Question 6. Contractor Obligations:
- - All Contractors MUST COMPLY with all TMOT H&S policies and procedures, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and all other relevant Act’s, Regulations and Approved Codes of Practice
- - You will be required to undertake a site-specific induction to high-light the local hazards, ‘no-go’ areas, safe retreat zones, emergency procedures etc.
- - You will be escorted at all times unless you are appropriately trained, qualified, competent and authorised to move about the site independently.
- - You MUST wear the appropriate AS/NZS (or EN) approved standard PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) at all times.
- - The minimum PPE requirement for Visitors to any Forestry Site is an approved (fluorescent) Safety Helmet, a safety Hi-Viz jerkin (day/night) and Safety Boots.
- - The minimum PPE requirement for Visitors to any other TMOT operational site (farms etc.) is an approved safety Hi-Viz jerkin (day/night) and Safety Boots.
- - Hearing and eye protection must be worn when the relevant hazard exists.
- - All INJURIES, INCIDENTS and HAZARDS must be reported.
When any Contractor or Visitor arrives on any of our sites we WILL:
- - Stop any operations that may put you, the contractor/visitor at risk.
- - Acknowledge and meet with you.
- - Ensure that you sign the visitor’s book and that you have the appropriate PPE
- - If necessary, you will be escorted onto and around the site as required.
- - We will advise our Manager / Crew Boss that a visitor has arrived
- - We will ensure that all of the requirements, rules and actions as set out above are followed and understood by you.
All Contractor Principles
MUST Complete a separate Contractors Induction Process
- - The provision of, and evidence of H&S Plans, Policies & Processes and Safety Meetings
- - Hazard Management Procedure.
- - Appropriate PPE
- - Certification of equipment
QUALIFICATION, TRAINING & COMPETENCY
Operating plant or machinery or carrying out tasks that you are not trained for is considered a Serious Breach of the Safety Rules.
- - All Contractors/Workers MUST have evidence that they are appropriately Qualified, Trained and Competent to carry out the tasks/jobs required of them Safely & to the required Standards
- - This includes all vehicles, mobile plane and equipment.
- - TMOT may ask to see training records/qualifications especially if the work is considered high risk.
TOOLBOX (TAILGATE) & MONTHLY SAFETY MEETINGS AND SAFETY BULLETINS & NOTICES
Tool Box Meetings
MUST attend a Toolbox/Tailgate meeting before starting work each day or work period.
These are very important as they not only outline the key tasks for the day and other useful information but they also provide a timely reminder of the hazards and vital safety aspects of the job ahead.
Monthly Safety Meetings
Nation Logging holds monthly Safety Meeting’s with all crew members, workers and contractors as appropriate. Our other TMOT Business Units hold regular meetings as deemed necessary
We strongly encourage and expect contractors to attend these meetings if they are on any of our sites when these meetings are held
“We all learn something new every day and you never know you might learn something that saves you or your mates from suffering a serious injury”.
Safety Bulletins & Notices
From time-to-time Safety Bulletins & Notices will be distributed both from within the organisation and from Work Safe NZ & other Industry Organisations.
Please ensure you read these as they provide vital and important information on events, incidents, change in legislation etc. that we can learn from to help keep us safe and focussed on our health and wellbeing.
Contractors are only expected to attend TMOT Safety Toolbox / Tailgate meetings if they have time (true or false box here).
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
appropriate for the task/job MUST
be worn at all times
on Te Manawa o Tūhoe Sites.
- - All PPE must meet or exceed the relevant AS/NZS Standards
- - The PPE must be kept in a clean and good safe condition at all times.
MUST wear the following PPE at all times:
- - Day/night hi-vis vests (or other coats, jackets, etc. that meet the required standard)
- - Heavy duty forestry safety foot-wear when operating chainsaws-
- - Fallers and breaker outs Must wear spiked boots (Not to worn while driving)
- - Safety Helmet.
- - Hearing Protection as required
- - Chainsaw Operators MUST wear Safety Helmet & Visor, appropriate Safety Boots, Ear Protection (Level 5), Chaps and Safety Glasses where hazards exist.
- - Any other PPE Appropriate for the task
MUST wear PPE appropriate for the task including the following:
Failure to comply with PPE requirements will result in disciplinary action being taken that may include removal from the site.
- - Suitable PPE to protect from bio-hazards associated with handling cattle and other farm animals and associated equipment
- - Safety footwear (work boots/gumboots) where there is any risk of a foot crush/injury.
- - Day/night hi-vis vests (or clothing) when working around moving vehicles and mobile plant.
- - Appropriate face masks, eye protection, gloves, overalls etc. when handling chemicals/spraying etc.
- - The appropriate PPE when using chainsaws and other powered hand tools such as scrub cutters
If you are not sure what P.P.E. you should wear – ASK
6. If you fail to wear your P.P.E. What action may be taken?
Question 7. HAZARD MANAGEMENT
The direct and potential Hazards of each job MUST be Identified and Communicated to every worker on TMOT sites before work starts.
