About Us


The New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) represents the interests of individual members who work in private or public sector organisations throughout New Zealand.

NZISM helps members to develop their skills and knowledge in workplace health and safety.  We determine professional standards for health and safety practitioners in New Zealand through our internationally aligned professional membership pathway and continual professional development programme.

NZISM objectives as outlined in our current constitution

  • To establish, maintain and promote excellence in occupational safety and health management in New Zealand.
  • To advance and maintain interest in occupational safety and health management by means of education and publicity.
  • To co-ordinate and liaise with other bodies and organisations in promoting the practice and profession of occupational safety and health management.
  • To encourage the recognition of the Institute’s involvement within occupational safety and health.
  • To promote professional recognition of NZISM as an authority in occupational safety and health matters in the workplace.
  • To promote ethical awareness and integrity through the Institute’s involvement in occupational safety and health issues.
  • To develop a criteria for professional development for health and safety professionals.
  • To be an integral part of the development and promotion of occupational safety and health auditor standards in New Zealand.
  • To research and develop occupational safety and health procedures and practices.

Our additional goals:

  • To be the definitive voice for health and safety in New Zealand
  • To represent and promote the voice of NZISM members amongst industry and Government
  • To engage and support health and safety practitioners in New Zealand and work to promote health and safety in their communities.
  • To advance high professional standards and provide assurance to industry through our professional membership and accreditation programme for health and safety practitioners.

Our partners and associations:

NZISM have agreements with other organisations to ensure that we are able to represent the voice of health and safety practitioners in a wide variety of forums. The information below outlines our current agreements. If you think that you could benefit or add value to NZISM please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

IOSH: Globally the largest OHS professional body – a larger, international equivalent of the NZISM. IOSH have branches or affiliations in the UK, Caribbean, Mauritius, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Middle East, Qatar, Oman, Ireland and Isle of Man. They are however represented by members in over 100 countries globally.

As a small organisation, we don’t have the resources to start everything from scratch – we are in the enviable position of being able to learn from those organisations that have gone through similar growth and development phases. IOSH is one of those. In particular, the benefits include:

  • · Use of MyIOSH/MyCPD database for members CPD recording
  • · Use of the IOSH professional accreditation pathway
  • · International recognition for the professional membership pathway – leveraging the experience of a larger international organisation

OB007 Risk Management Standards Committee: Joint Australia/New Zealand standards committee, OB007 for risk management. OB007 is working on several projects of interest to members. One project is the update of handbook HB 205 “Management of safety-related risk” to align it with AS/NZS 31000:2009 “Risk Management”. The original handbook was only published in Australia but should be joint. The other project is to update HB 254 “Governance and Risk”. It also needs updating to conform with AS/NZS ISO 31000 and to better represent governance aspects of risk. After Pike River this looks set to become a growth area of work for safety practitioners. Other projects include an update of the 2004 handbook, HB 436, “Risk Management Guidelines: a companion to AS/SNZ 4360:2004”.

NZSC: New Zealand Safety Council www.safetycouncil.org.nz A council set up to “promote Best Practice in Health and Safety Management and Environmental Protection in all aspects of New Zealand life”. Many health and safety practitioners in NZ are confused over the differences between the NZSC and the NZISM. We believe that choice is key – it keeps us honest and keeps us developing and improving for the benefit of our members, industry and the public. However, to ensure a united voice for all health and safety practitioners on key health and safety topics (to Government, Industry and the Public) we have partnered with the NZSC. At the end of the day, both organisations, and the members of both organisations have the same goal – the prevention of harm and promotion of health within New Zealand workplaces.

NZOHNA: New Zealand Occupational Health Nurses Association is the professional organisation for Nurses who are interested or involved in Occupational Health and Safety in Aotearoa-New Zealand. NOHNA members inlcude those working independently or in private and public sector organisations, as well as students and academics. NZOHNA supports its members to meet competency based goals required by the Nursing Council of New Zealand and statutory requirements of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act – HPCA Act 2003. Membership of NZOHNA offers education and information services, conferences and seminars, publications, representation at government and official levels, and networking opportunities to develop professional skills and knowledge in the practice of Occupational Health and Safety to the benefit of Aotearoa – New Zealand

OHSIG: Occupational Health and Safety Industry Group. A New Zealand collaboration of health and safety related professional bodies – to bring health and safety issues to Government Health and safety is a diverse field, and involves many disciplines. OHSIG brings together those disciplines in a formal way – to discuss and work together on key projects that impact each professional body that belongs. It is an opportunity for NZISM involvement in broader health and safety issues.

INSHPO: International Safety and Health Practitioners Organisations. International collaboration of professional health and safety organisations. This organisation recognises the artificial nature of international boundaries and seeks to work collaboratively in a global capacity to raise health and safety standards Belonging to an international body comprised of professional bodies helps us to learn from other countries and ensure an international perspective. With the porous nature of today’s international boundaries, and the multinationals that operate in and from New Zealand, having an international voice at the health and safety table is essential. INSHPO provides us with this opportunity.

Tony Rigg, National Manager