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NZ Safety Council sets a Benchmark for Associate Safety professional and Registered Safety Professionals (ASP/RSP NZ)

Chair NZSC Registration Board

John Beattie MNZSC RSP (NZ) ASA

New Zealand business has a major problem when seeking to employ the services of an occupational safety & health [OHS] practitioner. Whether recruiting for a permanent staff member or seeking an OHS Consultant, where do seekers begin?
Is the potential OHS practitioner registered by any NZ professional body?
If not you should ask why not?

In 2004 the New Zealand Safety Council launched the Register of Safety Professionals [RSP]. 

We formulated a competency standard in conjunction with International OHS organisations because we believed that the NZ alternatives did not correctly identify the individual core OHS Practitioner competencies or have a rigorous enough selection process to fit the New Zealand business model.
To prepare the RSP Standard we researched globally and also used an ex-president of the American Society of Safety Engineers [ASSE] and a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia [SIA] as mentors.
We use a structure to guide our assessment of competence considering the INSHPO framework, AS/NZ and internationally recognised Standards for Safety and Risk Management.

Associate Safety Professional (ASP) or Registered Safety Professional( RSP)

We remind applicants that if they don’t have sufficient experience, demonstrated knowledge and/or relevant qualifications then we reserve the right to provide 6 grading outcomes. Our intention is also to work with the applicant to find alternate ways to demonstrate competency and experience, where this is achievable or appropriate.

1. Further information requested before grading can be completed (ASP or RSP)

2. Insufficient evidence to grade applicant as a safety practitioner (ASP) 

3. ASP grading awarded ( Insufficient evidence to grade applicant as a safety professional (RSP)

4. Registered Safety professional (RSP) grading awarded.

5. Further information requested from ASP / RSP before application for HASANZ Register can be completed

6. HASANZ Registration grading Practitioner or Professional awarded


 After application grading to ASP / RSP is achieved then the ASP / RSP can apply for HASANZ Registration at Practitioner / Professional as appropriate.

When you apply to be graded, your portfolio of evidence is comprehensively reviewed by our Registration Panel and is then checked by an Independent Registrar [a Professional Engineer, Global Exemplar Lead Quality and Safety Auditor and Trainer]
Applicants have a panel interview by current RSPs and this may also involve an OHS lawyer and an educator where there is further clarification of qualifications required.
We have a formal, annual cycle process of Continuing Professional Development [CPD] with an independently monitored moderation process.

If you do not meet the required standard we recognise you will need help so we have set up a an educational and mentoring panel with highly competent educators, three with Masters degrees, to advise on your future educational, competence and experience requirements. Further our RSP`s are required to provide mentoring to assist others` reach their career aspirations. On successful grading we issue an Annual Practising (wallet) Card.

Apply now to have your qualifications, competencies and experience as an H&S Professional endorsed by our Registration Board. Successful registration with NZSC will allow the applicant to apply for listing on the HASANZ register.

Please contact, John Beattie, to discuss becoming a RSP:


John Beattie MNZSC ASA RSP (NZ)

Chair NZSC Registration Board
Registered Safety Professional
OSH&E Advisor to the New Zealand Safety Council

RSPs have proven competency to:
Implement OSH Systems; Interpret and advise on OSH Laws; Identify workplace Hazards and Manage Risk; Identify and advise on Occupational Health issues; Collect OSH Data; Communicate OSH information; Investigate Accidents; Implement Emergency Response Systems; Carry out OSH Systems audits; Carry out OSH training.
Competence is defined as:
• the ability to complete a task to the required standard of performance under specific conditions
• generally, competence involves the effective and efficient application of knowledge, work skills, experience and personal attributes
• it must be measurable
A prospective RSP must be able to demonstrate the above combination of knowledge [academic qualifications] work skills, practical experience and personal attributes in all ten core competencies.

2017 RSP Standard Review
As Chair of the RSP Registration Board, in launching the updated RSP Standard, my introduction said:
“The New Zealand Safety Council is proud of the pioneering work we carried out in both formulating and improving the Registered Safety Professional (RSP) initiative that we introduced in 2004. Currently, our team of New Zealand’s highly experienced Safety Professionals, are employed on major projects in mining, quarrying, oil exploration, construction, manufacturing, chemical and service industries, throughout Australasia and the Pacific.
The 2017 RSP Registration Standard sets a new Benchmark Performance Standard for H&S Professionals to aim at and is without doubt the pre-eminent OSH Practitioner Standard in New Zealand. In line with the Government’s NZ Injury Prevention Strategy, the NZSC RSP Registration Process is a strategy to improve the standard of safety, health and environmental professionals in New Zealand.
Entry to the RSP Register gives formal public recognition to Health and Safety professionals in New Zealand who satisfy the Standard. In doing so all NZSC registration grades of RMC (Practitioner), ASP and ASP (Professionals) can apply to be listed on the HASANZ register.

John Beattie MNZSC ASA RSP (NZ)
Registrar of Professional Standards, NZSC