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Works Group Health and SafetyHauora me te Haumaru o Te Ohu Whakahaere Maioro

Our Works Group Health and Safety policy and accreditation, and Environmental Code of Practice for sustainable management.

the Regional Council Works Group has attained tertiary level accreditation with ACC’s WSMP (Workplace Safety Management programme). The Group is a registered Sitewise member with a current accredited Green Status, and has a formal audited quality assurance system to TQS 1 Standard for Continued Improvement.

the Regional Council Works Group’s Policy outlines a strong commitment to health and safety.  This describes Codes of Operation for day-to-day functions and provides records of training in all aspects of the Group’s work. Staff manage risk in the field, using a daily Hazard Identification Process and codes of practice, supported by a strong culture:

“The standard we walk past is the standard we set”.

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

the Regional Council Works Group, as a PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking), is required to meet the new legislation, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Ahead of every work season, mid August to June, the Regional Council will write to all land owners with land bordering waterway corridors or providing access to inform them of the safety requirements and the maintenance schedule for the season. This letter will includes recommendations for landowners’ own workplace hazard registers and procedures when the Regional Council Works Group staff are working on your property in the waterway corridor.

Landowners who lease their property to another entity are still considered under the 2015 Act to be a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU).  Although they may not directly work the property or have any employees, landowners are still required to liaise with all PCBU’s that work on their property.   

Important: the Regional Council does not have a register of lessees or managers of leased properties.  We have a rating list of landowners – therefore we rely on landowners to work with us as a PCBU and pass on the information we send out each year in August/September.

This is an efficient and effective method for the Regional Council to ensure individual owners’ workplace Hazard Registers and requirements are in line with the legislation.

Sale of property: with any sale and change of ownership, the landowner should advise their lawyer to inform the new owner of the the Regional Council Health and Safety procedures.  the Regional Council’s rating database will allow us to inform the new owner in the following year.

Enquiries: Landowners with specific enquiries should contact Hamish Fraser, Works Group Business Manager, 845 9235.

Environmental Code of Practice

The Resource Management Act (RMA) establishes the principles and direction for sustainable management. We undertake our activities ‘within reason’ and give due consideration to what the activity will do to those around us and the environment.

The Group has the enviable position of permitted activity status for the majority of its functions, including earthworks in streams and drains, as described in Rule 70 of the the Regional Council Regional Resource Management Plan. This permitted activity status is however bound by the the Regional Council Environmental Code of Practice for River Control and Drainage Works 2003, which we developed.

This code sets out standard operating procedures for the various activities we are involved in for drainage and river works, with specific emphasis on those that pose a greater environmental risk or threat, and the appropriate mitigation measures we will take to protect the environment - for example: gravel raking is not undertaken in river channels during seabird nesting. 

These rules and policies apply to all work Works Group undertakes for the Regional Council and, by default, apply to work for other parties or organisations.

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