Employment Relations Group

Purpose

Exploring how New Zealand can achieve a high-skill, high-wage economy

There has been a fundamental shift in employment relations in many OECD countries. Institutional employment relations have been reshaped through a decline in collective bargaining and union membership, a rise in employer prerogative favouring individualised and flexible forms of employment relations. We address the dearth of research on individual employers and their associations, their attitudes and behaviours and how these impact on employment relations issues and trends.

The Employment Relations Group (ERG) is a collaborative team of academics from Massey and other New Zealand universities. We are interested in the complex nature and context of employment relations at the workplace, organisation, industry, national and international level; particularly in the role played by employers in employment relations.

Our work includes research in the following areas:

• Collective bargaining
• Employer driven flexibility
• The effects of legislative change
• Productivity
• The nexus of employment relations and occupational health and safety

Associate Professor Ian Laird staff profile picture

Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84914

Associate Professor Ian Laird B Sc (Hons), M Sc (Lond), Ph D, Dip HEd (Lond)

Director of Research

College of Health

Associate Professor

SoHS - Occupational Safety and Health

I have over 30 years’ experience of workplace health and safety in New Zealand and am a specialist in occupational health, hygiene and safety, and am currently an Associate Professor in Occupational Health and Safety, Centre for Ergonomics, Occupational Safety and Health, School of Public Health, College of Health, Massey University, Palmerston North.

After completion of my B Sc (Honours) degree at VictoriaUniversity, Wellington, I completed an M Sc in Occupational Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and subsequently a Ph D at MasseyUniversity, in respiratory physiology, involving the physiological cost of wearing respiratory protective equipment in New Zealand industry. I have worked for the Ministry of Health and Accident Compensation Corporation, before taking my current position at MasseyUniversity.

I am a founding member of the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society and member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society. I have served on many government committees’ including the provision of advice on OHS to the Ministers of Health, Labour and ACC. I have considerable experience as a consultant to NZ industry, and has particular interests in health hazard exposure assessment and intervention effectiveness research. In 2006, I was awarded a Fulbright New Zealand Fellowship to the US, which was undertaken at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, where I am a Visiting Scientist.

I have over 30 years’ experience of workplace health and safety in New Zealand and am a specialist in occupational health, hygiene and safety. I also have extensive experience in the management of workplace health and safety particularly in relation to small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s). I have served on many government committees’ including the provision of advice on OHS to the Ministers of Health, Labour and ACC. I have considerable experience as a consultant to NZ industry, and have particular interests in health hazard exposure assessment and intervention effectiveness research.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 06 356 9099 x84914
    Location: 6.03, Social Science Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • B Sc (Hons) - Victoria University Wellington (1975)
  • M Sc - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Universityof London, (1981)
  • Ph D - Massey University, Palmerston North (1995)
  • Dip HEd - Royal Society of Health (1976)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Prevention of noise induced hearing loss

Occupational health and safety in small enterprises

OHS intervention effectiveness research and programme evaluation

Injury epidemiology

OHS auditing and assessing safety performance

 

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705): Epidemiology (111706): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700)

Keywords

My published research and work is within the following industry sectors; agriculture, forestry, construction and manufacturing.

hazards, exposures and risks – noise, chemicals and dusts;

effectiveness of controls and the management OHS;

OHS auditing and performance measurement;

safety culture and climate assessment;

participation and consultation in OHS;

employment relations and OHS;

OHS programme evaluation and intervention research; 

OHS and small businesses.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 8
Team Member 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Prevention of Noise Induced Hearing Loss

To develop immediate and long term interventions for reducing the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss as well a directing potential future research.
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Date Range: 2008 - 2011

