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