• 2019-10-25 14:52 | Daniel Muller (Administrator)

    Shelley Stromdale, is the manager of the new Safer Complex Systems programme at the Royal Academy of Engineering. Through this programme, the Academy has launched three opportunities to determine the regions and activities that will receive funding to increase the safety of complex systems globally.

    She wants to hear from all countries, the full breadth of engineering, all sectors and organisation types. She particularly encouragesresponses from women and other underrepresented groups in engineering.

    1. International Call for Ideas

    Do you know of a complex system with safety risks? What are the key safety challenges? Which activities should the Academy fund to increase safety within these complex systems? This survey is an opportunity for people anywhere in the world to influence the scope and strategy of the Safer Complex Systems programme: your responses will help determine what activities we fund and where. From humanitarianism, health, food supply and cybersecurity, to voting systems, climate change, AI and machine learning, we are interested in the safety of all complex systems at this early stage, so all ideas are most welcome.

    Please note that this programme is able to fund a broad range of activities as long as they increase the safety of complex systems (e.g. research (not PhD), public engagement campaigns, training, knowledge dissemination, new regulation, engineering innovation) there are lots of possibilities so I would encourage you to think as broadly as possible. Wherever possible try to emphasise how your suggestions or work will translate into practice to make a real, tangible difference to improving people’s lives.

    2. Invitation to Tender: Global Foresight Review on the Safety of Complex Systems

    The Academy and Lloyd’s Register Foundation are seeking to commission a report(s) to generate clear priorities for a grant funding programme to increase the safety of complex systems globally.

    The report(s) must meet one or more of the below objectives:

    • To develop conceptual clarity on ‘safety’ and ‘complex systems’ and to develop a common way to communicate about the safety of complex systems across sectors and between different levels of expertise globally;
    • To develop understanding of the existing methods available for the design, management and governance of complex systems (including those developed in academia that have not yet been implemented);
    • To outline emerging challenges and opportunities with significant disruptive potential (negative or positive) with regards to the safety of complex systems.

    We welcome submissions from UK and non-UK organisations. Indicative budget: £100,000 - £150,000. Deadline for submissions: 21 October 2019 – if required, please contact to discuss a possible short extension.

    3. Call for Case Studies (Call for Abstracts - Deadline 11 November 2019)

    The Academy have launched this Call for Case Studies to gather tangible case studies from all over the world that demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to the design, management and governance of complex systems. These case studies will support the global community to learn from one another, to improve practices, and to increase safety in complex systems globally. We will publish these case studies in a free, online library to enable widespread dissemination of good practice from successful systems and lessons learned following systems failure. The Academy is asking Academia and Industry to help develop these case studies.

    From the submitted Abstracts, the Academy will select the case studies they believe will be most helpful to a diverse, global community. If required, the Academy will provide funding to develop the Abstract into a full piece of research, to produce a full case study. The Academy will publish the final case studies both online and offline. There may also be opportunities to develop the case studies into creative resources (e.g. films, animations, media articles, interactive tools, and/or documentaries) to better inform members of the public on the issues raised.

    Please contact  if you have any general thoughts or comments about the programme or if you would like any more information.

  • 2019-10-14 13:36 | Daniel Muller (Administrator)

    WORKSAFE is looking for a Manager to esablish a Health & Safety by Design function. Applications close 24 October 2019.

    Manager Health & Safety by Design

    Job Description

    • Brand new management position with the potential to build your team
    • Build key relationships within WorkSafe and across a range of industries in New Zealand
    • Great benefits including free life, trauma and income protection insurances

    Our Health and Technical Services team are looking to appoint a Manager Health and Safety by Design to establish our health and safety by design function and provide strategic and operational leadership within WorkSafe and across New Zealand industries. This role could be based in Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch.

    Reporting to the Head of Health and Technical Services, the Manager Health and Safety by Design will lead and ensure the delivery of high quality and consistent health and safety by design principles and services across New Zealand.

    Working closely with a range of stakeholders within WorkSafe and across industry, you'll deliver health and safety by design activities and, where required, support subsequent enforcement actions. You'll also contribute to the development of operational policy, process and practice to improve the health and safety by design culture in New Zealand.

    To be successful in this role, you'll have a good understanding of the key design industries, such as architect design firms, large scale manufacturers or construction companies.

    You may be an architect, designer or engineer. Alternatively, you may come from a policy background and have the ability to bring people together.

    You'll also bring to the role:

    • The ability to build strong connections and influence across industries
    • Expert knowledge of health and safety by design/prevention through design
    • The ability to lead successful and high performing technical teams
    • A post-graduate qualification in a field such as design, occupational health and safety, engineering, architecture etc, or extensive and comparable experience
    • Regulatory experience is also desired but not mandatory

    Benefits at WorkSafe

    WorkSafe offer a range of benefits, including life, trauma and income protection insurance packages, discounts on health insurance and eye care and learning and development opportunities.

    About WorkSafe

    WorkSafe New Zealand, Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa, is the primary workplace health and safety regulator – our vision is that everyone who goes to work comes home healthy and safe.  Alongside other regulators we lead New Zealand to achieve healthy and safe workplaces through engagement, education and enforcement.