Appropriate Control Measures MUST be put in place to PROTECT People and the Environment from HARM.
Every contractor / worker including our own TMOT Management, Crew boss and workers are responsible for the following:
- - Starting with Good Planning is Essential
- - Ensuring that the detail and scope of all Tasks/Jobs are identified.
- - Ensure that everyone working on the Site is Appropriately TRAINED and COMPETENT to do the Task/Job SAFELY
- - That all Hazards are Identified, Control Measures are in place and the details are Recorded and Communicated to all workers before work starts.
- - Where the Hazard Register doesn’t cover the work or tasks being carried out a JSA (Job Safety Analysis) MUST be completed and the Hazard Register updated as required.
- - To confirm the Risk Level – use the RISK SCORE CALCULATOR which is available from the Business Unit manager.
- - Maps showing the hazards on the farms are available from the Farm manager.
- - Everyone working on the task/job should sign onto the JSA.
- - Regularly review your job and work processes for any new or introduced Hazards and update your control measures accordingly.
ELIMINATE – MINIMISE.
BASIC HAZARDS ON TMOT SITES
Hazards on Te Manawa o Tūhoe Sites are many and varied and before any job or task is started Check with the specific Business Unit Manager / Crew Boss and the BU HAZARD REGISTER.
Some of the Hazards you may find on TMOT Sites include (but are not limited to) the following:
- - Slips, trips and falls.
- - Manual Handling
- - Powered Hand Tools & Equipment
- - Over-head obstructions & objects falling from height.
- - Moving vehicles, mobile plant & machinery.
- - Chemicals / Hazardous Substances, Fuel, Oil, Fueling Operations
- - Fatique
- - Working in Extreme Conditions – Hot, Cold, Wet
- - Noise,
- - Discomfort Pain Injury (DPI)
- Tree Felling, Breaking Out, Chainsaws, Cable Harvesting, Wire Ropes, Tree Driving, Hang Ups, Safety Zones, Safe Retreat Areas – “Two Tree Lengths
”, Log Processors, “Chain Shot”, Skid Work, Forest Fires, Forest Roads, Dust, DPI (OOS)
– Dairy Sheds, Cattle Handling, Farm Tractors & Machinery, Effluent Ponds/Systems, Bio Hazards, Animal Diseases, Races, Bridges & Culverts, Electric Fences, Chainsaws, Post Rammers, Quad & Motor Bikes, Gas Pipe Line (Hatupere/Forest)
Hazard Identification is the Key Element for a Safe Working Environment
7. There are multiple Hazards found on TMOT Sites - please select the one that does NOT apply?
Question 10. ACCIDENT, INJURY, NEAR MISS and MINOR INCIDENT REPORTING
All Injuries, Incidents, Accidents and Near Misses MUST BE REPORTED and INVESTIGATED.
INJURY and SERIOUS INCIDENT REPORTING
After the accident scene is Secured, made Safe and any Injuries dealt with, the key requirements are:
NEAR MISS REPORTING
- - Report the incident immediately to your Manager or Supervisor and our TMOT Business Unit (BU) Manager, Supervisor or Crew Boss as appropriate.
- - If an injured person is required to go to a Doctor, A & E and/or the Hospital then they MUST be accompanied by another crew member/fellow worker.
- - In such cases the GM and/or the Health & Safety Manager must be contacted as soon as practical.
- - Remember that if there is a Notifiable Event whether Injury, Illness or incident (Serious Harm) avoid disturbing the scene, close down and “freeze” the scene until such time as it is cleared by the Work Safe NZ Inspector.
- - A full Investigation and Accident Report MUST be completed.
- - In the case of serious Notifiable Injuries or illness events (Serious Harm) – Work Safe NZ MUST be NOTIFIED “as soon as possible”.
- - The notification should only be done by the CEO, the H&S Manager or with their approval.
- - You may be required to assist in any investigation so please cooperate fully – thanks.
Our focus is on DEALING with the FACTS and LEARNING from the event – reporting a Near Miss could help prevent similar incidents re-occurring in the future.
- - A Near Miss (or Notifiable Incident) is defined as – something that happens that you believe could have caused harm to you or a fellow worker &/or the environment.
- - Every time a Near Miss is identified it MUST be REPORTED – no matter how large or small, where it is or who was carrying out the task/job.
- - Complete the Near Miss Form or if you wish you can phone, email or text.
Failure to report any Near Miss, Injury or Incident at any TMOT Site – will be treated as Serious Misconduct.
10. You only have to Report Near Misses & Minor Incidents if you:
Question 14: General Safety Guidelines
Smoking is BANNED inside and around all TMOT buildings, houses, vehicles, mobile plant and offices whether owned or leased by the Company/Trust.
Everyone (workers, contractors and visitors may only smoke in designated external areas. If there is no specific designated smoking area, then you MUST leave the site if you wish to smoke.