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Laird, I., McBride, D., McLaren, SJ., Gardner, D., Hislop, R., Gray, J., . . . Page, WH. (2016). Noise sources, exposures and controls in small enterprises in New Zealand. New Zealand Acoustics. 29(1), 28-38 Retrieved from http://www.acoustics.org.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Gardner, D., Laird, I., Legg, S., McLaren, S., Page, W.
Legg, SJ., Olsen, KB., Laird, IS., & Hasle, P. (2015). Managing safety in small and medium enterprises. Safety Science. 71(2), 189-298
[Journal article]Edited by: Laird, I.
Legg, SJ., Olsen, KB., Laird, IS., & Hasle, P. (2015). Managing safety in small and medium enterprises. Safety Science. 71(PC), 189-196
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.Edited by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Legg, S., Laird, I., Olsen, K., & Hasle, P. (2014). Understanding small enterprises: Healthy lives in healthy businesses.. International Journal of Small Enterprise Research. 21(2), 138-237
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.Edited by: Laird, I.
Foster, B., Laird, IS., & Farr, D. (2014). The inter-relationship of ER practices and OHS outcomes in SMEs. Human Resources Magazine. (June/July)
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Gardner, DH., Laird, I., Dickinson, PJ., Legg, S., McBride, D., & McLaren, S. (2014). Safety climate, attitudes to noise management and exposure to noise in small and medium sized workplaces in New Zealand.. Small Enterprise Research. 21(2), 190-201
[Journal article]Authored by: Gardner, D., Laird, I., Legg, S.
Legg, SJ., Laird, IS., Olsen, KB., & Hasle, P. (2014). Creating healthy work in small enterprises - from understanding to action: summary of current knowledge. International Journal of Small Enterprise Research. 21(2), 139-147 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rser20
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Laird, IS. (2014). Lifelong learning. Safeguard. (147), 33-33 Retrieved from http://www.safeguard.co.nz/databases/modus/safeguard/sgmagazine/toc?tid=395234736#section-3
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Mathews, M., & Laird, IS. (2014). Employee perspective on the nature and effectiveness of safety behaviour interventions in the New Zealand workplace. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment. 30(2), 1-17
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Legg, SJ., Olsen, KB., Laird, IS., & Hasle, P. (2014). Managing safety in small and medium sized enterprises. Safety Science. 71, 189-196
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.Edited by: Legg, S.
Laird, IS. (2012). The pillars revisited. Safeguard. (131), 17-18
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, I., Clark, M., & Perry, M. (2012). An evaluation of a national introductory agrichemical safety training program in New Zealand. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment. 28(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Foster, B., Rasmussen, E., Murrie, J., & Laird, I. (2011). Supportive legislation, unsupportive employers and collective bargaining in New Zealand. Relations Industrielles. 66(2), 192-212
[Journal article]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Laird, I., Olsen, K., Harris, LA., Legg, S., & Perry, MJ. (2011). Utilising the characteristics of small enterprises to assist in managing hazardous substances in the workplace. International Journal of Workplace Health Management. 4(2), 140-163
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Olsen, K., Harris, L., Laird, I., Legg, S., Perry, M., & Hasle, P. (2010). Differential intervention strategies to improve the management of hazardous chemicals in small enterprises. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. 8(2), 57-76
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Legg, S., Olsen, K., Lamm, F., Laird, I., Harris, L., & Hasle, P. (2010). Understanding the programme theories underlying national strategies to improve the working environment in small businesses. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. 8(2), 5-35
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Eng, A., 'T Mannetje, A., Cheng, S., Douwes, J., Ellison-Loschmann, L., McLean, D., . . . Pearce, N. (2010). The New Zealand workforce survey I: Self-reported occupational exposures. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 54(2), 144-153
[Journal article]Authored by: Douwes, J., Ellison-Loschmann, E., Eng, A., Gander, P., Laird, I., Legg, S., McLean, D., 't Mannetje, A.
Laird, IS. (2009). Inhalable and respirable dust exposure during farming operations in New Zealand agriculture. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety. 25(5), 385-392
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2009). Ergonomics myths and misconceptions. Health and safety guide. 53, 25-25
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Foster, B., Murrie, J., & Laird, I. (2009). It takes two to tango: Evidence of a decline in institutional industrial relations in New Zealand. Employee Relations. 31(5), 503-514
[Journal article]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Laird, IS. (2008). Training for a health and safety career. Health & Safety Guide. , 39-39
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2008). Turning professional. Safeguard.
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2008). Review: Where's the cheese?. Safeguard. , 42-42
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2007). Why does size matter?. Safeguard. , 18-19
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS., Goldsmith, R., Pack, RJ., & Vitalis, A. (2002). The effect on heart rate and facial skin temperature of wearing respiratory protection at work. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 46(2), 143-148
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Bentley, TA., Page, SJ., & Laird, IS. (2001). Erratum: Accidents in the New Zealand adventure tourism industry (Safety Science 38 (1) (31-48) PII: S0925753500000539). Safety Science. 39(1-2), 133
[Journal article]Authored by: Bentley, T., Laird, I.
Bentley, TA., Page, SJ., & Laird, IS. (2001). Accidents in the New Zealand adventure tourism industry (vol 38, pg 31, 2001). SAFETY SCIENCE. 39(1-2), 133-133
[Journal article]Authored by: Bentley, T., Laird, I.
Bentley, T., Page, S., Meyer, D., Chalmers, D., & Laird, I. (2001). How safe is adventure tourism in New Zealand? An exploratory analysis. Applied Ergonomics. 32(4), 327-338
[Journal article]Authored by: Bentley, T., Laird, I.
Bentley, TA., Page, S., & Laird, IS. (2001). Accidents in the New Zealand adventure tourism industry. Safety Science. 38, 31-48
[Journal article]Authored by: Bentley, T., Laird, I.
Smart, R., Ewing Jarvie, S., & Laird, IS. (2000). Business continuity planning in New Zealand. globalcontinuity.com.
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.
Bentley, TA., Page, SJ., & Ian Laird, S. (2000). Safety in New Zealand's adventure tourism industry: The client accident experience of adventure tourism operators. Journal of Travel Medicine. 7(5), 239-245
[Journal article]Authored by: Bentley, T., Laird, I.
Laird, IS., Pack, RJ., & Carr, DH. (1993). A survey on the use and non-use of respiratory protective equipment in workplaces in a provincial New Zealand city. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 37(4), 367-376
[Journal article]Authored by: Laird, I.

