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NZSA security update – mandated workplace vaccinations

New legislation is coming in at the end of November to mandate vaccinations for workers at businesses where customers need to show Covid-19 vaccination certificates.

For other businesses, a new process will be created later this year about how to assess if work needs to be carried out by a vaccinated worker. In the meantime:

  • encourage staff to check their vaccination records on My Covid Record.
  • see guidance on how to make an interim risk assessment under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

For interim guidance see the WorkSafe website.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require assistance.

Stay safe and keep well.

The NZSA team.

NZSA Security Industry Newsletter – November 2021

CEO Report

Welcome to our November 2021 newsletter and I trust that you are keeping safe and well.

I opened my commentary in our last Newsletter with the comment “Isn’t it amazing how quickly everything can change”.

After ten weeks of lock-down I imagine most of us (and particularly those living in the Auckland region) are now craving the opportunity for change and to start returning our lives to some degree of normality.

The government has recently released details on the new traffic light system that is expected to come into place once 90% of eligible New Zealanders are fully vaccinated (i.e. 90% of New Zealanders 12 years or older have received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine). The 90%target applies to each DHB and the country will move into the new traffic light system when each DHB has 90% of its population with both doses of the vaccine.

Whilst this at least provides a pathway for moving forward it does need to be noted there is considerable doubt around the ability of some regions to achieve the 90% target and the governments track record on delivery is not exactly great!

Putting that aside, lets’ hope for a positive outcome and that this will provide us with the ability to start planning for Christmas and the New Year with some certainty.

 

Vaccination certificate
The landscape around mandatory vaccinations is complex and moving rapidly. The government has now announced that the scope for mandatory vaccinations within workplaces will be extended further than what is currently in place.

Businesses that require customers to show a Vaccination Certificate, will also need to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated. The industries that this applies to at this stage are close contact businesses, gyms, hospitality, gatherings (weddings/funerals etc), indoor and outdoor events.

Whilst it appears unlikely that the security sector will be specifically mandated in the near future, our interface with those sectors that are covered by mandatory vaccination means that increasingly employers will need to ensure that staff working at these sites/customers will need to be fully vaccinated.

We will continue to provide guidance on this over the coming weeks.

 

Mental health
Covid-19 has had a significant impact on how we interact with others, go about our lives, our work, study and many other aspects of our lives. We know that a combination of stress and uncertainty can have significant and wide-reaching impacts on the mental wellbeing of people in New Zealand.

It is important that people know that it is normal to not feel all right at this time – it is understandable that people will be feeling sad, distressed, worried, confused, anxious or angry during this crisis. Everyone reacts differently to difficult events, and some may find this time more challenging than others. The ways people think, feel and behave are also likely to change over time and we all have good days and bad days.

The NZSA has regularly promoted mental wellbeing tools and resources to assist our members but for further information refer to the website.

 

NZ Security Awards
After Covid-19 again played havoc with the planned Annual Security Awards event scheduled for late August, it was fantastic that we were quickly able to transform into an Awards Week event utilising a range of media platforms that ensured both a timely delivery and wide accessibility and coverage.

Our congratulations to the very deserving award category winners and special recognition to Marishka Wallace, winner of the Ian Dick Memorial Award for Security Professional of the Year.

For those who haven’t viewed the awards, access is still available via the NZSA website.

 

Proposed change to Schedule 6A
Earlier this year legislation was enacted recognising some security staff as vulnerable workers and with it, the obligation to consult with employees when there is a change of provider or delivery is taken in-house.

From our information the new processes have by and large been implemented with minimal confusion or disruption however it has become apparent that the inclusion of Patrol Officers and Cash-In-Transit Officers within the coverage is somewhat problematic given that their normal duties may involve servicing multiple customers.

Technically this means that every time a patrol customer or CIT cancels with one provider and moves to another, the affected employee must be consulted with and given the option of transferring – even if the customer service requires say a five-minute attendance as part of a twelve-hour patrol run. Obviously, this is operationally and financially unviable.

We have discussed this matter with Etu and they are in agreement that this falls outside of the intended coverage for vulnerable workers.

 

We are in the process of preparing a joint submission to MBIE proposing a change to the regulations supporting the legislation where a minimum threshold will apply before the obligation to consult is triggered – suggested at 25% of duration of the shift.

We will keep members posted on this but also welcome any feedback on any other issues being identified.

 

MBIE submission re minimum wage
We recently distributed a questionnaire provided by MBIE as part of the consultation process on future movements in the Minimum Wage.

Whilst only a few responses were received, we have consolidated the feedback into our industry submission.

Our focus was very much around the limited ability of some industry sectors (such as Hospitality) to absorb and even survive any further increases and the importance of certainty and clarity in the determination of future increases.

 

VR training platform and webinars
We are pleased to advise that the delivery of training utilising the SkillsVR E-Learning and VR Training Platform will be facilitated by Ben Kingi of POP Training (a registered PTE).

The platform provides a further option for the delivery of the CoA training (unit standards 27360, 27361 and 27364) with the benefit of being cost effective and readily accessible for those who do not have inhouse or locally based training options. This is particularly relevant during lockdown situations as employees can still access the mandatory training, unlike traditional classroom based training. For more information contact Ben Kingi on [email protected].

We have also launched a package of Webinars utilising the VR scenarios as an option for pre-employment screening and refresher training – details will be announced soon.

 

Conflict management Train the Trainer and Refresher training
As part of their industry role, Skills has overseen and managed the approval process for trainers delivering the CoA Mandatory Training and facilitation of Train the Trainer and Refresher Training programmes.

With the transition of the Standard Setting Body (SSB) functions of Industry Training Organisations (ITO’s) such as Skills into the Work Development Councils (WDC’s) over coming months there remains a high degree of uncertainty as to where the responsibility for functions such as this will sit.

Given the critical nature of the Conflict Management training and the necessity for training continuity, the NZSA as the peak body representing the security industry and with support of the Security Training Special Interest Group, will exclusively deliver the Train the Trainer and Refresher Training programmes.

We recently conducted an RFP to select suitably experienced and qualified trainers to deliver the Train the Trainer and Refresher Training and are pleased to advise that we have appointed two providers – Hard Target (Quinton Swanson) and Risq (Ngaire Kelaher and Mac Te Haara).

We are currently developing a training calendar for next year and will communicate this shortly with those needing to complete the Refresher Training or have registered interest in the Train the Trainer programme. However we would encourage anyone interested in undertaking this training to contact Andrea Charlton on [email protected] and register your interest.

Training details will also be detailed on our website www.security.org.nz

 

Electronic Security Special Interest Group
Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) play a key role in ensuring the NZSA’s relevancy across a range of industry sectors and issues, particularly where we may not have a lot of in-house institutional knowledge (in other words where my skills and knowledge are somewhat limited!).

The SIG’s are made up of a group of volunteers with skills, knowledge and expertise specific to an industry sector or segment and with a strong interest in lifting standards and performance within that sector. Normally SIG members are employed by NZSA members however this is not restrictive and participants from other interested parties (such as academia, customers and government agencies) are also welcomed and can provide specific expertise.