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
The use of Mobile Phones and other electronic devices is BANNED IN ALL OPERATIONAL AREAS. This includes in all Vehicles, Mobile Plant, Machinery, On & Around Skids, Tree Felling, Farming Operations etc.
- - All equipment must be in good Safe Working Condition & fit for purpose
- - All electrical leads, tools & appliances MUST have a current Electrical Tag.
- - Ensure leads, hoses, equipment & tools do not create a trip hazard for others
The Exceptions are:
FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION BEING TAKEN.
14. Mobile Phones and other electronic devices are Banned in All TMOT Operational
- - Crew Bosses/Managers who require cell phones for work purposes/emergencies etc.
- - Other Approved & Designated workers who require mobile phone communication for work purposes
- - In Smoke Rooms/Containers / Non-Work Areas, at meal breaks &/or outside of work time.
Question 15 General Safety Guidelines - Part 2
Poor Manual Handling of Tools & Equipment is recognised as one of the most common causes of Workplace Injuries.
- - Plan your work
- - Use correct lifting methods
- - Seek help when needed – share the load.
- - Use appropriate lifting equipment where possible
- - Wear gloves to protect hands & fingers.
- - Remove/eliminate sharp edges, spikes, sprags etc.
Tiredness and fatigue issues can contribute too or cause serious accidents.
Manage work time and rest time responsibly to avoid fatigue – the general guidelines are no more than 13 hours in a 24hour period with a 10hour break and a maximum of 70 hours in any working week and then a minimum of a 24hour break.
Other contributing factors to fatigue are:
- - Nature of the job
- - Heat/Cold/Wet conditions
- - Distance travelled to & from home
- - Level of Fitness
Good Housekeeping is essential to a Safe Work Place and the Prevention of Pollution.
CHEMICAL / HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
There are numerous types and quantities of Chemicals/Hazardous Substances stored and used on TMOT sites.
- - Keep all Work Areas clean and tidy and clear of waste material, debris, unused equipment etc. – keep a check for trip hazards.
- - Ensure access ways, roads, escape routes are kept clear at all times.
- - When not in use store all tools, plant, equipment and material in a safe designated area.
- - Tidy and clean work area on a regular basis.
- - Dispose of waste material responsibly
In the event of a Hazardous Chemical Splash:
- - Any chemicals brought onto TMOT sites MUST be APPROVED, have MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and have a SAFETY MANAGEMENT PLAN / EMERGENCY PROCEDURES in place - BEFORE they are brought onto site.
- - All Chemicals must be correctly labelled, stored and tracked.
- - The correct PPE must be available and used as appropriate.
- - Workers MUST be correctly trained and qualified.
- - The various TMOT Business Units have a record of their specific chemicals with MSDS sheets, and PPE available.
- - All Chemicals MUST be disposed of in the correct & safe manner.
15. What does the letters “MSDS” stand for?
- - Use the nearest water supply (preferably running water) to immediately wash the affected area for at least 15 MINUTES.
- - If in eyes – wash thoroughly with Clean Water.
- - Remove contaminated clothing, foot wear etc.
- - Call for Medical Help as soon as possible.
- - Even if the incident appears minor you MUST ensure the person concerned has Medical Treatment.
- - If safe to do so, take the appropriate steps to control the spill
Question 16: ENVIRONMENTAL
Care of the Environment is vital – we have a Legal and Moral responsibility to protect our environment for future generations.
Our Key Environmental Objectives are:
WHAT CAN WE DO?
- - Ensure that our Forestry, Farming, Logging and all other current &/or future operations:
- - Do not impact on the environment in any way – this includes waste-water, farm effluent, runoff, erosion, dust, noise, odour, chemicals, oils, fuel, hazardous substances etc.
- - Ensure all of our operations support a sustainable future.
- - That we do NOT adversely affect Waahi tapu, historic, and other sites of cultural significance.
- - That we minimise the effects on fish & wildlife habitats and other natural resources.
- - That we monitor and review our Environmental performance
- Pre-plan and Control any potential wastes from our work operations – ensure Spill Kits and other means of Controlling Contamination are in place before work/operations begin.
- Dispose of all waste RESPONSIBLY in the Correct, Safe and Environmentally Friendly manner.
- DO NOT dispose of any waste (fuels, oils, chemicals, rubbish etc.) into rivers, creeks, waterways, land etc. or anywhere that is likely to impact on the environment.
- Report all spills, leaks, contamination IMMEDIATELY.
- If safe to do so Secure the Scene, Control leaks/spills and take the necessary actions to restrict the impact of the incident.
- Seek professional help to clean up & de-contaminate the affected area as required
- Take extra care and manage the use of fertilisers, chemicals, sprays, pesticides, herbicides and animal products.
- Good housekeeping is essential to a Safe Work Place & the Prevention of Pollution
ALL CHEMICALS USED ON TMOT SITES MUST BE APPROVED FOR USE
IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT SOMETHING – PLEASE ASK!
16. Care for the Environment is vital - “We have a Legal and Moral responsibility to protect our environment for future generations”