Book

Olsen, KB., & Laird, IS. (Eds.) (2013). USE 2013 Proceedings. Understanding small enterprises. From USE to action: Transforming our understanding of small enterprises into practice to create healthy working lives in healthy businesses. : Massey University & AUT University
[Edited Book]Authored by: Olsen, K.Edited by: Laird, I., Olsen, K.
Bentley, T., Page, SJ., & Laird, I. (2002). Managing tourist safety: The experience of the adventure tourism industry. In Managing Tourist Health and Safety in the New Millennium. (pp. 85 - 97).
[Chapter]Authored by: Bentley, T., Laird, I.

Report

Legg, SJ., Battisti, M., Harris, L., Laird, IS., Lamm, F., Massey, CL., . . . Olsen, KB.(2009). Occupational health and safety in small businesses. : National Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee
[Technical Report]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Massey, C., Olsen, K.
Laird, IS., Olsen, KB., Harris, L., Legg, SJ., & Perry, MJ.(2009). The development of preventive interventions to reduce hazardous chemical exposures in small business in New Zealand. : Injury Prevention Group Accident Compensation Corporation
[Technical Report]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Laird, IS., Olsen, KB., Clark, MR., Harris, L., & Perry, MJ. (2007). Review to international literature relating to airborne substances, exposure and control.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Laird, I., Olsen, K.
Laird, IS. (2007). Review of injury prevention programme evaluation models.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2006). Guidelines for the evaluation of OHS interventions.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS., & Perry, M.(2006). The characteristics of SME's and the implications for intervention research.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2003). Ministerial inquiry into the management of certain hazardous substances in workplaces. Department of Labour.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Laird, I.

