EXTERNAL RELATIONS

The target of the external relations portfolio is to build on community and local government relationships whilst being the advocate for kiwifruit growers on wider issues such as health and safety and resource management.

Health & safety

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) is New Zealand’s workplace health and safety law that came into effect on 4 April 2016 and is part of a reform package aimed at reducing the number of serious work-related injuries and deaths by at least 25 percent by 2020. The new HSWA shifts the focus from monitoring and recording health and safety incidents to proactively identifying and managing risks so everyone is safe and healthy.

NZKGI & Zespri Health & Safety Guidance Material

In collaboration with Zespri, NZKGI has created guidance material to help growers understand their obligations as a PCBU (‘person conducting business or undertaking’) on the orchard.  This four-step guide sets out the steps growers need to take to manage their health and safety obligations on the orchard and includes a decision tree for growers to confirm their role as a PCBU. Click here to see the health & Safety wheel. Further resources are currently being developed for growers and will be published on the website when available.

Health & Safety Software Options Comparison Table

To help growers understand the various health & safety systems available, NZKGI engaged BECA to complete a review of 12 health & safety software products currently available in New Zealand. This review has been completed against a set of requirements identified by kiwifruit industry representatives and has been collated into a comparison table available here.  A specific recommendation has not been made as to which product should be used and this is intended to be a tool to help inform kiwifruit growers in their decision making should they choose to utilise a health and safety software system. Click here to view the comparison table.

Other resources

Worksafe New Zealand (Worksafe) is the health and safety regulator that enforces compliance with the health and safety legislation. Worksafe has a comprehensive website with tools and resources that are available for growers to use and detailed information about the new HSWA. Click here to visit the website.

There is also a website with tools and resources dedicated to agriculture. Click here to visit the Safer Farms website. If you have any queries about the HSWA, contact NZKGI or a NZKGI Forum member in the External Relations portfolio.

Important Health & Safety Documents