Health & Safety

Employer Goals and Responsibilities 

Our goal is to put in place quality processes and systems, which ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of our employees, customers, the public and our environment.

Our philosophy recognizes that safety, health, environmental considerations are mutually dependent and we aim to use the full potential of every person associated within our operation to constantly seek opportunities for improvement in all these areas.  If we are unable to fulfil these objectives we will seek outside assistance (Specialist Advice).

As per the health and safety policy, Woodbank Trading Ltd is committed to the provision of a safe workplace for its employees and visitors to their worksite.  The protection of Woodbank Trading Ltd employees from accidental injury and their property from accidental damage must be everyone’s first priority.

To achieve this Management will;

  • Systematically identify hazards in conjunction with all employees;
  • Systematically manage those hazards in conjunction with all employees;
  • Manage hazards by E eliminating. I isolating or M minimising them in order of preference;
  • Ensure adequate personal protective equipment is provided and used e.g. Helmet, Visor, ear muffs, chaps, Hi Vis, steel capped boots;
  • Provide safety information to staff (e.g. red alerts);
  • Provide training or supervision so that work is done safely;
  • Monitor the health of employees by implementing and carrying out pre-employment medicals and annual health checks;
  • Set and achieve health and safety objectives that are S smart. M measurable. A achievable. R realistic & T time bound;
  • Review all hazards at least annually as set out in the hazard register, especially those that have been isolated or minimized;
  • Review performance of employees and management in regards to Health & Safety at least annually;
  • Have available and comply with all relevant legislation in regards to Health & Safety e.g. Health & Safety in employment Act 1992, Codes of Practice and all guidelines published from time to time;
  • Complete an annual ACC self-assessment (when required) prior to or during the annual Health & Safety Review;
  • Carry out a review of the Health & Safety system annually and following a critical event and implement any changes in work practices if necessary;
  • Ensure accurate reporting and recording of accidents, incidents and near hits;
  • Reward employee’s participation and performance in Health & Safety;
  • Keep up to date with Health & Safety matters and their commitment to Health & Safety by attending seminars, conferences and training forums on an annual basis;
  • Take all practicable and reasonable steps to provide and maintain a safe workplace for employees, contractors and visitors.
  • Ensure that no action or inaction causes or has the potential to cause a workplace accident
  • Ensure Worksafe NZ is notified when the initial harvest operation begins and/or change of location to another forest
  • Provide regular safety inspections and audits of our employees and contractors;
  • Hold a formal Management meeting with each crew annually.

Procurement Manager’s Responsibilities 

  • Promote and co-ordinate Health & Safety as per Health &Safety Management Plan and H&SE Act 1992 and its amendments;
  • Oversee the day to day running of all Woodbank Trading Ltd harvesting operations, ensuring they are both safe and productive;
  • Forward planning of blocks for any harvesting operations to be carried out by Woodbank Trading Ltd
  • To attend industry safety meetings or training seminars when required;
  • Carry out regular inspections and audits of our operations;
  • To stop employees/contractors working if any act disregards Health &Safety Management Plan; 
  • Assist in the investigation of any serious harm accidents or incidents with the potential for serious harm;
  • Take all practicable and reasonable steps to maintain a safe workplace;
  • Ensure that no action or inaction causes or has the potential to cause a workplace accident;
  • Ensure accurate reporting and recording of accidents, incidents and near hits;
  • Ensure that no action or inaction causes or has the potential to cause a workplace accident;
  • Encourage and consult employees and contractors on health and safety matters relating to our operation

Foreman’s Responsibilities

  • Promote and co-ordinate Health & Safety as per Health &Safety Management Plan and H&SE Act 1992 and its amendments;
  • Participate and encourage all employees to be part of the daily planning of our operation
  • To be a leader and team player, encouraging team work;
  • To induct, train and supervise employees when necessary;
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting and recording of accidents, incidents and near hits
  • Carry out Contractor’s operational responsibilities in their absence;
  • To understand all aspects of the operation;
  • Hold relevant units/qualifications for the task being undertaken;
  • To attend industry safety meetings or training seminars when required;
  • To stop employees working if any act disregards Health &Safety Management Plan; 
  • To cease or refuse dangerous work;
  • Take all practicable and reasonable steps to maintain a safe workplace;
  • Ensure that no action or inaction causes or has the potential to cause a workplace accident;
  • Encourage and consult employees on health and safety matters relating to our operation

