now a teenager I am finding that the ‘school holiday juggle’ is less nerve-wracking.  Strength to those of you juggling the needs of littler ones and work!  The last few days absence of school routine has seen me able to fit in a morning run again for the first time in weeks (errrr months, if I am honest), so long may that last! 

Conference 2017
Conference planning is ramping up!  Registration should kick-off within the next few days – we will send you a separate notification of this as soon as we are ready to hit the ‘go’ button.  Kim is doing a great job of working behind the scenes with our database system so we are running this conference entirely through our own resources.  We are building some of the modules for this as we go, and consider this to be useful ‘capital investment’ - putting us in a strong position for the future.  Committee will be sorting through the paper submissions and we will have the draft programme out very soon.  It is looking like a great mix of topics and speakers. 

For this conference we are very happy to be able to keep attendance costs to the same as the last conference – so we do hope that cost is not an issue for anyone keen to attend. Members of course pay a lower rate, and we encourage you to also use your networks to invite other interested colleagues along.  Do make sure you have applied for and tagged the time out of office for this important professional development, and come along to catch up with your colleagues and the current professional issues.  

Professional Members
The committee is happy to welcome Hamish Mackie and Fiona Trevelyan as our newest Certified Professional Members. Well done Hamish and Fiona! This brings Certified Professional Member numbers to a round dozen, and Associate Professional Members to 4.  We are still working on the finalisation of the Technical Professional Member category, with one person through the pilot process and another mid-application.  We are still reviewing and finalising this process.   

If you are in the process of putting together your application for Professional Membership and need some words of encouragement, don’t hesitate to contact one of the Certification Assessors or another Certified Professional Member for some support.  We recognise that is a significant achievement – but the effort isn’t for the faint-hearted and you do need to set aside time (and possibly an extra helping of dark chocolate) to tackle it.  If you aren’t sure of something, please do just ask.  We know that quite a number of you have requested an application pack and are working through this. (And if you simply require a Size 10 applied gluteally, let us know, and we’ll see how we can help :)).  

HASANZ Register
With the forthcoming HASANZ Register it is important to note that only Certified Professional Members will be able to list on this register.  The Register is being promoted to businesses and government agencies, that are being encouraged to use workplace health and safety sector professionals that have met the competency requirements of their professional organisation.  This will see better recognition of HFE professionals that are working with a full and appropriate knowledge base, and will discourage those applying limited aspects of HFE (often badly) and passing it off as the ‘real thing’.   

An update on the HASANZ Register can be found at!-Update1(1).pdf?dl=1   This is on the HASANZ website with other information.

‘Bad HFE’...
Which makes me think that ‘bad HFE’ would be an interesting discussion topic.  If any of you have a recent (last few years) example of ‘bad human factors/ergonomics’ being practiced in NZ – I’d love to hear about it.  Names not required, just a brief summary of context and the (professional) problem as you saw it.  Email me at with ‘Bad HFE’ in the subject line, and I shall report back. Like the one about the engineer doing an ‘ergonomics review’ of a manual handling issue that didn’t include any investigation with the workers doing the job, or any reporting of the actual manual handling risk... that sort of thing. Goal being that we can discuss how best to respond to such events, in a positive manner. 

Very soon we will be forwarding you an invitation to participate in the first survey of health and safety professionals and businesses, run by HASANZ in partnership with PwC.  See the letter following that outlines this survey.  Please take the time to complete the survey, and pass it on to other colleagues and business contacts as well.  This will help us to understand the needs of ‘both sides’ and to plan accordingly.

Credit Card Payments Will Be Available Very Soon
We advise that we are just waiting on Clad to ‘turn on’ the system so that we can accept Credit Card payments online.  We know that some members are waiting patiently for this function to go live to be able to pay their membership fee, and we are keen that it is up and running for Conference Registrations. It will simply be accessed via your web log in to access your invoice and the payment function. We hope that by the time we send out the conference registation information, it will be all set to go.

As happens from time to time, Mark has been busy with work and hasn’t been able to get the next webinar lined up yet. He is following up some ‘hot leads’ for speakers right now, and hopes to have the next webinar date for us shortly.  If you have any great ideas or speaker contacts, please get in touch with to discuss.  This is a very easy way to hear from respected colleagues in the field, and is highly recommended. Thanks Mark for your efforts in bringing these to us.