We are currently in the process of establishing an Electronic Security SIG and whilst the key focus areas will be determined by the group once it is in place, they are likely to include compliance matters, industry training (including recognition of prior learning) and creating and promoting career pathway opportunities that attract and retain quality workers to the industry.

Participation is not overly onerous with a meeting bi-monthly (currently via zoom) and communication via circulated emails.

If you are interested in being involved on the Electronic Security SIG please contact Gary on [email protected].

 

Audits – Accredited Members
An NZSA Accredited Member is one who has been audited to see if they adhere to the Codes of Practice which apply within their respective industry sector, and that they comply with the NZSA Rules, Bylaws and Code of Ethics. Once they have been found to meet or exceed these requirements, they are provided with a Certificate stating this and listed on the NZSA website as an Accredited Member.

This gives the company an added point of difference that they may use in promoting their business. It gives confidence to the person or organisation who is interested in using their services. The audit also provides guidance on how the business can achieve further improvements and enhancements to the way they operate.

Audit compliance is valid for five years, subject to the submission of an annual declaration advising of any material change to the business operations.

Whilst the audit programme has been hampered since lockdown, we are happy to discuss the process with members and to pencil in dates for 2022.

More information can be found on our website or contact Gary to discuss on [email protected].

 

NZSA AGM and Annual Report
We have deferred this years AGM to the 7th December in the hope of being able to hold a face to face event – details are provided later in this newsletter.

Should lockdown restrictions make holding a face-to-face meeting impossible, we will revert to a virtual format and communicate this to members well in advance.

 

Building Networks member benefit programme
We are pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement with Building Networks where NZSA members will receive a 20% discount on services and programmes provided by Building Networks.

Building Networks are New Zealand’s leading authority on building and fire compliance and can help you and your people understand, know and apply the rules.

For further information please refer to the Member Benefit section within this newsletter.

 

Company licence renewals
With the original licensing requirement for individual and company licenses introduced in 2011 and a five yearly renewal process, there is a large number of licences that require renewal during the current year. Whilst the PSPLA have a notification system in place, this is based on the email addresses that they hold on file and should not be relied upon as those records are often out of date.

We recommend that members check on their licence status and put in place a reminder process for at least three months prior to the expiry date. Members should also note that if they fail to renew their licence within the specified dates, they will be required to undertake a new licence application.

As always, we welcome all comments and feedback on NZSA or industry issues and activity.

Keep safe and well.

Gary Morrison
CEO

 

Keeping your team up to date

Like many organisations we are constantly looking for ways to ensure we can communicate effectively with our members and their teams. The best way to stay up to date on NZSA and industry news is via our newsletter. The more people from each company who receive our newsletter, the higher the chance of updates being communicated within the industry.

With this in mind, we welcome you to send us any company contacts who would like to receive our newsletter and we will add them to our distribution list.

Please email any contacts to [email protected].

 

NZSA member referral – strength in numbers

NZSA’s membership has grown strongly over the past year and each new member not only strengthens the Association and the security community, it also enables us to provide you with more benefits and services and a greater voice for the industry. So help grow your community and strengthen your Association by referring a prospective new member.

To refer a prospective member please email details to [email protected]. For details on member benefits please see the NZSA website.

 

Face masks available

The NZSA has obtained from the Ministry of Health face masks from government stocks. These masks are Ministry of Health approved for essential services. The masks are available to order in boxes of 50 and the cost is $37.50 + gst per box ($0.75 per unit) for members and $50 + gst per box for non-members.

If you would like to place an order can you please email us at [email protected] with your requirements.

 

Member Benefits

Building Networks Compliance Guidance

The NZSA are pleased to introduce a new member benefit. Building Networks are the leading authority on building compliance and they are offering a 20% discount for members: Building Networks website

For industry news, updates, tips and opinions from the frontline, sign up to the Building Networks newsletter or visit their YouTube channel.

 

First Aid and Refresher Training

The NZSA are pleased to introduce a new first aid member benefit. Life Care Consultants have extensive experience with first aid training in the security industry and are offering NZSA members a 10% discount on all first aid and refresher training.

For further information please email Russell Taylor [email protected].

 

Mobilcard – special member offer – 14c per litre off the pump price – 1 November 2021 to 31 January 2022

After the 3 months the discount will revert to the normal 12c per litre discount rate.

Mobilcard are extending a special offer to NZSA members for a period of 3 months – 1 November 2021 to 31 January 2022. Please note this offer applies to all NZSA members who currently receive the 12c per litre Mobilcard discount and all new Mobilcard applicants.

If you sign up with Mobilcard during this period you will receive the following discounts during the promotional period:

  • 14c incl gst per litre off the pump price on petrol
  • 14c incl gst per litre off the pump price on diesel
  • no card fees
  • no transaction fees

Please note that members who currently have Mobilcards through the NZSA will be entitled to the same discounts for the 3 month period and members with a higher volume discount will not be impacted.

Key Benefits:

  • Available at 330+ sites nationwide. See the Mobilcard website to find a site near you.
  • No need to manage receipts for tax purposes, all managed under one account.
  • Costs can be tracked easily with one monthly invoice. You can also have online access to multiple reports including the fuel consumed by individual vehicles.
  • PIN number and purchase restrictions for added security.
  • You must be a NZSA member to qualify for this offer.

For further information please email Mobilcard Business Manager, Matthew John at [email protected].

 

simPRO

simPRO is a leading operations management solution for service, maintenance and project contractors. Connect the office to the field, delivery exceptional customer service and gain invaluable insights with automated processes, streamlined workflows and in-depth business reporting.

NZSA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount on initial implementation costs of simPRO and for the month of November two months free!

For further information visit the simPRO website.

 

NZSA Speak Up Line

The NZSA Speak Up Line is free to members and provides access to a confidential service where staff can report issues such as bullying, sexual harassment, poor employment conditions, illegal practices such as theft or drug dealing and other matters of concern that may be occurring in the workplace and not being reported.

Phone                 0800 775 775

Online reports     www.integrityline-nz.org/nzsa

The NZSA will provide posters, business-sized card to go into wallets, stickers and introductory letters for your staff. They are designed for members to include their own corporate branding prior to distribution.

The service is particularly valuable where employees may be reluctant to speak up or report matters due to fears that by doing so it may affect their employment or risk further victimisation.

It is also important to note that such services meet government procurement requirements around providing a voice for staff.

This service is provided by Crimestoppers who obviously have considerable experience in handling sensitive calls in a confidential manner. They log the calls or online reports and forward to the NZSA for further investigation if required. The staff member can remain anonymous if they wish to do so.

Register for the NZSA Speak Up Line by emailing [email protected]. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

NZSA HR Advisory Service

NZSA is partnered with Sucess HR to provide access to free HR advice as well as templated key documents and policies.

This is a fantastic offering for our members and their management staff, in particular those smaller companies who do not have access to in-house or contracted HR expertise. Please share this with your line managers, supervisors and staff who may have a need for this great HR service.

Services and documents available include:

  • HR advice and guidance
  • Employment Agreements: permanent, fixed term, casual
  • Position Descriptions
  • Policy Documents
  • Updates on legislation and
  • best practice

For members requiring NZSA HR Advisory services please contact: [email protected] or 021 918 331

 

What is a healthy workplace – an NZSA HR Advisory Service update

What is a healthy workplace?

