Top recognition for Dan Davis | IMPAC health and safety

12 December, 2018  |  News

Dan Davis, one of our Health and Safety Specialists, has been recognised as one of the best and brightest of the younger generation in health and safety management.

Health and Safety at Work has included him in their list of “40 under 40” outstanding health and safety professionals. Winners “collectively demonstrate the talent, skills and dedication at the younger end of the profession – and show that the future of safety is in good hands.”

Dan was selected from 160 international entrants by an expert panel of judges who met to discuss each individual’s achievements. His profile and references led him to be included in their top 40 list – congratulations on this well-deserved achievement, Dan!


Dan HASANZDan in action at the HASANZ conference earlier in the year.


Dan’s 40 under 40 profile

Dan Davis combines consultancy and training work for organisations including Napier Port Authority and Hastings District Council with voluntary activities for various safety bodies. He serves as a mentor for the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management and continuing professional development adviser for the institute’s Hawkes Bay branch.

“A trusted, go-to person for health and safety advice for a wide range of clients,” is how his referee sums up New Zealander Davis, with the breadth of activity on his profile suggesting that many agree.

Davis helped to develop New Zealand’s first NEBOSH International Diploma course, which produced the highest performing student globally in 2017.

He is also a competency assessor for the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand’s (HASANZ) professional register and was invited to speak at the HASANZ conference in 2018. He also took the podium at two other events.


“He is incredibly humble. Celebrating his own success does not come easily to him.”


He is described as “a great listener, does not judge unnecessarily and is quick to see all sides of a discussion”.

In his work advising clients, Davis describes his role as helping organisations evolve from a traditional view of safety as a cost to business, with success measured simply as the absence of accidents, to a strategic view of occupational health and safety as a driver of culture change and worker engagement.

He has produced training packages for clients, including safety leadership training for executives down to operational staff. “Dan really inspires people to view health and safety in a totally different way – as humane, ethical, positive, aligned with business goals and enabling,” says his nominator. He is also keen on deploying new technology for safety improvement and developed a methodology for using 360-degree photospheres and virtual reality headsets to replicate real workplaces during safety training.


Click here to read more about the 40 under 40 recognition or click here to meet the full list of winners.