HFE Education in New Zealand
Over the last few months I have worked with members and others from tertiary institutions in New Zealand to gather a full listing of all the human factors/ergonomics courses that are available.  The document assembled from this  is available on the website for your use.  Please note that 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.  

And do get in touch if you have any other news, issues, brickbats or bouquets that you would like to share. 

Go forth and erg!
Marion Edwin

Invitation to take part in the inaugural HASANZ Health and Safety Professionals Survey
To our valued partners,
We are interested in your views on workplace health and safety professionals in New Zealand and welcome you to take part in the first HASANZ Health and Safety Professionals Survey, developed in partnership with PwC.

The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) is the umbrella organisation for workplace health and safety professionals (HSPs) in New Zealand (see a full list of HASANZ founding members). It aims to raise professional standards across the sector to provide healthier and safer workplaces.  Later this year HASANZ is launching an online register of workplace health and safety professionals who meet required competency standards. PwC has a strong presence in the health and safety sector and is committed to supporting HASANZ and the development of the health and safety professions in New Zealand. That’s why we’ve joined together to create this survey.

The HASANZ Health and Safety Professionals Survey will help us understand the profile and operating climate of HSPs in New Zealand from both sides – the businesses engaging HSPs, and HSPs themselves. The information collected through this survey will help HASANZ work with partners to improve the capability and capacity of health and safety professionals. It will also help improve business access to quality health and safety advice, which is critical to reducing workplace harm and injury. 

The HASANZ Health and Safety Professionals Survey will be undertaken annually. The results of the first survey will be used as a benchmark to help measure changes in business confidence after the HASANZ Register of Workplace Health and Safety Professionals comes into service.

Next week you will receive a link to complete the survey. This will be active for two weeks so you can complete the survey at a convenient time. Your individual responses will be confidential.

A summary of the major findings will be published on the HASANZ website – we’ll let you know when they’re posted.

We’d greatly appreciate your participation.
Craig Smith
Independent Chair
Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) 

"What's going on out there"...

Congratulations to HFESNZ member Brionny Hooper, winner of the 2016 Forest Science Young Scientist Award! It is great to see your HFE work being recognised by industry. 

Forest Owners Association research manager Russell Dale said the science awards were initiated in 2011 to recognise the extremely important contributions scientists and innovators make to the profitability and sustainability of forestry. A new award this year was for young scientists, with Brionny Hooper the inaugural winner.  Dale says that in the 18 months Hooper has been in the forest industry she has been very successful at building relationships at all levels of the industry. "She is able to identify key issues quickly and offers solutions for industry partners.  She is an outstanding communicator, is passionate about her work and has the potential to develop a very successful science career."

Hooper, who won the inaugural young scientist's award, said she firmly believed that if industries looked at the way humans are programmed to see accidents and risks, and learnt from that, then there would be fewer accidents.  "It's a matter of understanding intuitive and evolutionary behaviour in humans, instead of just treating safety in a structured and regulatory way."

Link to full document:

An article in the May/June Safeguard magazine highlights the groundbreaking work being carried out by a Scion team including HFESNZ members. Richard Parker, Brionny Hooper and Peter Clinton of Scion are eliminating human exposure to forestry risks via the gibbon-inspired tree-to-tree robot for felling in unsafe terrain. The tele-operated T2T robot stays above ground, using trees for support as it fells or measures growing trees (etc) in the forest. Richard spoke about the start of this work at a recent HFESNZ conference, and it is exciting seeing this concept moving towards reality.


‘True Lean’ opportunity
‘True Lean’ - The University of Kentucky is offering some IEA members the opportunity to participate in October or November 2017, 4 day courses in ‘True Lean’, to gain a ‘Certification in Lean Ergonomics’.  Attendees may receive a 50% fee reduction by providing feedback and assisting to review the course content. Contact Steve Davis at (Please email Kim/our Administrator if you would like to see a copy of the email we received).

Our regular communication with a number of the ACC Injury Prevention team provides some information that will be of interest to HFESNZ Members. 