Conference

Foster, B., Farr, D., & Laird, I. (2015, October). The inter-relationship between Employment Relations and Occupational Health and Safety Practices in SMEs: Testing a theoretical perspective. Presented at Understanding Small Enterprises (USE) Conference 2015
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I.
Foster, B., Farr, D., & Laird, I. (2015). The inter-relationship between Employment Relations Practices and Occupational Health and Safety Practices in SMEs: Testing a theoretical perspective.. http://www.useconference.com/images/custom/online_proceedings_use_2015_lr_2.pdf. (pp. 250 - 267). : Understanding Small Enterprises 'A Healthy Working Life in a Healthy Business
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2015, April). Occupational noise sources, exposures and controls in small enterprises in New Zealand. Presented at 10th International Occupational Hygiene Association International Scientific Conference 2015. London.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2015, March). Occupational Health: Creating healthy workplaces – now and in the future. Presented at Safety 360; Occupational Health Conference. SkyCity Convention Centre.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Pandey, B., Laird, IS., Olsen, KB., Hasle, P., & Legg, SJ. (2013). Participatory practices and understanding of occupational health and safety risk in small businesses. USE 2013 Proceedings. Understanding small enterprises. From USE to action. (pp. 342 - 343). : USE 2013, From USE to action: Transforming our understanding of small enterprises into practice to create healthy working lives in healthy businesses
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Coetzee, DT., Foster, AB., & Laird, I. (2012, November). A 'Good Employer' perceptions and practice in small enterprises. Presented at 15th Labour, Employment and Work Conference (LEW). Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Farr, D., Laird, I.
Coetzee, D., Foster, B., & Laird, IS. (2013). A 'Good Employer' perceptions and practice in small enterprises. Labour, Employment and Work in New Zealand. (pp. 1 - 11). : 15th Labour Employment and Work (LEWS)
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, I., McBride, D., Legg, S., Dickinson, P., McLaren, S., & Gardner, D. (2012, October). Effective strategies in the prevention of noise induced hearing loss. Presented at 11th Biannual Safety 2012 World Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gardner, D., Laird, I., Legg, S.
Laird, I., McBride, D., Legg, S., Dickinson, P., McLaren, S., & Gardner, D. (2012). Effective strategies in the prevention of noise induced hearing loss. In Injury Prevention Vol. Supplement 1 (pp. A13 - A13). , 11th Biannual Safety 2012 World Conference: BMJ Publishing Group
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gardner, D., Laird, I., Legg, S.
Laird, IS. (2011, October). Effective strategies in the prevention of NIHL. Presented at Occupational Safety and Health Industry Group (OHSIG) Conference. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, I., & McBride, D. (2011). The epidemiology and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in New Zealand. In Occupational and Environmental Medicine Vol. 68 (pp. A102 - A102). , 22nd International Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health London: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Laird, I.
Pandey, BR., Larid, IS., Olsen, KB., Hasle, P., & Legg, SJ.(2011, October 26). Relating OHS risks to workplace relation: case study of a restaurant and café industry. In OHSIG Conference and Exhibition, 16-18 October 2011, Delegate Handbook(pp. 28 - 28). , Towards 2020 Challenges and Changes in OH&S. OHSIG 2011
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Laird, IS., & McBride, D. (2011, September). The epidemiology and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss in New Zealand.. Presented at 22nd International Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health. Oxford.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Gardner, DH., Laird, I., Dickinson, P., Hoek, J., Legg, S., & McBride, D. (2011, June). Safety climate, attitudes to noise and noise exposure in New Zealand workplaces. Presented at IOP 2011: 9th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference: Connectivity in a dynamic world: Human connection in a world of rapid change. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gardner, D., Laird, I., Legg, S.
Laird, I., Johnston, K., McBride, D., Grimmer Somers, K., Legg, S., Dickinson, P., . . . Hoek, J. (2010). Effective strategies in the prevention of noise induced hearing loss. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Sustainability in Acoustics, ISSA 2010. (pp. 1 - 9).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Gardner, D., Laird, I., Legg, S., McLaren, S.
Laird, I., Johnston, K., McBride, D., Grimmer Somers, K., Legg, S., Dickinson, P., . . . Hoek, J. (2010). Effective strategies in the prevention of noise induced hearing loss. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Sustainability in Acoustics 2010. (pp. 1 - 9).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Gardner, D., Laird, I., Legg, S.
Foster, B., Rasmussen, E., Murrie, A., & Laird, I. (2009, August). Employer attitudes toward collective bargaining: Surveys of employers role and attitudes in New Zealand. Presented at IIRA World Congress. Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Foster, B., Laird, I., Murrie, A., & Rasmussen, E. (2009). Employer attitudes toward collective bargaining: Surveys of employers role and attitudes in New Zealand. (pp. 1 - 2). : IIRA World Congress
