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H&S Generalist career pathway launched

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HASANZ' new H&S Generalist career pathway initiative has been launched to support the industry to address the growing need for more H&S professionals.

New Zealand is experiencing a growing demand to find an extra two thousand health and safety professionals over the next ten years. We have responded proactively to this new scenario by developing guidance to support individuals, managers and recruiters to understand better the Health and Safety Generalist profession and industry, so we are all well prepared to fill the future gaps in the country.  

The H&S Generalist career pathway initiative started last year. It was led by Health and Safety Association of NZ (HASANZ), NZ Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) and the NZ Safety Council, which have worked collaboratively to create new resources to support New Zealanders to take a ‘second look’ at health and safety.

This month, we are launching the outcomes of this work which has been materialized in three guides aimed to a) attract and engage new individuals to the H&S industry; b) and to support recruiters and managers to recruit the human resources they need for their organisations.

Below, we invite you to explore the three main guidance documents of the H&S Generalist career pathway initiative: 

Health & Safety Generalist Pathway – this is an overview of the pathway, and supports people looking to start out, transfer to or expand an existing career in health and safety. Download here.

A Guide for Individuals - this is to support clarifying what a health and safety generalist does, and the core skills and attributes needed for individuals to be successful. It also clarifies what good looks like across different roles. Download here.

A Guide for Recruiters and Managers – this supports line managers with health and safety responsibilities, or health and safety teams; as well as those responsible for recruiting health and safety roles into an organisation. Download here.

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