The following excerpt is taken from the May 2017 HealthCert Bulletin, put out by the Ministry of Health 


Reducing harm in New Zealand workplaces 

The Government has set a target of reducing serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace by 25 percent by 2020. Together with WorkSafe New Zealand, the Accident Compensation Corporation has developed the Reducing Harm in New Zealand Workplaces (2016–2019) Action Plan (ACC and WorkSafe NZ 2016) to help keep New Zealanders safe and healthy at work. 

The health care and social assistance sector is one of five high-risk industries that this plan targets. The three most common causes of work-related injuries in this sector are:

  • moving and handling people (body stressing)
  • slips, trips and falls 
  • violent and aggressive behaviour. 

Effectively managing the risk of injury to workers in the health care sector not only benefits the workers, their families and the businesses they work in, but also reduces the risk of injury to people in their care. A hazard that creates a risk for a health care worker (such as a slippery floor in a hospital hallway) will create the same risk to people they are caring for. 

New Zealand’s population is ageing, with 23 percent of the population expected to be over 65 years of age by 2038 (currently 14 percent are over 65). The ageing population will place more demands on the health sector, increasing the risk of injury unless good health and safety management practices are put in place. 

In the next three years ACC and WorkSafe NZ will support the sector by:

  • targeting the risks connected with moving and handling people
  • targeting slips, trips and falls 
  • working with the industry to understand and address the risk of violence 
  • strengthening health and safety leadership across the sector.

Moving people safely

Recent ACC data indicates that over 30 percent of injuries to health care workers are caused while moving and handling people. It’s not always simple to move people safely. Getting it right might require training, having the right equipment and providing enough space to move people safely. 

Moving and Handling People: The New Zealand Guidelines (ACC 2012) is a comprehensive resource developed to support the health care industry to implement an effective moving and handling programme. It describes the six core components needed to reduce workplace injuries caused when moving or handling people. 

The booklet Supporting People to Move at Home (Home and Community Health Association and Carers New Zealand 2015) is for carers and support workers. It provides practical tips and techniques to use when supporting people to move safely at home.  

WorkSafe NZ produces a range of information and guidance to help people comply with their health and safety duties, including industry-specific information. ACC is presently collaborating with WorkSafe NZ to update Moving and Handling People: The New Zealand Guidelines and other useful information and material for the health care sector. You will be able to access these resources on WorkSafe NZ’s website by the end of the year. 

Further information

If you have any queries or just want to discuss this work programme, please contact Vaseti Sopoaga at ACC by phoning (04) 816 6070 or emailing

For the harm reduction action plan, go to either:

For moving and handling resources, go to ACC’s website at: injuries/at work/industry specific safety/moving and handling people guidelines


ACC. 2012. Moving and Handling People: The New Zealand Guidelines. Wellington: Accident Compensation Corporation.
ACC, WorkSafe NZ. 2016. Reducing Harm in New Zealand Workplaces (2016–2019) Action Plan. Wellington: Accident Compensation Corporation and WorkSafe New Zealand.
Home and Community Health Association, Carers New Zealand. 2015. Supporting People to Move at Home: Practical tips and techniques for carers and support workers. Wellington: Accident Compensation Corporation.

Workplace Health and Safety Toolkit
June 2017: ACC and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced a new Toolkit to provide businesses with advice and guidance to improve health and safety performance

“The Toolkit delivers a framework that defines what good health and safety looks like and encourages active involvement and engagement throughout the workplace, from workers and operational managers through to senior leaders and boards,” Mr Woodhouse says.  

“The Toolkit delivers a health and safety best practice standard that is nationally recognised, credible and aligned with the New Zealand regulatory framework beyond minimum compliance requirements.

“Businesses will be able to choose how the Toolkit best caters to their needs with access to resources on the WorkSafe website, an onsite assessment delivered by independent accredited assessors or a free online self-assessment.”

The Toolkit will help improve workplace health and safety by:

  • aligning health and safety workforce professional development with best practice
  • supporting behavioural and culture change by fostering more effective worker participation and engagement
  • targeting system weaknesses identified by the Independent Taskforce

The Toolkit is the culmination of the Safety Star Rating Scheme work undertaken by WorkSafe, ACC and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

For more information please follow the attached links.

The new URL to updated content on the website:

The media release: