Hawke’s Bay DHB Recognised Nationally for Health and Safety Leadership

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) has received recognition for its innovative health and safety leadership in the Safe365 Safest Places to Work national awards held recently. 

The DHB, one of four Hawke’s Bay workplaces singled out at the awards night for going above and beyond in its initiatives around health and safety in the workplace, was applauded for its leadership to ensure all on-site contractors followed its Safe365 health and safety assessment tool. 

Executive Director People and Quality, Kate Coley, said the health sector by its very nature was a challenging environment with many moving parts, and apart from a very clear focus on the care and safety for its patients and staff, there was also a critical need to ensure contractors and organisations coming onto its premises were capable and effective in getting their job done safely. 

“I am proud to say that HBDHB is the first DHB to offer this leadership by providing a safety tool that not only gives value to the contractor/organisation in a business friendly manner, but ensures our health and safety expectations are met at all times on site,” said Mrs Coley. 

Last year HBDHB undertook a pilot study to trial the Safe365 online assessment tool with a number of local organisations including Falcon Electrical, Higgins Ltd, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga and Turfrey Hawke’s Bay, because of the new requirements under Health and Safety legislation.  

“Introducing this tool gave us assurance that organisations we worked with had a positive culture and capability around health and safety, and it also provided a significant number of resources to help us all identify improvements in this space.” 

Mrs Coley said the tool worked well thanks to HBDHB health and safety advisor Christine Mildon’s oversight. 

“It was also great to see these local organisations recognised for their work and innovation in health and safety as finalists in the Safest Places to Work categories, with Turfrey Hawke’s Bay taking out the evening’s supreme award.” 

Mrs Coley said taking a health and safety leadership role lifted capability and culture that benefited everyone. 

“The Board and Executive Team has demonstrated courage and a willingness to take a different approach which had seen other DHBs subsequently follow our lead. 

“We are very proud of our achievements and will continue to prioritise our focus on health and safety within our DHB and celebrate this success.” 

To see a full list of the award winners, click here https://www.safe365.co.nz/news/2018-safest-place-to-work-awards-announced/ 

Pictured: Awards night recipients (HBDHB's Kate Coley, centre)

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