OSPRI H&S Charter adopted by industry
Hazardous work in remote locations presents risks for operations contractors in the front line of TBfree’s work towards the eradication of bovine tuberculosis.
The TBfree and NAIT programmes managed by OSPRI are funded by farm industry levies and government. The TBfree programme aims to achieve freedom from disease in livestock by 2026 and in possums by 2040.
To achieve those goals, OSPRI employs almost 300 contractors to manage trapping, toxic bait and surveillance operations across more than five million hectares of New Zealand farm and bush country each year.
Some of that terrain is rugged and inherently dangerous, so Health & Safety is top priority all for OSPRI staff and contractors.
“We believe that protecting the health and safety of our people is good business practice and can be a normal part of everyday work. This charter goes beyond compliance and towards leadership in ensuring the health and safety of our people and our industry,” says OSPRI’s Chief Operations Officer Matthew Hall.
The company established and refined its Health & Safety Charter, and invited its principal contractors to indicate their commitment with a signing ceremony in Wellington in January. The Charter encompasses the overarching intention of OSPRI’s approach to Health & Safety:
- Vision: our work is done safely and efficiently.
- Aim: every worker goes home safe and healthy every day.
- Immediate priority: reduce the potential for serious injury or death.
“Over the past five years, the companies that do the hard yards on our behalf have noticeably improved their health and safety capability and culture; so we are now shifting our approach from top-driven compliance to collaboration and support. I hope this will encourage ownership of health and safety decisions, enable innovation and improvement, and ultimately normalise safety at the ‘sharp end’” says OSPRI Health and Safety Lead James Knapp.
Contractors will display a copy of the H&S Charter in their workplaces as a reminder to their staff of their commitment to actively promote and protect the health and wellbeing, ongoing health and safety training, risk management planning, robust two-way communication and continuous improvement.