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Housing New Zealand wins Innovation award at 2018 Safest Place to work

19 November 2018

Last week our Health, Safety and Security team was presented with the accolade in the 2018 Safest Place to Work Awards, run by Safe365.

L-R: Mike, Tarniya, Naomi and Andrew before the award

The awards, sponsored by TradeMe Jobs, aims to reward, celebrate and recognise organisations that have built an outstanding health and safety culture and capability.

Tarniya Comrie, Health Safety and Security Manager, says that she is really pleased to have received this award as it demonstrates the work that the team has put into creating effective partnerships with HSS contractors.

"Through better partnerships with contractors we have initiated a process of transparency in health and safety management with greater line of sight in our supply chain.

The Safe365 self assessment tool allows us to document our full safety management system then link to our contractors system and onto their sub-contractor systems. This doesn’t just allow us to have assurance of capability but it allows us to provide leadership, assistance and learning to our contract partners thereby growing the capability of all parties that work to deliver Housing New Zealand’s vision.

My philosophy of leadership is to ensure that whatever we can share and assist other organisations with, we should, health and safety doesn’t start and stop at our work site, supporting capability is important as our people will move to new roles or organisations, our customers may work in our work sites, our children will work in places we have the ability to influence positively, this is about a safe New Zealand not just a safe Housing New Zealand.

We are striving to continually improve and this award has highlighted one of the ways that we are showing an innovative approach to Health and Safety."

Safe365 awarded Housing New Zealand the Innovation Award due to the demonstration of proactive partnering between a public sector organisation and a private sector contractor. Together we looked at the contractor supply chain at multiple levels to understand and lift capability and culture for the benefit of everyone involved.

Safe365 believes this initiative will fundamentally influence the future in the way that principals will work with their contractors, and how contractors will work with sub-contractors and so on for the betterment of all parties involved in the supply chain.

The Health, Safety and Security team has trialled the use of the Safe 365 tool with a performance based maintenance contractor. As this initial programme of work develops we will be looking to support more contractors to engage in the programme.

Read more about the Safe365 awards

L-R: Naomi, Tarniya and Mike

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