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Legg, SJ., Battisti, M., Harris, L., Laird, IS., Lamm, F., Massey, CL., . . . Wagstaffe, M. (2009, October). Small business owners awareness of health and safety legislation and targeted programmes. Presented at Understanding Small Enterprises - a healthy working life in a healthy business. Elsinore, Denmark.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Massey, C., Olsen, K.
Pandey, BR., Laird, IS., & Legg, SJ. (2009). Understanding occupational health and safety participatory practice in small businesses. In HJ. Limbog, C. Klitgaard, & P. Dukholm (Eds.) USE2009: Understanding Small Enterprises - a healthy working life in a healthy business. (pp. 76 - 76).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S.
Laird, IS., Olsen, KB., Harris, L., Legg, SJ., & Perry, M. (2009). Utilising the characteristics of small enterprises to assist in managing hazardous substances in the workplace. In HJ. Limbog, C. Klitgaard, & P. Dukholm (Eds.) USE2009: Understanding Small Enterprises - a healthy working life in a healthy business. (pp. 116 - 116).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Olsen, KB., Harris, L., Laird, IS., Legg, SJ., Noble, AD., & Perry, M. (2009). Occupational health and safety management of chemicals in small businesses in three industries in New Zealand. In HJ. Limbog, C. Klitgaard, & P. Dukholm (Eds.) USE2009: Understanding Small Enterprises - a healthy working life in a healthy business. (pp. 626 - 645).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Legg, SJ., Olsen, KB., Harris, L., Lamm, F., Laird, IS., Massey, CL., . . . Battisti, M. (2009). Small business owners awareness of health and safety legislation and targeted programmes. In HJ. Limbog, C. Klitgaard, & P. Dukholm (Eds.) USE2009: Understanding Small Enterprises - a healthy working life in a healthy business. (pp. 94 - 94).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Massey, C., Olsen, K.
Pandey, BR., Laird, IS., & Legg, SJ. (2009). Understanding participation in occupational health and safety practices in small businesses.. In 10th Annual New Zealand Work Research Conference for Research Students(pp. unpaged). : Waikato University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S.
Eng, AJ., 't Mannetje, AM., Ellison Loschmann, EA., McLean, DJ., Gander, PH., Glass, B., . . . Pearce, NE. (2008). Occupational risk factors for asthma in the New Zealand population. In Symposium on Occupational Health in New Zealand: Challenges & Opportunities(pp. 8). : Occupational Health
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Gander, P., Laird, I., Legg, S., McLean, D., 't Mannetje, A.
Laird, IS. (2008). Intervention effectiveness research - do we really want to know?. Occupational Health & Safety Industry Group Conference. (pp. 1 - 6).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2008). Intervention effectiveness research: Do we really want to know?. In Occupational Health and Safety Industry Group Conference: Occupational Health and Safety Industry Group
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS., Harris, L., Perry, MJ., & Legg, SJ. (2008). The development of preventive interventions to reduce hazardous chemical exposures in small business in New Zealand. In Occupational Health and Safety Industry Group: Occupational Health and Safety Industry Group
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S.
Lamm, F., Legg, SJ., Battisti, M., Harris, L., Laird, IS., Massey, CL., . . . Olsen, KB. (2008). Occupational health and safety in small businesses: Which way forward?. Occupational Health & Safety Industry Group Inaugural Conference. (pp. 1 - 5).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Massey, C., Olsen, K.
Laird, IS., Olsen, KB., Harris, L., Perry, MJ., & Legg, S. (2008). The development of preventive interventions to reduce hazardous chemical exposures in small business in New Zealand.. Occupational Health and Safety Group Inaugural Conference. (pp. 1 - 4).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I., Olsen, K.
Laird, IS. (2007, March). Preventing chemical exposures: A review of intervention effectiveness research. Presented at 3rd Annual Managing Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods Conference. Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2007, September). Effectiveness of interventions to reduce chemical exposures in small business in New Zealand research upddate. Presented at New Zealand Institute of Safety Management Conference. Napier, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2007, August). Evaluating OHS interventions and measuring performance in OHS. Presented at SH&E Co-ordinator Conference. Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2007). Evaluating ohs interventions & measuring performance in ohs. Poster session presented at the meeting of SH&E Co-ordinator Conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Laird, I.
Foster, B., McAndrew, I., Murrie, AJ., & Laird, IS. (2006). Employer attitudes to collective bargaining in regional New Zealand. 21st Century Work: High Road or Low Road. (pp. 179 - 189).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I., Murrie, A.
't Mannetje, AM., Eng, AJ., Douwes, JE., Ellison Loschmann, EA., Gander, PH., Glass, B., . . . Pearce, NE. (2006). Determinants of participation in an occupational health survey in New Zealand. In Australasian Epidemiological Association 15th Annual Conference(pp. 107). : AEA
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Douwes, J., Ellison-Loschmann, E., Eng, A., Gander, P., Laird, I., Legg, S., McLean, D., 't Mannetje, A.
Eng, AJ., 't Mannetje, AM., Douwes, JE., Ellison Loschmann, EA., Gander, PH., Glass, B., . . . Pearce, NE. (2006). Occupational risk factors for asthma in the New Zealand population. In Australasian Epidemiological Association 15th Annual Conference(pp. 33). : AEA
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Douwes, J., Ellison-Loschmann, E., Eng, A., Gander, P., Laird, I., Legg, S., McLean, D., 't Mannetje, A.
