Housing New Zealand’s Maintenance Contractor Health, Safety and Security (HSS) incident reporting has changed over to Noggin.
From 1 February 2018 all high-severity incidents are now reported to Housing New Zealand (HNZ) via a Noggin Public web form, which operates on any mobile device with a web browser.
These high-severity incidents should initially be notified to your HNZ point of contact by phone or email and then followed up with an incident report completed via the Noggin Public web form within 24 hours. All other incidents, safety lead indicators, total of job lines and days lost to injury are also reported to Housing New Zealand via a monthly Excel file attachment sent to ContractorHSSInfo@hnzc.co.nz
Housing New Zealand’s Health and Safety Advisor Contractor Assurance, Mike Ashby, says Noggin went live on 1 February with 111 events recorded for February 2018, an increase of 56% compared with January 2018 and an increase of 58% compared with December 2017.
“Using Noggin ensures high-severity health, safety and security incidents come through quickly, which allows remedial actions to be taken promptly to keep people safe.”
The first maintenance contractor to enter information into Noggin was Prestige Health and Safety Manager Wayne Withey (pictured left).
As Wayne says, 1 February 2018 started like any other day with reviewing a new batch of incident reports he had received.
Wayne says his review identified a serious near miss incident and just as he was about to load this into the system it struck him he would have to log the incident through the new Noggin notification.
Being relatively new to his health and safety role at Prestige, Wayne says he thought to himself he had only just mastered the existing system and now was going to need to log the incident into something totally new.
But to his surprise and after only a few minutes, he had the incident loaded and sent through and notification of a successful upload in his email inbox.
Wayne says now all he needs to do is get his head round the month-end upload, but says he’s confident this will go just as well.
“As a regular user of Noggin I find it relatively straightforward and easy to use”, Wayne says.
Thanks also to Spencer Henshaw and Responsive Maintenance for coming to the User Acceptance Testing workshop in Wellington in December. At the workshop we wanted end users to put Noggin through its paces and do all the tasks it would need to be capable of doing in the real world of health and safety for contractors and staff.
We’ve included some helpful tips below on using Noggin.
Tips for using Noggin
High-severity incidents are logged via the Noggin web portal: hnz-afetyevents.noggin.com.au(external link)
Where an incident requires immediate action from HNZ, the Noggin web portal should also be used, for example where a dangerous dog has been discovered on a property.
Other events and safety data needs to be sent to HNZ via Excel file by 5pm on the 5th of the following month to: ContractorHSSInfo@hnzc.co.nz