Employee Responsibilities

All employees of the Woodbank Trading Ltd shall:

  • Have read and/or had explained and understand the Health & Safety Management Program;
  • Promptly report accidents, incidents and near hits to management so they can be recorded and investigation carried out if required;
  • Identify, and report any new or potential hazards in the workplace; 
  • Observe safe work practices, rules and instructions relating to their work and be considerate to their fellow workers health and wellbeing;
  • Work with management to review the hazard register at least annually to ensure the controls for hazards are appropriate and that hazards that have been isolated or minimised are reviewed regularly; 
  • Actively participate in all aspects of Health & Safety including injury management, light duties and the election and support of a crew safety champion;
  • Set annual Health & Safety Objectives in conjunction with Management and fellow employees;
  • Take all practicable and reasonable steps to maintain a safe workplace;
  • Ensure that no action or inaction causes or has the potential to cause a workplace accident;
  • Ensure they are suitably trained to carry out any task or be under supervision until deemed competent;
  • To cease or refuse dangerous work.

Principal’s Company Safety Plan

Woodbank Trading Ltd understands the responsibilities the Principal/Forest Owner incurs under the HSE Act.

Woodbank Trading Ltd own Safety Management System verifies coverage of the majority of relevant areas of the Principal/Forest Owner’s Safety Management Plan.

Where areas of our Safety Management System do not overlay with the Principal/Forest Owner’s plan, we will prove committed to abiding by all rules and regulations identified.

Health and Safety Policy

Woodbank Trading Ltd is committed to working with our employees to create and maintain a safe and healthy place of work.

  1. Management will ensure all employees will be familiar with, understand and comply with the Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Forest Operations, Principal/Forest Owner requirements, and Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992, HSNO 1996, and its amendments, and relevant Codes of Practice.
  2. Woodbank Trading Ltd will take all practicable and reasonable steps to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, contractors and visitors to our worksite. Management has a commitment to continuous improvement in Health & Safety by setting annual objectives, leading and consulting our team in health and safety matters and seek input from Industry Specialists when required.
  3. All practicable and reasonable steps will be taken by all employees and management to identify actual and potential hazards and determine ways of E eliminating. I isolating or M minimising those hazards. Management and employees will discuss how these hazards are to be managed at each safety meeting and/or when there are changes to a work practice, or when requested by employees.
  4. All accidents causing injury or with potential to cause harm shall be reported to the company immediately. Woodbank Trading Ltd will ensure the accurate reporting and recording of all near hits, accidents, incidents, and carry out an investigation to reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence. We will also ensure employees are familiar with and participate in light duties when rehabilitation is required. 
  5. All employees whether experienced or not will be properly trained or under direct skilled supervision (until they have satisfied the employer that they are competent) for any task they perform, emergency procedures, work procedures and on-job hazards, through the use of this document. Woodbank Trading Ltd will support and encourage all training and self-development, whether initiated by Woodbank Trading Ltd, by the Principal/Forest Owner, or by our team. Ongoing Health & Safety training is encouraged to all management and staff to ensure that competence in Health & Safety is achieved and maintained. 
  6. No employee shall knowingly place themselves or their workmates in a hazardous situation that is likely to cause harm. All personnel are accountable to themselves and to each other for safety. Employees are encouraged to speak up on safety related issues and that they are aware of individual responsibilities for action and inaction.
  7. The quality of the Safety Management Program will be assured through internal and external audits and reviews. Regular planned inspections will ensure ongoing compliance.
  8. Health & Safety objectives will be established and reviewed annually in conjunction with employees. Management not only supports, we encourage employee participation and consultation in all Health and Safety Issues.
  9. Annual performance reviews are conducted to ensure ongoing improvement in Health & Safety. 
  10. The Health & Safety Policy, procedures and work rules will be reviewed and updated annually.


Darrin Collett – Director
9th April 2015