Foster, B., McAndrew, I., Murrie, AJ., & Laird, IS. (2006). Employer attitudes to collective bargaining in regional New Zealand. In B. Pocock, C. Provis, & E. Willis (Eds.) Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 179 - 190).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Foster, AB., Laird, IS., McAndrew, I., & Murrie, AJ. (2005). Employer attitudes as a factor in union stagnation in New Zealand. International Employment Relations Association 13th Annual Conference. (pp. 1 - 15).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Foster, B., Murrie, AJ., Laird, IS., & McAndrew, I. (2006). Employer attitudes as a factor in union stagnation in New Zealand. 14th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association. (pp. 1 - 5).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Laird, IS. (2005, March). Enhancing your career as a health and safety professional - What are your future options?. Presented at 11th OH&S MasterClass. Spencer on Byron, Byron Bay, Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Foster, BB., Laird, IS., McAndrew, I., & Murrie, JJ. (2005). Employer attitudes as a factor in union stagnation in New Zealand. The 13th annual International Employment Relations Association Conference. (pp. 1 - 16). Sydney, NSW
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2003, October). Managing hazardous substances: Aren't we doing well?. Presented at 8th Annual Occupational Health & Safety MasterClass. Duxton Hotel, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2002, October). Health, safety and profitability - ''Good health is good business''. Presented at The 6th Occupational Health and Safety MasterClass. Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Bentley, TA., Parker, R., Ashby, L., Tappin, DJ., Moore, DC., Legg, S., . . . Laird, IS. (2002). Understanding slips, trips and falls in two major New Zealand industry sectors. Poster session presented at the meeting of Putting Research to Work: Proceedings of the 11th Conference of the New Zealand Ergonomics Society. Wellington, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Bentley, T., Laird, I.
Laird, IS.(2002). Health, safety and profitability - A critical review of the evidence. Paper presented at the meeting of 6th Annual Occupational Health and Safety MasterClass
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2001, February). New directions for the future. Presented at 3rd Occupational Health and Safety MasterClass. Centra Hotel, Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2001, October). Understanding the success or failure of health and safety management systems. Presented at The4th Annual Occupational Health and Safety MasterClass. Duxton Hotel, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Phipps, RA., Laird, IS., & Wall, G. (2001, April). Decision support for healthy office building design: A conceptual framework. Presented at CIB World Building Congress. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I., Phipps, R.
Phipps, RA., Laird, IS., & Wall, GL.(2001). Decision support for healthy office building design: A conceptual framework. Paper presented at the meeting of CIB World Building Congress
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Laird, I., Phipps, R.
Laird, IS.(2001). Understanding the success or failure of health and safety management systems. Paper presented at the meeting of Presentation to the 4th Annual Occupational Health and Safety Masterclass
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS.(2001). New directions for the future. Paper presented at the meeting of 3rd Annual Occupational Health and Safety Masterclass
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2000, June). Survey on perceived hazards and prevalence of work related symptoms among medical laboratory staff in New Zealand. Presented at Proceedings of the Research for the Future, New Zealand Tertiary Sector Occupational Health and Safety Conference. Universal College of Learning, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2000, June). Occupational health and safety research for the future. Presented at Proceedings of the Research for the Future, New Zealand Tertiary Sector Occupational Health and Safety Conference. Universal College of Learning, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2000, September). Research priorities in occupational health and safety. Presented at New Zealand Occupational Health Nurses Association and the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management Combined Conference and Exhibition. Sheraton Hotel, Rotorua, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Laird, I.
Bentley, TA., Page, SJ., Meyer, DH., Chalmers, D., & Laird, IS. (2000, October). How safe is adventure tourism in New Zealand? An exploratory analysis. . Adelaide, SA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bentley, T., Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2000). Research priorities in occupational health and safety. Combined Conference and Exhibition. (pp. 1 - 7). Rotorua, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS.(2000). Occupational health and safety in oiled wildlife response operations. Paper presented at the meeting of Presentation to the Oiled Wildlife Response Wash Course, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2000). Survey on perceived hazards and prevalence of work related symptoms among medical laboratory staff in New Zealand. Proceedings of the New Zealand Tertiary Sector Occupational Health and Safety Conference. Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2000). Occupational health and safety research for the future. Keynote address to the New Zealand Tertiary Education Occupational Health and Safety Conference: Research for the Futur. (pp. 1 - 8). Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I.