Investing in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of your workforce creates a healthy workplace and is simply good business.

A healthy workplace is one where making the healthy choice is the easy choice. It works with its team to ensure all aspects of its operations are not harmful. It helps its people be as healthy and strong as they can be.

For further information please see the SuccessHR blog.

If you have any workplace questions, the NZSA HR Advisory service can assist.

Phone:     021 918 331

Email:       [email protected]

 

Membership

We welcome the following new Corporate Member:

Camcorp Enterprises Ltd trading as Tyr SecOps

 

and the following new Associate Individual Member:

Stephen McCarthy

 

Events

NZSA Annual General Meeting 2021

This year’s AGM will be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron at 8.15am on Tuesday 7 December 2021. Notification will be sent  to members this week.

 

NZISF breakfast meeting

Topic:  Certification showdown – a comparison of three popular security frameworks and how they differ

You’ve no doubt heard about or have experience with common security frameworks such as ISO 27001, SOC2 and PCI DSS – but how do they all work and what are the differences?

Phil Howie takes a deeper look into these frameworks that are common in the tech industry (and beyond) and what each entails, how they came about and what to consider when approaching them.

After this presentation, you will have a high-level understanding of each framework, its various strengths and weaknesses and just enough information to be dangerous!

When: 8:00am Thursday 11 November 2021 via zoom

For further information and to register please see the NZSA website.

 

NZSA security update

 

The government has provided the following update for business:

 

About the new Covid Protection Framework

The new Covid Protection Framework (CPF) will support us to keep people safe and minimise the impacts Covid-19 has on businesses and our day-to-day lives. It provides guidance on how we will control any outbreaks, while allowing a high degree of personal freedom and a return to more usual economic and social activity. It will provide clarity, enable more activity, and help us all to plan ahead.

When we have reached the 90% vaccination target, the current Alert Level system will be replaced by the new framework.

The framework has three levels:

  • Green is when there is some Covid-19 in the community.
  • Orange will be used to control spread at low levels when it is present in the community.
  • Red will be used to actively bring case numbers down if needed.

Different parts of the country may be at different levels. We can move up and down the levels. Across all levels, there can be targeted local lockdowns to help stop very localised spread.

A highly vaccinated population allows us to open up domestically. Recognising the protections vaccination offers us, at all levels of the CPF vaccinated people will have greater freedoms than those who aren’t vaccinated. In many cases, this might mean people will need to provide vaccination certificates to enter businesses or attend events, or even to travel between regions. At all levels of the new framework, businesses, retail, public facilities and schools will generally be able to remain open for vaccinated people.

The CPF will allow us to open up internationally. It is the next step on the pathway to reopening our borders and reconnecting people and businesses with the world, as high vaccination levels mean we will not have to rely so much on a tight border to keep cases out. People will be able to isolate at their home or accommodation, reducing our need to rely on MIQ.

We won’t move to the CPF until it is sufficiently safe to do so, until we’re sure our vulnerable communities aren’t put at risk, and until we are ready. We will stick with the current Alert Levels until then and continue to do the preparation work necessary for this change.

Work is underway to develop detailed information about CPF. Cabinet will review vaccination progress on 29 November and further announcements will follow.

For further information please see the Covid-19 website or MBIE website.

 

 

Business Support package

The Government will boost payments to businesses affected by higher alert levels as the country transitions to the new Covid-19 Protection Framework.

Ministers have agreed to significantly boost the Resurgence Support Payment (RSP). After the next scheduled payment on 29 October, we will move to fortnightly payments at double the current rate. The enhanced support will first be paid on 12 November and fortnightly thereafter until Auckland is able to move into the new framework.

Currently the RSP is paid at a base rate of $1,500 per eligible business and $400 for each full-time employee up to a total of $21,500.

For the payments starting on 12 November this will be $3,000 per business and $800 per FTE, up to 50 FTEs. This will make the maximum fortnightly payment $43,000.

The enhanced RSP will be available until Auckland moves into the new framework. The Wage Subsidy will continue to be available on the current criteria while areas of the country are still in Alert Level 3.

Because businesses will be able to operate at all levels of the framework, the wage subsidy and the RSP will be reworked to a new targeted payment at the RED level of the new framework.

In addition, Ministers have agreed in principle that there will be a transition payment made available to support businesses when they move into the new framework. Ministers have agreed a $60 million package for business advice and mental health support will be made available to help Auckland businesses through this transition period. Businesses will be able to apply for up to $3,000 worth of advice and planning support, and then receive up to $4,000 to implement that advice through the established Regional Business Partners programme. As part of the package, $10 million is available for mental health and wellbeing support through a programme to be designed with the EMA and Auckland Business Chamber of Commerce.

Final details of the support to be provided under the new framework will be agreed in November.

 

Covid Vaccination Certificates (CVC)

Later this year everyone in New Zealand will be able to access a scannable QR code as proof of vaccination and Covid-19 test results. The use of vaccination certificates in a domestic setting provides businesses/organisations with more certainty around when they can operate at the different framework settings and whether there are capacity restrictions.

People may be required to show proof of vaccine in a range of public settings such as events, hospitality, retail, community, sport, and faith-based gatherings.  Businesses, events, organisations, community, and a range of sectors may legally implement a vaccination entry requirement for customers.

Everyone must be able to have access to essential services like supermarkets, pharmacies, health services, food banks and petrol stations without having to show proof of vaccine status. There are options in place for people who do not have a smartphone or access to a computer.

There are very few people that are unable to get a vaccine due to medical grounds. An exemption process is in place for these people to obtain certification. For children under the age of 12, there is no requirement to show proof of vaccination.

Should a business/organisation not wish to request proof of vaccine, they will have to operate with strict limits on capacity and space requirements. They may need to close in Orange and/or Red levels.

Detailed guidance is being developed for a range of sectors and we are engaging with them closely on the requirements within the framework, as well as verification of vaccines.

 

Workforce vaccination

We are actively considering how the framework will affect vaccination requirements for workers.

Generally, a worker does not need to disclose their vaccination status to a business if it isn’t directly required for their work. If work cannot be done by an unvaccinated worker, a business can ask the worker about their vaccination status. If the worker does not disclose (or provide evidence about) their vaccination status, the business may assume the worker has not been vaccinated for the purposes of managing health and safety risks. However, businesses should first inform workers of this assumption, and what will happen if the worker is not vaccinated or does not disclose their vaccination status.

Employees cannot be redeployed or disadvantaged for refusing to disclose their vaccination status.

Some workforces have mandates which mean employees must be vaccinated. The education sector, including early learning teachers and support staff at education facilities, are required to be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. This does not yet include the tertiary sector. It’s important for teachers and staff to be vaccinated as it provides further protection for our tamariki, particularly those that are unable to be vaccinated (under 12 years of age).

High-risk workers in the health and disability sector must be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021 and receive their first dose by 30 October 2021.

Border workers, including maritime border and MIQ staff, are also required to be vaccinated and were the initial cohort in the vaccination rollout.

Corrections now require all prison staff, including health staff, and psychologists in prisons and in the community, to be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021.

