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May 18th, 2015

Hearts, minds and safety

At Competenz, health and safety is top of mind. And, we are actively involved in a range of safety reviews and initiatives. As an Industry Training Organisation (ITO), we’re a key touch-point with forestry employers and learners - helping to instil safe workplace practices through the qualifications that we develop.

“It’s about hearts and minds - changing behaviour and not accepting the status quo,” says Angela Hill, Health and Safety Officer at Competenz. “We need to look after our ‘other family’ and make sure they get home safe at the end of each day.”

Independent Forestry Safety Review (IFSR)

Competenz played an active role in the IFSR, initiated and commissioned by industry to identify the likely causes and contributing factors to serious injuries and fatalities in New Zealand forestry. We helped shape the terms of reference, made submissions, attended workshops and produced a video to promote the recommendations of the review.

Review of Forestry Code of Practice

We participated in WorkSafe workshops as part of the review process - collectively working to improve practical guidelines on how to meet your health and safety obligations.

Forestry Industry Safety Summit

Competenz sponsored the 2015 Forestry Industry Safety Summit - a series of discussions focused on developing local and practical solutions. The industry must change. And, the summit brought industry together to make that change. The resultant Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) will get underway by the end of May.

Occupational Health and Safety (OSH)

We increased access to OSH Level 3 qualifications by running more programmes for our forestry companies. We have also delivered an OSH Level 4 programme, which will be available from June 2015.