Other

legg, SJ., Olsen, KB., laird, IS., & Hasle, P. (2015). Managing safety in small and medium enterprises. (pp. 189 - 298). Elsevier
[Other]Authored by: Laird, I., Olsen, K.Edited by: Laird, I., Olsen, K.
Legg, SJ., laird, IS., Olsen, KB., & Hasle, P. (2014). Understanding small enterprises: Healthy lives in healthy businesses. (pp. 139 - 147). Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
[Other]Authored by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.Edited by: Laird, I., Legg, S., Olsen, K.
Laird, IS., Dickinson, P., McLaren, SJ., Legg, SJ., Hoek, JA., Gardner, DH., . . . McBride, D. (2008). Prevention of noise induced hearing loss.
[Other]Authored by: Gardner, D., Laird, I., Legg, S., McLaren, S.
Laird, IS. (2008). Young workers & OSH.
[Other]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2008). Lifetime study.
[Other]Authored by: Laird, I.
Laird, IS. (2008). OSH management in SMEs.
[Other]Authored by: Laird, I.
Foster, AB., Rasmussen, E., Laird, IS., Murrie, AJ., & Cawte, T. (2008). Employer attitudes toward collective bargaining survey of employers role and attitudes in New Zealand. Presented at Wellington, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 3
CoSupervisor 2 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Brendan Stevenson - PhD
    Measuring Maori Identity and Health: Maori Differentiated Cultural Cohorts

CoSupervisor of:

  • Miha Ua-Cookson - PhD
    Strengthening the Public Health Workforce in Aotearoa Beyond 2025
  • Deirdre Farr - PhD
    Effective worker voice and participation in employment relations and occupational health and safety.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Renee Hislop - PhD
    The effect of estrogen and progesterone on sex differences in susceptibility to noise induced hearing loss
  • 2013 - Bikram Raj Pandey - PhD
    Understanding Occupational Health and Safety Risks and Participatory Practices in Small Businesses: Qualitative case studies of three small cafe and restaurant businesses
  • 2002 - Mr Simon Antony Ewing-Jarvie - PhD
    Preparedness for and Management of Organisational Disruption in New Zealand: A Descriptive Exploration from the Human Resource Management Perspective.

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2011 - Robert Lateef Khan - PhD
    A Study of Fiji Indian Migrants in NZ: Their Migration and Settlement Management and Experiences
  • 2002 - Ms Robyn Anna Phipps - PhD
    Development of a Decision Support System for the Design of Good Indoor Air Quality in Office Buildings.