 

Next steps

Late-October
Further detail on implementation of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates, including any primary legislation to enable anticipated use.

 

Mid-November
Further detail developed on progress for the transition plan for Auckland and the rest of New Zealand.

 

Throughout November
Further advice developed on new testing, tracing and isolation strategies.

Further advice developed on potential new approach to economic supports.

Further work on a revised approach to welfare and community-based supports.

 

Ongoing
Work continues in operational readiness for a switch to the new approach and its new implementation.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require assistance.

Stay safe and keep well.

The NZSA team.

NZSA Security update – Fraudulent use of personal/company details

We have been advised by an NZSA member that they have been the subject of fraudulent activity.

The perpetrators have used the names of both the company and company owner, along with bogus gmail email addresses designed to look like the genuine ones, in an attempt to obtain credit from several different suppliers. Information provided also included other companies as referee’s.

Police are conducting investigations but advise they are aware of other companies being similarly targeted and suspect it may be wide-spread.

We recommend additional caution around verification/validation of supplier invoices and that policy should prevent the provision of unsolicited requests for company reference checks.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require assistance.

Stay safe and keep well.

The NZSA team.

NZSA HR Advisory update – vaccinations & mask exemption cards

We appreciate that business owners and managers are faced with a difficult and continually evolving situation with Covid. There is often a divergence between customer expectations and the need for compliance with Health and Safety, Privacy and Employment legislation.

Success Group, providers for our HR Advisory Service, have provided guidance to some commonly asked questions below. Please note that this is general advice and should not be relied upon or taken to be legal advice for specific situations.

Vaccination Questions

1: Can I require certain roles to be carried out by vaccinated workers? POTENTIALLY – do risk assessment now
Some roles are covered by government Orders, which make it mandatory for particular roles to only be carried out by vaccinated people. New Zealand can expect more industries to be covered by mandatory Orders in the future.

For all other employers, you should undertake health and safety risk assessments of particular roles now to determine:

  • The likelihood of the employees/colleagues/members of the public being exposed to a risk, and how is the risk determined between a vaccinated worker and an unvaccinated worker while performing a role, and the potential consequences of that risk on others (e.g. community spread).

To decide that the work is high risk and therefore needs vaccination for health and safety reasons, businesses must first assess their Covid-19 exposure risk. This applies to work done by all workers, whether employees or independent contractors.

Businesses must involve workers, unions and other representatives in the risk assessment process, and when deciding how to eliminate/minimise risks. Businesses should consider whether other public health measures (eg physical distancing, PPE usage) can minimise the risk of exposure and transmission of Covid-19.

If certain work can only be done by vaccinated workers, businesses should set a reasonable timeframe for workers to decide if they will be vaccinated. If an employee cannot work during this time, special paid leave should be considered, especially in the short term while employers and employees discuss what happens next. Options that can be considered are finding alternative duties or locations for the employee.

If your health and safety risk assessment has determined that employees need to be vaccinated – employers or PCBUs are responsible for making sure your employees meet vaccination requirements, including preventing employees from carrying out certain tasks if they have not been vaccinated. Under a proposed government Order, workers may have to give their employer/PCBU certain information so that their employer/PCBU can meet its vaccination requirements.

Privacy, Human Rights and Health and Safety obligations will need to be balanced – so get legal advice first. Cases in this area are currently before the court.

How to decide what work requires a vaccinated employee – WorkSafe
Public health guidelines for businesses and services – Ministry of Health

2: Can I ask my staff if they are vaccinated?
Some businesses may be able to request staff for information on their vaccination status.

There may be religious or medical reasons why a person cannot be vaccinated. You cannot ask your worker to get vaccinated unless they need to be vaccinated to perform a specific role in your business for health and safety reasons or they are covered by a government Order.

You can ask employees if they have been vaccinated but they do not have to tell you if they have, or why they choose not to. You cannot discriminate against employees who choose not to get the vaccination.

If your employees choose to tell you about their vaccination status, you cannot share this information with anyone without their permission and you must comply with the Privacy Act principles in relation to collecting, storing and sharing this information.

A person’s vaccination status is personal information | employment.govt.nz

3: Should we introduce a Vaccination/Pandemic Policy?
Most businesses should have a Vaccination/Pandemic Policy in place which covers:

  • Health and safety obligations
  • PPE requirements
  • Mask requirements
  • Sickness expectations
  • Privacy Act compliance
  • Customer expectations / behaviour

A Vaccination/Pandemic Policy and a robust Health and Safety Policy will go a long way to ensuring the employer is properly complying with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and is communicating its expectations and rules properly with its workers.

Points to consider:

  • If a high performing employee refuses to be vaccinated are you prepared to see them leave the business?
  • If a highly valued contractor or client (or just a regular supplier) doesn’t agree with your Policy are you prepared to lose that working relationship?
  • If the employer is introducing the Policy it is their responsibility to provide the information requested by the employee – not the responsibility of the employee to have to find it themselves.

4: Can I require new staff to be vaccinated?
You will need to assess whether the requirement for the role to be carried out by a fully vaccinated worker is justified, and then:

  • Update Employment Agreements; and
  • Ensure other recent changes to employment law (e.g. bereavement leave, sick leave, privacy laws) are also incorporated into the updated Employment Agreements at the same time.

You must ensure you understand your obligations around non-discrimination.

5: How can I support my employees to get vaccinated
A fully vaccinated workforce may help keep your workplace safe from Covid-19. You can help workers make an informed decision and encourage them and their whānau to get the Covid-19 vaccine by:

  • allowing them time off to get the vaccine
  • talking to them about their leave and pay entitlements if they need time off to go to their appointment or if they feel unwell after getting the vaccine
  • respecting their privacy
  • listening to their concerns.

Information from Employment.govt.nz on vaccines and the workplace

Your workers may have questions about the vaccine. You can help them find out more by:

6: Employees may pose the following situations, the Government to date have not provided an answer or guidelines for these (as at 14/1021)

  1. In circumstances where the Employee agrees to being vaccinated due to work requirements and they suffer an adverse effect, whether short, medium or long term, will this be recorded as a work-related accident and reported to WorkSafe (or other relevant authority), the Accident Compensation Corporation and/or any associated insurance policies.
  2. If the Employee requires further and necessary support to manage and cope with any adverse consequences will the Employer provide such support.
  3. If you provide support and paid time off for an Employee to get vaccinated what is their understanding if they then have an adverse effect; paid special leave, sick leave, LWOP?
  4. Which vaccine is recognised by the Company?
  5. Will a booster be required? What does support look like for each booster injection?
  6. Is the intent of a vaccine mandate to protect others who may come in contact with the worker?
  7. If someone with a medical exemption is not required to be vaccinated, yet still allowed in the workplace, why will an unvaccinated worker with similar PPE not be allowed in the same workplace?
  8. Can the demand for the vaccine be accompanied with all of the details that the employee might ask for? Efficacy, long term side effects, contents, adverse reactions, etc
  9. What if the Employee is able to provide proof that there is no evidence that the vaccine has no effect on the transmission of the virus, what are the public health measures that are to be considered?

