Work­shops well re­ceived

More than sixty peo­ple from over 35 dif­fer­ent busi­nesses at­tended the free health and safety work­shops or­gan­ised by Pota­toes New Zealand.

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These work­shops pro­vided a wel­come op­por­tu­nity to be proac­tive about health and safety and im­prove un­der­stand­ing of this im­por­tant topic in a neu­tral en­vi­ron­ment.

The work­shops, run by Pota­toes NZ and WorkSafe NZ, were held in Rakaia, Winch­ester, Pukekohe, Shan­non and Ohakune dur­ing Au­gust and Septem­ber. Check the Pota­toes NZ news­let­ter for dates of fu­ture work­shops. The work­shops cov­ered the ma­jor re­quire­ments of the Health & Safety at Work Act. At­ten­dees learned how to process-map for risks on their own farms; what a work­place in­spec­tor looks for when they come on site, and learned all about Worksafe As­sess­ments.

A lo­cal work­place in­spec­tor at­tended four out of five of the work­shops, which was a great op­por­tu­nity for grow­ers to be­gin a re­la­tion­ship with Worksafe NZ and get some an­swers di­rectly from the peo­ple who ad­min­is­ter the leg­is­la­tion.

It was en­cour­ag­ing to see that the in­spec­tors had sen­si­ble ap­proaches to the is­sues, and un­der­stood what farm­ing is about and how busi­nesses may dif­fer in their ap­proaches yet still aim for the best re­sult.

Did you know…? Worksafe NZ is of­fer­ing free Work­place As­sess­ments to any busi­ness in New Zealand. They will come to your site and talk to you about your sys­tems and pro­cesses and help you to work out what you still need to do (if any­thing) to make your work­place healthy and safe for your work­ers.

Worksafe NZ and Pota­toes NZ are happy to run other work­shops wher­ever they are re­quired. The work­shops are free and will help to en­sure you are op­er­at­ing at best prac­tice in your busi­ness.

Health and safety is an im­por­tant is­sue for your busi­ness and good prac­tice in this area has been proven to add value to busi­nesses and in­crease the bot­tom line. Pota­toes NZ is pleased to sup­port its mem­ber­ship in en­gag­ing with WorkSafe NZ to pro­mote good work­place sys­tems and pro­cesses.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to book ei­ther a work­shop or a Work­place as­sess­ment, please con­tact Jus­tine Croft, ph 0800 399 674.

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