    About our Health and Technical Services team

    The Health and Technical Services team consists of experts from a range of specialities, including asbestos, hazardous substances, work-related health, engineering, permitting, and more. The team are continuing to grow and expand, with key roles in psychosocial harm and work related also being recruited for.

    Applications close on Thursday 24th October 2019.

    For further information please contact with any queries.

    To find out more about WorkSafe New Zealand go to

  • 2019-09-22 22:53 | Daniel Muller (Administrator)

    Dr Dirk Pons of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, and member of our executive committee, recently published the following article: Alignment of the Safety Assessment Method with New Zealand Legislative Responsibilities


    Need—National legislative health and safety (H&S) frameworks impose requirements but grant self-management to organisations. Consequently variability arises in management systems, and some organisations struggle to achieve successful implementation. The risk assessment process is key to the H&S management system, and could benefit from greater consistency and better external alignment with the legislative framework of the jurisdiction.

    Approach—The harm categories in the New Zealand (NZ) Act were adapted into a consequence scale. A non-linear scale was developed for the consequence axis to represent the disproportional nature of catastrophic harm outcomes compared to minor injuries. A hazard assessment process was devised based on systems engineering methods. Organisational decision-criteria were derived from the communications requirement in the Act, and these thresholds linked to expected treatments.

    Originality—A method is providing for aligning risk assessments with a national legislative framework, and integrating the technical aspects of risk assessment with the management processes. The approach also more explicitly includes recovery actions in contrast to existing methods where prevention dominates. Regarding the management aspects, it shows how thresholds may be defined relative to the legislation, to give clear expectations regarding treatment and internal communication, thereby assisting executives (‘officers’ in terms of the NZ Act) meet their duties.

    This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

  • 2019-09-18 11:19 | Anonymous

    I have a PhD student who is interested in combining PLANT SIMULATION with SAFETY ENGINEERING. If you have suggestions for topics or firms that might be interested in learning more, please get in touch.

    Dirk Pons


    Zichong Lyu

    Plant simulation is software modelling that creates a digital model of manufacturing/transport. It mathematically represents machines and humans, and includes variability in processes to determine production statistics.  See

  • 2019-07-16 19:20 | Daniel Muller (Administrator)

    MBIE is reviewing some of the regulations that sit under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

    Here is a link to their OVERVIEW - Implementing the HSWA 2015 - Better-regulation plant structures and working at heights

    The full paper is accessible here: Disscussion paper on options to improve regulations for work involving plant, structures, heights and excavations.

    We have been invited to work with MBIE and to  provide our views on their proposals.

    Members, please log in to this web-site and join the discussion on our members-only forum. 

  • 2019-07-03 18:50 | Daniel Muller (Administrator)

    Product Recalls just posted a recall for the following gas safety valve:

    Supplied by Combustion Control from November 2014 to March 2019.

    Manufactured by Elster GmbH

    Please click the link for detail:

  • 2019-06-24 22:17 | Daniel Muller (Administrator)

    Last week we hosted an event in colaboration with the University of Canterbury, prsented by Dr Dirk Pons (Associate Professor, CPEng, FEngNZ) on the Systems engineering failure with the Boeing 737 Max. 

    Here is a link to the voice annotated PowerPoint Slide show presentation: Boeing 737 Max presentation E2C _with voiceover.ppsx  (It is a 74MB file, so it takes a while to open. Please be patient.)

    If you do not have Powerpoint on your computer, please click here: View a presentation without PowerPoint

  • 2019-06-10 11:19 | Daniel Muller (Administrator)

    We have been invited to the New Zealand Tunnelling Society/WORKSAFE Event

    • Thursday 20 June 2019
    • 5:30 – 7:00pm
    • The Bluestone Room
    • 9 – 11 Durham Lane
    • Auckland CBD

    Click to see NZTS Flyer HHU _ CPD Update 2019-06-20_Rev1.pdf

  • 2019-05-24 10:16 | Daniel Muller (Administrator)

    This safety alert by Worksafe highlights the serious health and safety risks of exposure to high levels of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in the stone benchtop manufacturing industry.

    Follow this link to WORKSAFE's Safety Alert: Accelerated silicosis

  • 2019-05-03 10:08 | Daniel Muller (Administrator)

    From Worksafe's Media Release dated 1 May 2019:

    "A scaffolding company has been fined $150,000 after a poorly designed scaffold collapsed while seven people were working on it.

    Affordable Scaffolding (2010) Limited was sentenced at the Auckland District Court last month following the February 2017 incident involving a scaffold erected under the Panmure Bridge in Auckland. The scaffold collapsed while seven workers were completing maintenance work on the bridge. Six workers fell into the water and another was trapped on the scaffolding. No-one was seriously injured.

    A WorkSafe investigation found the collapse occurred due to overloading. It found Affordable Scaffolding (2010) Limited failed to ensure scaffolding was designed safely and load calculations and design drawings were not reviewed by an engineer prior to the scaffold being built."

    Se the full media release here:

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