The information contained in this newsletter is general advice and should not be relied upon or taken to be legal advice for specific situations. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in order to understand the obligations of your business (including in relation to the roles within your business / the industry you are in / the risks your business may be facing).

We have also received questions from our members seeking clarity with regards to security staff being instructed to enforce wearing of face masks when entering premises, such as supermarkets.

Wearing Face Coverings/Exemption Cards

As well as meeting all Alert Level requirements, businesses must continue to comply with all other laws including the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).

Whilst businesses are not required to ensure people wear face coverings, they may take steps to encourage it, including the use of Security Officers to screen access to their premises.

When considering these steps, businesses must think about how to keep their workers and contractors healthy and safe. This should include what to do if a person becomes angry at the worker who is encouraging people to wear a face covering.
It is also important that workers ensure that they do not discriminate against people with disabilities or health conditions that mean they are unable to wear a face covering safely or comfortably. Whilst these people can get an exemption card as evidence of their disability or health condition, government requirements state they are not required to carry the exemption card or to show it on request.

Our recommendation is that when providing Security Officers to screen access to premises, security providers should work with the customer to establish clear protocols for the Officers to follow. They should include awareness of the rights of those with disabilities or health issues, the available alternatives that can be presented to those who refuse to wear face coverings (such as click and collect or allocated shopping times) and an escalation process for Security staff to follow if customers become angry or aggressive (with a focus on ensuring safety of the officer, staff and other customers).

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require assistance.

Stay safe and keep well.

The NZSA team.

Security industry update

NZSA – AGM – 7.30am Tuesday 2 November 2021

The AGM will be held at the New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland on Tuesday 2 November. Due to the cancellation of the Facilities Integrate event we have moved venues this year. Breakfast will be provided followed by the AGM at 8.15am.

A formal notification will be sent to members on or before 8 October together with the Annual Report, Board Nomination form, Proxy form and Notice of Motion form.

Should the event be unable to proceed due to lockdown restrictions we will revert to a virtual meeting and will provide details closer to the date.

Stolen safe

We have been contacted by a local Private Investigation agency with regards to the theft of a safe from 17 Tirotai Crescent, Westmere, overnight on the 9th and 10th September. Two vehicles of interest were noted in the area around that time – a white Toyota utility with canopy (possibly 2005 or newer) and a white Subaru Legacy wagon.

The safe contained private papers and jewellery plus access codes for cryptocurrency worth in excess of NZD $4 million.

A substantial reward is being offered for information that leads to recovery of the safe and we have been asked to inform members providing locksmith services and with patrol services in the Westmere (Auckland) area.

Any information can be forwarded to Michael Campbell at [email protected] or 021 993983.

Launch of NZ Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs)

The New Zealand OSPAs have arrived! An independent global awards scheme to recognise outstanding performance in the security sector. The awards are open to everyone, and you don’t have to be a member of an association to enter.

The OSPA’s are also intended to compliment existing Award Programmes such as the recently held NZ Security Industry Awards and are held at different timing during the year.

Currently running in 15-countries the OSPAs are based on extensive research on the key factors that contribute to and characterise outstanding performance.

The award scheme is run on strict ethical principles with core values of being independent, credible, transparent and respectable. The judges are nominated by leading security associations and special interest groups to represent them – they all sign up to an ethics policy and agree to mark independently against set criteria and declare any conflict of interest on every mark sheet.

For 2022, the awards are being offered in the following categories:

  • Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director
  • Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director
  • Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)
  • Outstanding Security Consultant
  • Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator
  • Outstanding New Security Product
  • Outstanding Security Partnership
  • Outstanding Investigator
  • Outstanding Police/Law Enforcement Initiative
  • Outstanding Security Officer
  • Outstanding Female Security Professional
  • Outstanding Young Security Professional
  • Lifetime Achievement

There is no charge to enter, and nominations must be submitted by 14 January 2022. Winners will be selected from a list of finalists and presented with their awards at a networking event to be held at the end of April in Auckland.

The inaugural awards are supported by ASIS New Zealand Chapter, New Zealand Security Association (NZSA), New Zealand Security Sector Network and the University of New Zealand.

More information about the New Zealand OSPAs can be found here.

 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require assistance.

Stay safe and keep well.

The NZSA team.

2021 Security Awards Update

Due to ongoing uncertainty, we recently made the tough decision to cancel our 2021 Security Awards evening and progress with Plan B.  So, what’s Plan B we hear you ask? Drum roll please….

We’re excited to announce our 2021 Security Awards Week!

Next week we’ll be announcing the winners of each award via video. Awards will be announced over 5 consecutive days beginning Monday 20th Sept. You’ll receive an email every morning at 10.30am with the awards being announced for that day and can click through from there to watch the videos announcing the winners.  We’ll also post on Facebook and LinkedIn.

On Friday you’ll receive two emails, with the prestigious Ian Dick Memorial Award for Security Professional of the Year to be announced in a second email at 3pm.

We look forward to sharing the Award winners with you!

P.S. Pass this email on to your colleagues and encourage them to sign up for our newsletter to receive the announcements!

 

SINCERE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Many thanks to our main event sponsors – without your generous support, these awards would not be possible.

NZSA – security update

Emergency staff appointments without certificates – PSPLA

In emergency situations, security firms can hire staff who do not have certificates of approval.

You can make an emergency appointment if:

– You need to hire someone because of illness or emergency (such as Covid-19) and you don’t have enough staff with certificates and:

  • The person you’re hiring has applied for a certificate and paid the fee and
  • You’re satisfied they’re eligible and
  • You tell (PSPLA) before making the emergency appointment and
  • The person has not worked on an emergency appointment for more than 2 weeks in the past (unless the PSPLA have approved the appointment before you make it).

You must immediately stop a person from working on instruction of the PSPLA.

Emergency appointments can be made nationally and are valid for two weeks or until such time the person receives their ID however appointments in Auckland have been extended to three weeks or receipt of ID whilst additional restrictions apply.

To make an emergency appointment use the F_Emergency_Appointment.

 

Business travel across alert level boundaries

Movement between alert level boundaries is currently restricted and essential service workers require documentation generated at MBIE’s Business Travel Register.

The government has now introduced an additional requirement that workers who need to cross alert level boundaries will have to get regular Covid-19 tests. Before crossing a boundary, workers will need to show proof that they’ve had a test, not proof that they are Covid-19 free. They will not need to wait for test results before travelling.

From 11.59pm on 9th September, employees of essential service workers who need to cross regional boundaries for work must have a process in place to enable these employees to be tested for Covid-19. Workers won’t need to start carrying proof that they’ve had a Covid-19 test until 11.59pm on 16th September.

 

Ministry of Health letter – prioritised vaccines

We have been working with the Ministry of Health to ensure that all customer facing essential service staff (and their whanau) can receive priority access to the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Ministry has provided a letter for distribution by security companies to their staff that provides the ability to book vaccines in most regions of New Zealand either online or for prioritised bookings, via the 0800 line services (including a Pacifika Healthline).

We encourage distribution of the letter to all staff.

MOH_security firm essential workers letter_Sept 2021

 

Conflict Management Instructor Training and Refresher Programme

As part of their industry role, Skills has overseen and managed the approval process for trainers delivering the CoA Mandatory Training and the facilitation of Train the Trainer and Refresher Training programmes.

