Agenda

8.30AM REGISTRATION & COFFEE
9.00AM Opening remarks from the Chair
Mike Cosman, Director, Cosman Parkes
9.10AM Case law update: fines, orders and reparation

The body of case law continues to build under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2016. In this session Kirsty McDonald highlights the key developments in the past 12 months, with particular consideration to fines, orders and reparation.

Kirsty McDonald, Partner, Duncan Cotterill
9.50AM Managing risk through intervention – the changing face of the health and safety regulator

WorkSafe has at its disposal a range of interventions, both regulatory and non-regulatory, to prevent, reduce and alleviate harm. Enforcement is one of the levers but are engagement and education more likely to become the norm in years to come? Simon Humphries from WorkSafe discusses what duty holders can expect when engaging with the regulator and the future direction of WorkSafe.

Simon Humphries, Head of Specialist Interventions, WorkSafe New Zealand and Garth Gallaway, Partner, Chapman Tripp
10.30AM Table talk
10.45AM MORNING TEA
11.05AM Panel discussion: Looking back – what lessons did we learn from COVID-19 that could improve health practice in 2021?

Moderator: Mike Cosman, Partner, Cosman Parkes

Panel: 
Simon Humphries, Head of Specialist Interventions, WorkSafe New Zealand
Kirsty McDonald, Partner, Duncan Cotterill
Brent Sutton, Principal, Safety Associates

11.55PM Work-related road safety – risks and controls

Representative from NZTA

12.35PM LUNCH
1.25PM Industrial manslaughter in Australia: No person deserves to die at work

In Australia the message is clear – putting lives at risk in the workplace will not be tolerated. From July 2020 industrial manslaughter became a criminal offence in Victoria and in Queensland the first industrial manslaughter sentence was handed down. This session considers the prospects of this coming to New Zealand – as well as the implications for PCBUs, directors and officers, and whether workplaces will be safer in the long run or simply more compliance oriented.

Sarah-Lee Stead, Special Counsel (Auckland and Christchurch) and
Greg Cain, Partner (Wellington), Dentons Kensington Swan

2.10PM Trans-Tasman battle – how are New Zealand and Australian regulators approaching officer prosecutions?

Who is an officer under the HSWA? Despite the publicity it attracted when the HSWA came into force in 2016, WorkSafe New Zealand has been slow to assess or enforce the personal due diligence duty on officers. In this session Grant Nicholson will review the approach taken in officer prosecutions to date, including Nino's Limited v Maritime NZ, and consider how this aligns with the more extensive catalogue of officer prosecutions taking place under similar legislation in Australia.

Grant Nicholson, Partner, Anthony Harper
2.50PM Table Talk
3.05PM AFTERNOON TEA
3.25PM Can project orders deliver innovation in safety?

The Fullers project order is one of the most comprehensive to be approved by the court as part of a sentence since the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 came into force. The project includes the development of a competency framework for learning teams and at the completion of the project all resources will be made available to the wider industry with a view to improving safety in the sector. In this session Brent Sutton discusses:

  • why Fullers decided to go down the project order route
  • how they found the experience
  • the role of learning teams in delivering innovation in maritime safety

Brent Sutton, Principal, Safety Associates
4.05PM Final remarks from the chair
Mike Cosman, Partner, Cosman Parkes
4.15PM Closing remarks from the chair and end of conference

Dates & Locations

Auckland:
20 October 2020, Cordis Hotel

Wellington:
21 October 2020, Intercontinental

Christchurch:
22 October 2020, Rydges Latimer

Livestream:
20 October 2020

Early bird conference*

$595 + GST (save $100)
*Early bird ends 8 September 2020

Early bird livestream*

$595 + GST (save $100)
*Early bird ends 8 September 2020

 

Questions

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