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Fiber Fresh NEC Taupo Highlights Health and Safety

Posted by ESNZ Admin on Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ensuring a safer workplace for workers, volunteers, contractors and visitors to the Fiber Fresh National Equestrian Centre Taupo has seen an extensive review of its Health and Safety processes and policies.

Wallie Niederer, NEC convenor, says the NEC as a workplace needs to comply with the Health and Safety Reform Bill requirements coming into effect later this year.

"We have used Hazardco's Health and Safety System to assist us in our commitment to taking all practicable steps to manage the Health and Safety of our staff and visitors as required under the Health and Safety Act 1992.

"The committee and management strive to provide safe structures and facilities but we also seek cooperation of all competitors and visitors to comply with our Health and Safety objectives."

Wallie says one major change visitors to the centre will notice is the new information 'hub' located at the truck entrance beside the new covered yards.

"All our required notices with regards to health and safety, including the hazard identification, as well as important NEC information, yarding lists, contact details and maps are located in the hub.

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"Casual users will be required to acknowledge they have read and accepted the hazard induction process prior to using the facility."

To ensure the hazard identification is acknowledged, casual users will now need to fill out their 'user pays' envelope on arrival and not departure.

"For us to comply with health and safety laws all users must have acknowledged their awareness of the hazard identification, failure to do so would effectively mean they are trespassing."

Events, shows and clinics will not require individuals to sign in at the hub as the organising committee will advise competitors of the hazard identification and acceptance on entry.

"This will mean a bit of a change for our casual users to visit the honesty box on arrival but it really increases the safety for all users and means that our manager, Mark Brunton, will have more knowledge of who is using the facility."

Wallie says he expects while this may be a bit of a change initially as the Reform Bill comes into effect it will become a standardised process across the board for all workplaces.

To assist users the NEC bank account details is now available on the honesty box envelopes to pay by direct credit.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Wallie Niederer

Fiber Fresh NEC, Taupo Convenor

Ph.: 0274 930 652

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