With the transition of the Industry Training Organisations such as Skills into the Work Development Councils (WDC’s) over coming months there remains a high degree of uncertainty as to where the responsibility for functions such as this will sit.

Given the critical nature of the Conflict Management training and the necessity for continuity, the NZSA as the peak body representing the industry has worked with Skills to pick up the Train the Trainer and Refresher Training programmes at least on an interim basis and pending future communications with the Service WDC.

As the first step in this process, we will be issuing a closed RFP for those parties identified as meeting the required skill sets and qualifications required for Train the Trainers – these include but are not limited to:

  • Hold NZ Certificate in Adult Education Level 4
  • Hold NZ Certificate in Security Level 3 (preferably Level 4)
  • Minimum 2 years delivering CoA Mandatory Training
  • Minimum 5 years industry experience

If you wish to be involved in the RFP process, please email Andrea on [email protected].

In coming weeks, we will also communicate with those approved trainers who have either gone past the two-year window for completing the refresher training or are approaching the two-year date. Given the limited communications from Skills and the difficulties in obtaining training with lockdowns etc, we anticipate providing an extension through to 31 March 2022 for the refresher training to be conducted. Those who do not complete the training by that date will have their approved trainer status revoked.

Once we have confirmed the appointment of the new Trainer, or Trainers, for the Train the Trainer and Refresher Training programmes, we will also provide a calendar of training dates and venues (including areas outside of Auckland) going forward so that the training can be scheduled and booked well in advance.

If you have any questions on this process, please contact either Andrea [email protected] or Gary [email protected].

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require assistance.

Stay safe and keep well.

The NZSA team.

NZSA Security Update – September 2021 Newsletter

CEO’s REPORT

Welcome to our September 2021 newsletter and I trust that you are keeping safe and well.

Isn’t it amazing how quickly everything can change.

After 117 days without any reported Covid community transmission, New Zealand was plunged into Level 4 lockdown from Wednesday 18 August. Unfortunately for us, this was only two days before 175 attendees were booked for the annual NZ Security Industry Awards event scheduled for the Friday evening at the Christchurch Town Hall.

Our travel plans were immediately suspended and the focus shifted to communicating with all impacted, including our MC and venue, and ensuring arrangements were in place to effectively postpone the event. Our only “casualty” was a quantity of pre-ordered fresh food items that were donated to the local womens refuge centre.

Whilst current restrictions and the associated risks of further cancellation have made it impossible to reschedule the awards event in the same format, we are pleased to advise that plans are in place for an alternate event, Awards Week, that will allow us to formally recognise our award finalists and winners.

During Awards Week we will be profiling three or four award categories each day, introducing the finalists and then announcing the category winner. This will build during the week until the final day when we will announce the winner of the Ian Dick Memorial Award for Security Professional of the Year, which celebrates the category winner who received the highest individual score from the judges.

The event will still be presented by our MC, Doug Kamo, and will feature downloadable video clips that will be hosted via our website and various social media platforms, including our media partner New Zealand Security Magazine.

We appreciate that this is a bit of a step into the unknown, particularly hosting an event over a week, however the most important factor is that we have the opportunity to recognise and celebrate those within our industry who have performed to the highest possible standards and excelled in their roles.

Please look out for more information on Awards Week, including the daily schedule of award categories and platform access, and our collective best wishes to all finalists.

 

Covid-19

We continue to distribute information relative to government announcements and applicable subsidies and support mechanisms however we are also mindful of not bombarding our members with superfluous information at this time.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me on [email protected] and we will assist as far as possible, including liaison with government contacts and agencies as required.

What is very clear is that security workers are again providing critical front-line essential services and performing to very high standards, often in difficult and confronting circumstances. There have been a number of videos posted on social media platforms showing security staff being abused or treated with contempt and without exception, the security staff have handled the situation professionally and with skill.

Well done and a big thanks to all security staff working in critical roles.

 

PSPLA Covid-19 protocol

The PSPLA have issued the following Amendment dated 23 August 2021.

  1. If Covid restrictions are at Level 3 or Level 4 anywhere in New Zealand the PSPLA will continue to process all applications for licences and certificates and deal with complaints in its usual manner, but with the following exceptions:
  • Licences and certificates and official IDs will be sent to the Authorities office after printing to be posted out to the applicants rather than being sent to Post Shop for collection.
  • People who have had licences or certificates approved and their IDs printed and sent to their local Post Shop, but are unable to collect them because the Post Shop is closed, can apply to the Authority for an exemption to work without displaying their ID. Such applications are to be made by email to [email protected] and should contain the licence or certificate holder’s full name and PSPLA application number.
  • All in-person hearings will be changed to telephone or video hearings. If this is not possible they will be rescheduled for a future date.
  1. If Covid restrictions are at Level 2 or lower the above exceptions will no longer apply and the PSPLA will as far as practicable operate in its usual manner.
  2. This protocol applies until revoked or modified by the Authority.

The NZSA would like to commend the PSPLA for their proactive stance on this however we will lobby the Authority for further concessions around licence and certificate applications should the country, or any specific regions, face extended operations under Level 3 or 4.

 

Withdrawal of copper services by local fibre providers

The NZSA has recently been in consultation with Chorus with regards to the withdrawal of copper line services and migration to fibre, and how this will impact onto the large number of customers still utilising copper for their alarm monitoring services.

All LFP’s (Local Fibre Providers) have signed up to the Copper Withdrawal Code that contains consumer protection requirements including:

  • The customer must understand the process
  • Have a reasonable time to prepare (Chorus provide 6 months notice)
  • Have information about switching to an alternative technology like fibre
  • Have access to a fibre service with similar functions installed before copper is withdrawn.

What has been missing to date is information with regards to how ancillary services using the copper network, like alarm monitoring services, will be impacted and the processes and costs associated with a change over to alternate technology.

Chorus will look to build this into future communications with those who will be impacted however we strongly recommend to our members that they adopt a proactive approach to this significant issue.

We have lobbied Chorus for the ability to access customer numbers and the indicative roll-out timeline specific to those numbers however that is not possible for privacy reasons. They have however suggested that providers refer to the information regularly updated on their website https://www.chorus.co.nz/copper-withdrawal.

We will keep members posted on further developments and welcome suggestions on how the industry can be more proactive in managing the migration process.

 

MSD Skills for Industry Work Broker contract renewal

We are pleased to advise that the NZSA has been successful in resecuring the Skills for Industry Work Broker contract following the recent tender process.

Our contract is now specific to the Auckland, Waikato and Northland regions with alternate providers appointed for other regions.

MSD have also signalled a change in the employer support payment structure with payment now covered under the Flexi Wage programme. This will increase the total quantum of support payments offered and we will communicate full details on how this will operate to our contracted members in the near future.

 

Review of vocational education – transition to WDC’s

On 4 October 2021 many of the functions provided by the ITO’s (Industry Training Organisations) will transition to the new WDC’s (Work Development Councils).

For the security industry this means functions traditionally performed by Skills Organisation such as Consent to Assess applications, Programme Endorsement and External Moderation will move to either the Services WDC (for security personnel services) or the Construction and Infrastructure WDC (for electronic security).

