By NZHJ May 31, 2018 Work Safety

Construction Health & Safety NZ (CHASNZ) is a new charitable trust which will supersede the six year-old Construction Safety Council and take over ownership and expand the reach of the ConstructSafe safety competency assessment programme.

The CHASNZ Board looks like a who’s who of senior industry leaders and at face value delivers a very broad cross section of sectors in construction – from WorkSafe to constructors, sub-trades and clients – and will be led by an Independent Chairman, Roger McRae (former MD of McConnell Dowell).

The purpose of CHASNZ is “to provide a single voice on health and safety in the construction industry”.

Led by Jon Harper-Slade (previously GM of the Construction Safety Council) as Acting Chief Executive, CHASNZ plans to create a small executive team to work with businesses and industry groups, through the establishment of Task and Advisory Groups.

Construction “is a very complex sector with lots of component parts from a health & safety leadership point of view – we want to provide cohesive leadership to try and help make things better,” says Jon Harper-Slade.

“Health & safety doesn’t need to be complicated,” he says firmly. “It’s our job to fix that.”

The Acting CEO will also continue to lead the ConstructSafe scheme, which is about to launch four further tiers to its competency tests. 

Worksafe has more on CHASNZ here and look out for more information in our June magazine's safety feature!

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