Potato har­vester safe stop

Health & safety work­shops for our in­dus­try Two peo­ple have died and one been se­ri­ously in­jured on potato har­vesters in the last two years. These deaths and in­juries were pre­ventable.

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Let’s talk about how we keep our­selves and our work­ers safe from now on.

These work­shops are all about im­prov­ing health and safety prac­tices and will fo­cus on safety on har­vesters, and “fail­ing safely”.

• Pukekohe – Fri­day 24 Au­gust 2018: 10:30 to 12:30 pm

• Ohakune – Mon­day 27 Au­gust 2018: 10:30 to 12:30 pm

• Opiki – Tues­day 28 Au­gust 2018: 10:30 to 12:30 pm

• Rakaia – Wed­nes­day 29 Au­gust 2018: 10:30 to 12:30 pm

• Te­muka – Thurs­day 30 Au­gust 2018: 10:30 to 12:30 pm

RSVP to Jus­tine.croft@pota­toesnz.co.nz by Fri­day 17 Au­gust 2018. The venue will be ad­vised af­ter your reg­is­tra­tion is re­ceived.

These work­shops are be­ing held on potato farms or in potato pack­ing sheds. They will be prac­ti­cal and hands-on, and are de­signed to take the fear and stress out of health and safety and pro­vide grow­ers with use­ful, easy tips to keep their work­ers safe, with­out the fear of pros­e­cu­tion. We will use the Keep Safe, Keep Grow­ing tool­kit cre­ated by Hort NZ and WorkSafe NZ for New Zealand grow­ers.

WorkSafe will be at each meet­ing to an­swer your ques­tions and of­fer guid­ance through the pro­cesses re­quired.

These work­shops are free and are specif­i­cally de­signed for New Zealand potato grow­ers. Feel free to bring work­ers who you think may ben­e­fit from the work­shops, but please do reg­is­ter them be­fore the event.

The work­shops are de­signed for a max­i­mum of 15 peo­ple, so reg­is­ter now to avoid miss­ing out.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Jus­tine Croft on jus­tine.croft@ pota­toesnz.co.nz or ph. 0800-399-674.

Ed­u­ca­tion around po­ta­toes and dis­pelling myths about hot chips and their ‘fat­ten­ing’ sta­tus was a huge part of the ses­sion. At­ten­dees left with the skills re­quired to know what it takes to cook chips with sig­nif­i­cantly less fat and sodium. As one of the op­er­a­tors pointed out, “I will never look at a potato the same way again.”

Part of the Chip Group’s con­tract with the Min­istry of Health is to work closely along­side the ten dif­fer­ent Healthy Fam­i­lies groups across New Zealand and this was our first time en­gag­ing with the Far North team. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this re­la­tion­ship and host­ing sim­i­lar ses­sions through­out the coun­try.

Kate Un­der­wood is train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion man­ager, The Chip Group

op­por­tu­nity of in­creased rev­enue for the win­ning store. Be sure to vote for your favourite chip shop so they can be in to win and show them some well-de­served #spudlove. For more in­for­ma­tion on the 2018 Peo­ple’s Choice Com­pe­ti­tion head to www.thechip­group. co.nz/2018peo­pleschoice

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