The HFESNZ 'Plan on a Page' summarises the society's purposes, HFE's fundamental characteristics, and the focus areas for society activity.
From September 2019 the core society activities are:
1 Competency for new and existing members.
2 Professional value for members.
3 Connecting with government, industry, health and safety sector, and other related areas.
4 Focusing on specific areas of expertise.
5 Working efficiently and working with others.
More details about the HFE workforce development activities can be found here.
March 2020 saw New Zealand begin to deal with the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. WorkSafe NZ has issued the following information for the work-related health and safety workforce (14 May 2020), including HFESNZ members.
The Government's COVID-19 response is led by the Ministry of Health because it is primarily a public health issue. The COVID-19 pandemic creates physical and mental health risks in the workplace that need to be managed by businesses. As the health and safety regulator, WorkSafe New Zealand follows advice from the Ministry of Health on the public health aspects of COVID-19.
All government advice on COVID-19 can be found at https://covid19.govt.nz/. This is the portal to official advice from government agencies and recognised non-governmental agencies such as the Mental Health Foundation. WorkSafe New Zealand has comprehensive COVID-19 advice on its website to protect worker health, safety and wellbeing, including information on returning to work https://worksafe.govt.nz/managing-health-and-safety/novel-coronavirus-covid/.
Guidance to protect workers' health, safety and wellbeing is also available from professional work-related health groups. Use the HASANZ register to find quality expertise to support a return to work https://register.hasanz.org.nz/.
Authors: Jennifer Long, Marion Edwin, Sara Albolino and Giulio Toccafondi
We have approval to publish this article that was published in ‘WORK’ (2019). Professional societies and associations provide members with a sense of belonging, the opportunity to associate with like-minded individuals, and the opportunity to exchange ideas and gather/extend knowledge to inform professional practice. Societies may also set and regulate professional standards and codes of practice for members, which in turn may benefit other organisations and workplaces by improving the quality of professional practice of its members.
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Work 64 (2019) 859-868, DOI: 10.3233/WOR-193026, IOS Press