External Members

The group also includes a number of Massey Postgraduate (Master & PhD) students.

Publications & Projects

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

  • Rasmussen, E.  Foster, B. Farr D (forthcoming) ‘_The battle over employers’ demands for ‘more flexibility’: attitudes of New Zealand employers.  Employee Relations
    http://www.useconference.com/online_programme_use2015_conference.pd_____

  • Foster, B., Rasmussen, E., & Coetzee, D. (2014). Employment Relations: Employer attitudes and their ability to facilitate a high skill, high wage economy. In A. Pyman, & A. North (Eds.), 28th AIRAANZ Work Employment and Human Resources. Melbourne, Australia. Retrieved from http://www.airaanzconference2014.com/AIRAANZHandbook2014-FINAL-low%20res.pdf

  • Coetzee, D., Foster, B., & laird, I. (2013). A 'Good Employer' perceptions and practice in small enterprises. In Blunfeld (Ed.), Labour, Employment and Work in New Zealand (pp. 1-11). Wellington. Retrieved from http://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/LEW/article/view/1987/1809

  • Rasmussen, E., Foster, B., & Coetzee, D. (2013). Transforming New Zealand employment relations: The role played by employer strategies, behaviours and attitudes. In International Labour and Employment Relations Association 8th Asian regional conference:  Work and employment in the Asian Century. Melbourne.

  • Foster, B., Rasmussen, E. & Coetzee, D. (2012) ’Ideology versus reality: New Zealand employer attitudes to legislative change of employment relations.’ New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 37(3): 50-64.

  • Rasmussen, E., Foster, B., & Murrie, J. (2012). The decline in collectivisim and employer attitudes and behaviours:  Facilitating a high-skill, knowledge economy?. In 16th International Labour and Employment Relations Association World Congress (pp. 1-21). Philadelphia United States.

  • Foster, B., Rasmussen, E. Murrie, J. & Laird, (2011) Supportive legislation, unsupportive employers and collective bargaining in New Zealand. Relations Industrielles 66(2): 192-212.

  • Rasmussen, E. & Foster, B. (2011). Productivity Implications of Changing Employer Attitudes and Strategies. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations 36(2): 61-76.

  • Foster, B., Murrie, J. & Laird, I. (2009) ‘It takes two to tango: evidence of a decline in institutional industrial relations in New Zealand’. Employee Relations 31(5): 503-514.

  • Foster, B., Laird, I.,  McAndrews, I and Murrie, I. (2006) Employers attitudes as a factor in union stagnation in New Zealand.  Research presentation proceedings of the International Industrial Research Association 14th World Congress 11-14 September 2006 Lima, Peru.

  • Farr, D, & Foster,  B. (2015). Defining a healthy and safe work environment in SEs in New Zealand:  A study of the 'good employer'.. In Understanding Small Enterprises (USE) Conference. Groningen The Netherlands. Retrieved from http://www.useconference.com/images/custom/online_proceedings_use_2015_lr_2.pdf

  • Foster, B., Farr, D., & Laird, I. (2015). The inter-relationship between Employment Relations Practices and Occupational Health and Safety Practices in SMEs: Testing a theoretical perspective.. In Understanding Small Enterprises 'A Healthy Working Life in a Healthy Business (pp. 250-267). Groningen  Hanze UAS Netherlands.

  • HRINZ magazine (2014). The inter-relationship of ER practices and OHS outcomes in SMEs Barry Foster,  Ian Laird and Deirdre Farr

FUNDING

  • Dept of Labour (NZ Industrial Relations Foundation)
  • MURF
  • AUT - Bargaining Attitudes of Employers
  • School of Management
  • AUT - Employers attitudes to legislative changes
  • NZ Industrial Relations Foundation_(MBIE) Utilising employment relations practices to enhance occupational health and safety outcomes in small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) in the Central North Island. 2014 

SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

  • HRINZ- 2012
  • Massey - 2010
  • AUT -2009 
  • AUT - 2016
  • MBIE - 2015 report

Contact

Enquiries related to the group can be directed to the group coordinator, Mr. Barry Foster.

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