Housing New Zealand plans to implement an external health and safety prequalification process for all its physical works contractors. It will introduce PREQUAL as a standard prequalification component for the tendering process for all physical works contracts.
As part of our drive to continuously improve our health and safety performance, Housing New Zealand recognises the need to ensure we are involved with managing the safety of our partners who carry out work for us.
Prequalification has been identified as one of the critical elements of good contractor management and allows us to understand a contractor’s likely health and safety capability.
In order to meet our need for an independent, robust and transparent system that has greater benefits for our partners, Housing New Zealand has decided to re-engage with the external support company, Impac to make use of their PREQUAL assessment system.
Principal Health and Safety Advisor Naomi Hosted says PREQUAL is a win-win for Housing New Zealand and our partners, allowing both parties to identify gaps in knowledge and capabilities while targeting areas for future improvement.
Housing New Zealand will be holding a series of one-hour presentation sessions in July 2017 with Impac to explain the process in detail.