There are mixed views from training providers as to the impact this will have however there are valid concerns that the WDC’s will require some time to become operationally effective and this may impact onto the ability for training delivery to meet industry needs.

We also foresee some challenges in our ability to influence positive change for the security industry given we will now require representation over two different WDC’s and will effectively be small fish in very large ponds.

One positive is that we have the Security Training and Professional Development Special Interest Group in place, and this will provide additional resource and capability in ensuring effective representation and influence on the WDC’s.

 

Virtual reality security training platform

It has been very pleasing to see the uptake of CoA training via the SkillsVR training platform and we are already experiencing a surge in interest given the current lockdown restrictions and the cessation of traditional classroom-based training.

During September the SkillsVR team will be launching a series of webinars which will provide an overview of the VR training experience and how employers can use the platform to assist in the on-boarding process and in determining staff competency levels in addition to completing the CoA mandatory training.

We will provide more information and webinar registration details in coming weeks.

 

Staff poaching

Over recent months I have received communications from several members concerned about the prevalence of staff poaching, particularly within the Electronic Security sector.

We appreciate that members will always seek to employ the best possible staff but the consistent targeting of competitor employees is not acceptable.

As a reminder, all NZSA members have signed the Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct which includes:

  1. Integrity – NZSA members shall maintain high standards of integrity and professional conduct with fairness and honesty at all times in dealing with clients or employees, past and present, with members of the NZSA, and with the general public.

 

Extension Part 6A of Schedule 1A Employment Relations Act

In our last newsletter we covered off the changes to the ERA that effectively provides Security Officers with additional protections when their employment is impacted by restructuring that results in the contract for service shifting to another provider or taken in-house.

In these situations there is an obligation on the new party providing the service to offer employment to the incumbent employees on terms and conditions no less favourable than they currently receive. This includes the transfer of leave and service entitlements and also prevents subsequent restructuring such as reduced hours or payments.

The NZSA has prepared documentation to assist both outgoing and incoming service providers and members can obtain copies by emailing [email protected]

 

As always, we welcome all comments and feedback on NZSA or industry issues and activity.

Keep safe and well.

Gary Morrison

CEO

 

Keeping your team up to date

Like many organisations we are constantly looking for ways to ensure we can communicate effectively with our members and their teams. The best way to stay up to date on NZSA and industry news is via our newsletter. The more people from each company who receive our newsletter, the higher the chance of updates being communicated within the industry.

With this in mind, we welcome you to send us any company contacts who would like to receive our newsletter and we will add them to our distribution list.

Please email any contacts to [email protected].

 

Crowded Places Security Advisory Group

Subsequent to the release last September of Police’s September 2020 Protecting our Crowded Places from Attack: New Zealand’s Strategy, and following meetings with NZ Police, a Crowded Places Security Special Interest Group (CPSSIG) was established under the NZSA last February.

In consultation with the Police, and aligned with the three advisory groups established under the Crowded Places Strategy, the CPSSIG has now become the Crowded Places Security Advisory Group or CPSAG.

Described as a body of experienced security industry specialists, the CPSAG will provide specialist advice and direction in the protection of Crowded Places in line with the Strategy and government Protective Security Requirements (PSR).

According to the group’s chair, Sir Ken McKenzie, “CPSAG is a skilled, experienced and diverse group of industry specialists from across NZ and well known to and respected within the private and public security sphere.

The group is committed to delivering robust policy and transparent assurance that the private security sector is equipped and recognised as a credible security delivery partner in these rapidly changing times”.

Still in its very early days, the CPSAG will likely focus on areas such as intelligence, threat, vulnerability, critical risks and risk assessment, expanding to include protective security, counter terrorism, crowd control, physical security, security training competencies and associated licensing, security policy and research and development.

Whilst the CPSAG now operates as a stand-alone advisory group, the NZSA is represented on the group through our CEO Gary Morrison, and provides secretarial and administrative support.

 

NZSA webinar now available to view

Master Class in Building Compliance Security Systems (Fire and Access)

The issues around compliance for Security Systems are confusing and open to different interpretation by councils. This webinar will demystify the requirements and provide tips and advice from compliance experts. If you or your staff have any downtime during the current lockdown, this the perfect opportunity to upskill yourselves and improve your understanding of building compliance re security and fire systems.

You can view the webinar on the NZSA website.

Newsflash – following the exceptional interest in the webinar (over 190 attendees) and the issues raised, the NZSA will look to establish a Special Interest Group (SIG) focused on lobbying MBIE and other government departments for clarity of the legislation and codes. If you are interested in participating in the SIG, please notify Gary Morrison on [email protected].

 

NZ Security Awards – coming soon!

 

This year’s Awards event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

The most important factor is that we have the opportunity to recognise and celebrate those within our industry who have performed to the highest possible standards and excelled in their roles and for that reason we will go ahead with an alternative option.

We will be announcing the Awards launch in the next week – in a new and exciting format!

Please be sure to follow us on Linkedin and Facebook to ensure you receive our announcements:

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Training and Professional Development SIG

Submitted by Andy Gollings

Chairperson & CEO Red Badge Group

The NZSA has partnered with The Skills Group Foundation to approach workforce development from a whole new angle.

Communication and understanding are critical to effective and safe operation in any environment. Nowhere is this more relevant than in the changing landscape of New Zealand’s security sectors. Our industry is developing in diversity of workforce and in complexity of the tasks required of them and we lack the leadership ability, across our industry, to fully understand and support this workforce to develop and succeed.

Literacy is a key issue across a broad range of industry sectors and has considerable impact on the learning capability for many workers. New Zealand’s security industry covers some 25,000 workers and it is estimated by those working in the industry that probably 20% to 25% of workers are impacted to some degree by literacy and numeracy challenges.

Such challenges can be overcome, with the right support. The key is to create an environment for our workforce where their great attributes and capabilities are encouraged to shine, while recognising and supporting their challenges.

The Security Industry Training and Professional Development Special Interest Group (SIG) has initiated a project to develop skills where it can have the most impact in a growing workforce. We are now working with the The Skills Group Foundation to develop learning modules to support those who have the most contact with security officers, such as supervisors and managers. These modules will be designed to help them to understand their staff and to utilise best practice learning theory and resources to improve communication and understanding within their workforce.

The Skills Group Foundation are currently working with the NZ Defence Force on a similar project for their trainers. We are excited to bring this approach to where it can have the greatest impact – developing the capability of our frontline leadership.

Whilst we have yet to develop the learning modules, they will be focused on providing simple strategies for leadership.

As an example we can guide our frontline leaders on how they can achieve best outcomes such as:

Checking for understanding

At the end of a briefing or a tool box talk, ask open ended questions

  • So what are you going to do?
  • What would you do if…..
  • How do you think you should…..
  • Show me how you would……

This allows the learner to reflect on the learning and apply it practically to a situation while you are still present. It also enables you to be confident that the communication has been understood.

We look forward to providing further updates on this exciting project.

