New HASANZ Chair Appointed
Craig Smith has been appointed Independent Chair of the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ). He steps into the role following Shenagh Gleisner, who has completed her term as HASANZ Establishment Chair.
As the umbrella organisation for workplace health and safety professions in New Zealand, HASANZ was established in September 2014 to raise professional standards to help support providing healthier and safer workplaces.
A highly experienced strategy and change specialist, Craig Smith is well known for his work in the health and safety sector. He was Secretariat Lead for the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety, which in 2012 recommended to the Government the establishment of a representative body (HASANZ) for health and safety professionals. Mr Smith subsequently assisted with the establishment of WorkSafe New Zealand and, more recently, has been working with WorkSafe on its regulatory intervention approach.
HASANZ’s focus is to lift the quality of professional health and safety advice and make this content more accessible to businesses, workers and industry bodies.
WorkSafe has provided resourcing for the establishment of HASANZ and the two agencies work closely together to help make New Zealand workplaces healthier and safer.
“HASANZ values the ongoing support provided by WorkSafe. I look forward to working with business, workers and government agencies, such as WorkSafe, Maritime New Zealand and the Civil Aviation Authority, to promote excellence in workplace health and safety practice,” says Mr Smith.
WorkSafe is committed to working with HASANZ in developing and enhancing the accessibility, capability and overall quality of health and safety professionals in New Zealand.