[1st APRIL 2019 TO 31st MARCH 2020]

The SSPG proactively supports the delivery of the goals and outcomes in the ESI H&S Strategy.


Relationship Management

SSPG will routinely engage with CEOs, StayLive, EDI H&S forum, WorkSafe New Zealand, MBIE, and other key stakeholders in relation to key issues and work. The purpose of these relationships will be to maintain visibility, consult, collaborate, coordinate and cooperate on our respective work programmes.

  • SSPG will provide ongoing support for ESI CEOs, support for delivery of goals detailed in EEA and ENA H&S Strategies and will through its engagements will identify issues for consideration by ENA H&S Committee and StayLive.
  • StayLive - Participate in StayLive's regular meetings (bi-monthly), update and involve them in key EEA work, and contribute to their work where it is in the EEA's interests and we have available resources.

  • EDI Health and Safety Forum (EDI) - Participate in EDI's regular meetings (quarterly), update and involve them in key EEA work, and contribute to their work where it is in the EEA's interests and we have available resources.

  • Electricity Networks Association (ENA) - Consult, cooperate and coordinate with ENA in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding.

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Establish ongoing relationship with Health and Safety Policy team to improve EEA's ability to influence policy making. This is important with upcoming regulatory reviews that are likely to touch on if not directly involve safety regulations for the electricity industry.

  • WorkSafe New Zealand - Regular meetings with key managers, including from the following business units: Regulatory Frameworks (sets policy for Energy Safety), Technical Programmes and Support (hosts technical expertise), Energy Safety (operationalises WorkSafe policy).

  • Arboriculture New Zealand - Engage and coordinate on the production of joint guidance and guidance relevant to utility arborists.

ESI Health and Safety Statistics

Each year the EEA collects data from our members for making industry comparisons about health and safety performance. The data collection process begins in August and is usually able to be analysed and published by November. The report and benchmarks support CEOs and boards of participating members to see how their organisation is performing against the rest of the industry.

Health and Safety Strategy

SSPG will produce a review report of our performance against the strategy for publication in 2020. Concurrently, we will develop a new strategy for 2020-2023. The new strategy will emphasise:

→ The need to focus on the ESI critical risks

The importance of sustaining capability

The importance of health

SM-EI Revitalisation Project

SM-EI is the most extensively used of all our documents. The EEA has initiated a project aiming to understand how SM-EI is used by industry, whether directly or indirectly, so that we can improve the usability and the accessibility of its information to users. This will lead to new ways of delivering or supporting the delivery of its information to users.

SSPG will support the project by leading the review of the technical content of SM-EI and supporting the review of future delivery mediums.

SSPG will support this project by:

  • Participating in engagement with industry to understand the value proposition of SM-EI, challenge us on existing content and delivery, and help identify future need as individuals and company users.

  • Identifying emerging H&S issues (and solutions) from new technologies that warrant incorporation into the SM-EI

  • Reviewing new service options that support future delivery e.g. online assessment, training standards

  • Produce updated version ready for a future delivery medium

Joint Initiative with Genesis Energy on Asbestos Management

In collaboration with Genesis Energy, SSPG to oversee the production of a case-study of the development and validation of a method for estimating the risk of asbestos-contaminated dust in workplaces. Genesis will lead the work to develop and validate the method and draft a case-study (see New Publications). SSPG will oversee the drafting of the case-study, which is intended to be shared with industry at the conference or the H&S workshop. This work will also inform the development of a Quick Guide for the Management of Asbestos Contaminated Dust.


The publication development process will generally follow the below steps. In general, the end-to-end process spans about 6 months. Individual development processes can be staggered and run in parallel to enable 3-6 publications to be produced each year depending on their complexity and other technical and logistical factors.

  • Guide for LV Works Management Systems
  • Quick Guide for the Management of Critical Risks
  • Case Study - Management of Asbestos Contaminated Dust
  • Confined Spaces
  • Fatigue / impairment

Maintaining our stock of publications is a growing challenge as we publish more guides. To ensure that publications are kept up-to-date, we need to ensure that reviews are focussed and efficient. The expectation should be that where a publication remains fit-for-purpose, it will not be significantly changed. SSPG meetings will have a standing agenda item to review guides that were published more than 5 years ago.

This year, SSPG will review the following publications to establish whether they need to be updated. Where updates are minor then they will be carried out in the same business year. Unless otherwise stated, more substantial updates will be programmed for next year:

  • Safe Practices for Low Voltage Electrical Work (2012)
  • Guide for Livening of Service Connections to Premises (2010)
  • Management of electrical safety for utility arborists near overhead electric lines (draft)
  • Electrical Safety for Forestry & Woodlot Logging Operations (2013)
  • Blue Indicating Silica Gel (2013)
  • SM-EI interpretations and queries
  • Health and Safety Newsletter - issue 12 editions (monthly)
  • Regional and topic specific workshops
  • H&S Workshop, 30th - 31st October 2018, Wellington
  • Safety Rules Newsletter - issue 2 editions (June/Dec)
  • Safety Alerts (including annual review report)
  • Emerging technologies - standing SSPG agenda item


Graeme Johnson (Chairperson) - is the Technical Manager for Electrix in Auckland

James Dodwell (Secretariat) - is the Principal Advisor - Health & Safety of the EEA in Wellington

Brian Ultee - is the Quality & Standards Manager for Contact Energy in Clyde

Phil Marsh - is the Network Operations Manager for Powerco

Graeme Johnson - is the Quality & Compliance Manager for Aurora Energy in Cromwell

Danny Kooyman - is the Safety and Health Practitioner for Transpower in Palmerston North

Paul Lloyd - is the Hydro Operations Manager for Meridian Energy in Twizel

Hayley Head - is the Training and Development Manager for Orion in Christchurch

Phil Neal - is HSQE Advisor (central) for Northpower in Hamilton

Simon Parker - is the Distribution Network Controller for WEL in Hamilton

Gerry Versteeg - is the Control Centre Manager for Genesis Energy in Huntly

Dick Thornton-Grimes - is the HSE Manager Networks Vector

The SSPG welcomes feedback from industry and other stakeholders and should be sent to

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