Unitec Institute of Technology has been awarded an Innovation Award for tertiary innovation and leadership in the Safest Place to Work Awards staged by Safe365 in Auckland last week.
Unitec was commended by the judging panel for “demonstrating outstanding leadership in challenging the status quo around health and safety”. It was one of seven organisations to receive an Innovation Award in recognition of a cultural shift towards a more measurable and accountable health and safety environment in the workplace.
Judges commended Unitec for being the first tertiary organisation to measure the relative health and safety performance of its business units, and establish it as the cornerstone of its overall strategy to drive business-wide improvement and performance in a transparent and measurable way.
This resulted in lifting its internal health and safety capability in parallel with that of its main contractors in the supply chain.
Mark Kidd, director of Safe365, said “Unitec has demonstrated ground-breaking innovation around health and safety in a tertiary environment, and in establishing best practice for other organisations to follow.”
Mary Johnston, Executive Director, People and Safety at Unitec, said, “We’re delighted to be recognised for our innovative practices at Unitec, and in raising the bar on health and safety processes and standards. The welfare and wellbeing of our wider Unitec community is of paramount importance to us, and we will continue to strive towards business-wide improvement and performance in this area.”
Photo shows: Mary Johnston, Executive Director People and Safety at Unitec; Tania Palmer, Transitional CEO of Rockgas, Contact Energy; Clint Hill, Director, Infrastructure Operations at Unitec
For more about the Safe365 Safest Place to Work Awards, see here: https://www.safe365.co.nz/sptw-awards/