Meet Melissa our Hazardous Substances Consultant
Updated: Feb 24
How long have you been working for DGC?
I joined the company in October 2019.
Why have you decided to do this job ?
During my practice as an employment lawyer, I came across many disciplinary matters involving health and safety - this sparked my interest for this field. Consequently, I decided to study a diploma in Health and Safety Management and this is confirmed I do have a keen interest in this area. The role as a compliance certifier sits in a defined area of health and safety, which I believe covers the risk of immediate harm as well as the prevention of ill health eventuating over time. I am passionate about increasing New Zealand’s health and safety standards and I believe this role will allow me to be a part of that.
What is your expertise ?
My expertise lies in a few legal areas having practiced law for 3 years. Apart from my diploma (which I am currently still studying), I am new to this field and role.
What is essential in your job?
- Having in depth knowledge of the Regulations and its application.
- Communicating with the client in a respectful and educative way.
- Enjoys/does not mind driving for long periods of time.
Do you have an example of preventing and avoiding incidents?
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
- Be attentive when driving . Driving safely according to speed limits and road conditions. Avoiding driving when you are feeling fatigued.
- Having a work-life balance.
What are some things you have found on an unsafe site?
The most common situation is having hazards (e.g: forklifts, materials) within common walking areas. The chance of tripping or getting knocked by a forklift is high. Another is not cleaning a spill on the floor in a timely manner and the risk of people slipping and injuring themselves.
What do you do in your spare time?
I like to attend bachata dance classes and I love a good book!