 

Secintel Security Situation Report

NZSA member Global Risk Consulting (GRC) have recently launched their Secintel System that provides a comprehensive national threat and risk assessment platform. The system provides a good level of understanding as to what is happening in our communities, and across areas of importance to security providers such as criminality, civil unrest and armed conflict, or commonly known as the security operating environment.

GRC have kindly offered to make the Secintel Security Situation Report for Q1 2021 available to NZSA members. Please download it on the Secintel website.

For more information on the Secintel System, please contact Chris Kumeroa on [email protected].

 

NZSA member referral – strength in numbers

NZSA’s membership has grown strongly over the past year and each new member not only strengthens the Association and the security community, it also enables us to provide you with more benefits and services and a greater voice for the industry. So help grow your community and strengthen your Association by referring a prospective new member.

To refer a prospective member please email details to [email protected]. For details on member benefits please see the NZSA website.

 

NZSA support for LSV programme

The LSV programme is a free six-week motivational training course provided by MSD but facilitated by the New Zealand Defence Force. It is targeted at 18 to 25-year olds and aims to increase the number of young people entering employment or training by improving their self-discipline, self-confidence, motivation and initiative.

We introduced an NZSA Award to be presented to the trainee demonstrating outstanding qualities for the security industry – initiative, empathy and going the extra mile.

The recipient of the NZSA award, who graduated in August, was Trainee Jack Speakman-Voss from the Southern region (Invercargill).

Trainee Speakman-Voss (or Mr Smiley as he was more affectionately known) personified all aspects of initiative, empathy and going the extra mile. His career goal is to pursue his dream of becoming a Police Officer.

Here he is receiving his award, proudly presented by TA the LSV Administrator.

Congratulations to Trainee Jack Speakman-Voss!

 

Face masks available

The NZSA has obtained from the Ministry of Health face masks from government stocks. These masks are Ministry of Health approved for essential services. The masks are available to order in boxes of 50 and the cost is $45 + gst per box.

If you would like to place an order can you please email us at [email protected] with your requirements.

 

Member Benefits

NZSA Speak Up Line

The NZSA Speak Up Line is free to members and provides access to a confidential service where staff can report issues such as bullying, sexual harassment, poor employment conditions, illegal practices such as theft or drug dealing and other matters of concern that may be occurring in the workplace and not being reported.

Phone                 0800 775 775

Online reports     www.integrityline-nz.org/nzsa

The NZSA will provide posters, business-sized card to go into wallets, stickers and introductory letters for your staff. They are designed for members to include their own corporate branding prior to distribution.

The service is particularly valuable where employees may be reluctant to speak up or report matters due to fears that by doing so it may affect their employment or risk further victimisation.

It is also important to note that such services meet government procurement requirements around providing a voice for staff.

This service is provided by Crimestoppers who obviously have considerable experience in handling sensitive calls in a confidential manner. They log the calls or online reports and forward to the NZSA for further investigation if required. The staff member can remain anonymous if they wish to do so.

Register for the NZSA Speak Up Line by emailing [email protected]. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

NZSA HR Advisory Service

NZSA is partnered with Livewire HR to provide access to free HR advice as well as templated key documents and policies.

There are testimonials below from some members who have utilised the service:

“We have used Livewire for a while now and the documents are great to use and easy to download and save. We have implemented some policies based on the designed ones here and have good responses from our team. We will continue to use them for a long time to come. Would highly recommend.”

“I had a very good experience with Livewirehr, especially with Rebecca. She was approachable and patient with our questions. The advisory service is a big help and I would recommend using this great service”.

“When we had inquiries the response was very quick and super helpful. Some the security companies do not have a big HR team or Lawyer team and this is such a great service to use if something out of the ordinary appears and you want to be sure you are working within the regulations.”

Call           HR LIVE (0800 475 483)

Email         [email protected]

 

Triangular employment relationships – an NZSA HR Advisory Service update

Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Act 2019

This amendment to the Employment relations act came in June last year and was bought into address a gap in legislation in relation to employees in a triangular employment relationship.

Previously, employees could only bring a personal grievance – such as for bullying, harassment or discrimination – against their employer. This limited their ability to take a personal grievance, as the actions that lead to them taking a claim may be those of the ‘controlling third party’ they are assigned to work for, rather than the person actually employing them.

For further information please see the LivewireHR blog.

If you have any workplace questions, the NZSA HR Advisory service can assist.

Phone:     HR LIVE (0800 475 483)

Email:       [email protected]

 

simPRO Software

simPRO is a leading operations management solution for service, maintenance and project contractors. Connect the office to the field, delivery exceptional customer service and gain invaluable insights with automated processes, streamlined workflows and in-depth business reporting.

NZSA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount on initial implementation costs of simPRO.

For further information visit the simPRO website.

 

Mobilcard

NZSA have an agreement with Mobilcard offering members fuel discounts

Key Benefits:

  • Up to 16 cents per litre (including GST) discount off the pump price for all diesel and petrol purchased at a discounted Mobilcard acceptor sites. Minimum discount of 12 cents per litre (including GST).
  • Available at 330+ sites nationwide. View www.mobilfuelfinder.co.nz to find an acceptor site near you.
  • No card or transaction fees.
  • No need to manage receipts for tax purposes, all managed under one account.
  • Costs can be tracked easily with one monthly invoice. You can also have online access to multiple reports including the fuel consumed by individual vehicles.
  • PIN number and purchase restrictions for added security.
  • You must be a member of the NZSA to qualify for this offer.

A vehicle consuming 100 litres per week using a discount of up to 6 cents per litre = $6 discount per week

A vehicle consuming 100 litres per week using the NZSA MOBILCARD discount of up to 16cents per litre = $16 discount per week

For a company fleet of 20 vehicles that’s potentially an annual saving of over $10,000 per annum.

The discount level is dependent on volume of fuel used per annum.

For further information please email [email protected].

 

Membership

We welcome the following new Corporate Members:

Alpha Protection Services Ltd

BDR Security Ltd

Teltrac Communication Ltd

S.E.A.L. Security Ltd

Zoom Security Ltd

 

and the following new Associate Company and Associate Individual Members:

PJ Charles Ltd trading as Strategic Defence

Revolve Electrical Services Ltd

James Crow

Sohail Autar

 

Events

NZISF breakfast meeting

Topic: Falling victim to malicious actors on social media

Presenter Paul Hay will discuss the process he went through to clear his name after his account was accessed, altered, and used to discredit his reputation.

When: 8:00am Thursday 9 September 2021 via zoom

For further information and to register please see the NZSA website.

 

Advanced restrictive movement & restraint instructor qualification (ARMR)

The ARMR program is aligned with the instructor programs Hard Target currently run for government departments, meeting the same high international standards while aligning with NZ Security industry roles.

Courses in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch have been scheduled and will be open to only 8 participants per course. Contact [email protected] or on 021 777 971 to receive the program criteria and information.

 

NZSA security update – business travel across alert level boundaries

Businesses with workers needing to cross an Alert Level Boundary need to apply for a Business Travel Document. Unless you have a newly authorised Business Travel Document you will not be able to travel across the Boundary. Previously issued Business Travel Documents are no longer valid.

To apply for a Business Travel Document please visit business.govt.nz/covid

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require assistance.

Stay safe and keep well.

The NZSA team.