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OUR ACTIONS

Purata will do this through committing to the following activities:

1. Leadership

1.1 We will develop a safety leadership programme that includes:

  1. Measureable undertakings by senior leaders including 'Gemba' safety walks, daily meeting with safety discussion, first item on all meeting agendas.
  2. Documented expectations of safety behaviours at all levels of the Purata team.

2. Engagement & Consultation

2.1 Our people will be provided with a reasonable opportunity to participate in the improvement of health and safety management at work. All farms will have an active employee participation system which may include:

  1. Employee involvement in hazard identification and management.
  2. Electing employees to act as health and safety representatives.
  3. Electing employees to serve on health and safety committees.
  4. Processes for ensuring regular and cooperative interaction between Purata management and Purata employees on health and safety matters.
  5. A process for review.

3. Critical Risks

3.1  We will identify and effectively manage all critical-risk work activities.

3.2  We will ensure there are policies and procedures in place for the following critical-risk activities, where they are applicable:

  1. All activities requiring notification and certified qualification where outlined in legislation.
  2. Working at height.
  3. Confined space.
  4. Electricity.
  5. Effluent ponds.
  6. Mobile plant and machinery such as motorbikes, ATVs, tractors, rollers.
  7. Dairy sheds.
  8. Livestock handling.
  9. Chemical handling.

4. Farm Safety Risks

4.1 We will use functional farm-specific Safety Plans.
4.2 We will ensure all contractors complete and maintain a plan for each site with at least the following content:

  1. Maintained hazard register.
  2. A current training and competency register.
  3. Job safety analysis and task analysis.
  4. Notifiable works.
  5. Attendance register.

4.3  Evidence of an emergency management plan.

4.4  We will ensure sites are isolated appropriately to reduce the risk of unexpected or unwanted access.

5. Reporting

5.1 We will have systems for the accurate reporting and recording of all incidents, accidents, near misses and hazards. These systems will allow industry benchmarking and include reporting on lead and lag indicators as follows:

Lead indicators

  1. Daily team safety meetings.
  2. Audits and inspections (internal and external)
  3. Safety talks.
  4. Near miss incidents.

Lag indicators

  1. Fatalities.
  2. Serious harm injuries
  3. Lost time injuries.
  4. Medical treatment injuries.
  5. First aid injuries.

6. Training

6.1 All Purata employees will receive basic health and safety training prior to starting work. At all times Purata employees will be qualified to perform their work unless they are supervised. Basic training will include the following:

  1. Safety principles and legislation.
  2. Hazard identification and the hierarchy of controls.
  3. The relevance of on farm induction and farm-specific safety plans.
  4. High-risk work activity and what safe looks like for relevant tasks.
  5. Promoting positive safety behaviour and culture.
  6. The consequences of poor health and safety practices.
  7. Knowledge assessment specific to the task.

7. Farm Induction

7.1 All Purata employees, contractors and visitors will be fully inducted to farms or supervised by the person in charge. This induction must include the following:

  1. Contact details of the farm manager and/or 2-I-C and the contractor/visitor.
  2. A sign in and sign out procedure.
  3. Provision of information on the farm safety plan, farm hazards, controls and farm rules.
  4. Procedures for reporting of all accidents and near miss incidents.
  5. Reporting of any medical conditions that may impact on your own safety or the safety of others.
  6. The farm emergency plan, farm layout, safety data sheets and first aid facilities.
  7. Hazard management plans for all hazards being brought onto the site by external contractors.

8. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

8.1 PPE will be worn at all times by every person on farm. No exceptions, no excuses. The minimum PPE or Personal Protective Clothing (PPC) standard is:

  1. Motor bike helmet
  2. Hi-vis clothing.
  3. Safety footwear
  4. Medium impact safety glasses,rubber gloves and respirator masks when handling chemicals.
  5. Other PPE to be identified and used following a risk assessment process.

9. Impairment

9.1 The safety of our Purata people must not be compromised by anyone under the influence of drugs, alcohol or fatigue. The drug and alcohol policy will include:

  1. A commitment to work with Purata employees, their representatives and contractors to promote a work environment free from drugs and alcohol.
  2. A programme for random drug testing, post-incident, and reasonable cause drug and alcohol testing through a reputable company, occupational nurse or medical professional.
  3. Provision to remove anyone from any Purata worksite who is deemed ‘unfit for work’ or ‘under the influence’, or where the presence of drugs or alcohol is in excess of accepted standards (in order to comply with the legal duties under the HSE Act 1992).
  4. Provision of drug and alcohol support and rehabilitation assistance for Purata employees where appropriate.

9.2 The fatigue management plan will:

  1. Recognise fatigue as a possible hazard and should be discussed at team meetings.
  2. Identify possible work design risks  that may cause fatigue.
  3. Identify where fatigue related impairment may cause safety risks e.g. riding a motorbike, driving a tractor.
  4. Ensure appropriate counselling services are available for Purata people.

10. Health and Wellbeing

10.1 We will actively promote injury management and the health and wellness of Purata people. This will include:

  1. Education and information about health risks associated with work tasks and activity, such as calving time.
  2. Education and operational procedures on injury management including roles and responsibilities.
  3. Monitoring for known significant hazards, such as noise.
  4. Provision of annual influenza vaccination programme.