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Safe as Houses!

As the leading source of information for the building and construction industry in New Zealand, BRANZ connects with over 100,000 members of the building and construction sector every month, turning world-class science, research and innovation into practical benefits for New Zealanders.

The main BRANZ site at Judgeford – home to 94 staff - covers five hectares and contains several laboratories, workshops, outdoor construction areas and testing facilities involving a number of high risk activities.

To keep staff, customers, contractors and visitors from harm, BRANZ has a triple certified management system which includes ISO 9001, ACC WSMP and Enviromark.

An audit last year – part of the ongoing quality assurance and maintenance programme – resulted in new initiatives to further develop the safety culture at BRANZ.

CEO Chelydra Percy, a member of the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum, herself leads the weekly incident review team. “We’re moving from a compliance-based system to a people-based safety culture,” she says. “I’m extremely proud of the proactive approach everyone is taking towards their own and others’ health and safety, and already it’s paying off.”

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