Best Practice

By sharing initiatives and supporting common practices we can develop better procedures and systems. See News & Events page for links to recent National reports and Guidelines.

Best Practice Guidelines - Safe Use of Machinery

Outlining hazards that come with using machinery, potential injuries and how best to reduce the risk of harm. The new publication covers everything from responsibilities at the time of design and manufacture, hazard identification methods and various methods of guarding.

WorkSafe have published the guidelines and accompanying material on their website.


Guidelines for Directors

"The Board and directors are best placed to ensure that the company effectively manages health and safety. They should provide the necessary leadership and are responsible for the major decisions that must influence health and safety; the strategic direction, securing and allocating resources, and ensuring the company has appropriate people, systems and equipment." Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy. 


This guideline which can be viewed online was developed by the Institute of Directors in NZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as a result of the key findings and recommendations in the report of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.


Drug & Alcohol Policies and Procedures

The use of drugs and alcohol can put a worker and others at risk. Poor judgement and slowed reaction times can affect the safety of both the impaired and any other people working in the vicinity. Where workplaces have higher chances of serious injury or damage, testing for the presence of illegal drugs and/or alcohol is prudent. A number of Taranaki work sites have implemented testing for drugs and alcohol. This can occur before employment and due to a number of circumstances during employment.


Working together with industry, the following D&A protocol is our common approach:

“You will be free from the presence of drugs or alcohol or any substance which may prevent you from carrying out your duties safely.

All breath tests will be conducted using a device which meets the Australian Standard: AS3547 - “Breath Alcohol testing devices for personal use”. 

The threshold will be 100 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, except for Todd which have a limit of 0.0 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

All drug testing will be carried out to AS/NZ 4308 - “Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantification of drugs of abuse in urine”

Each site will have their own standard which is aligned with the above requirements".


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