Health & Safety

The Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Trust (OPBT) as the governing body of the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group is committed to providing for the health and safety of contractors and volunteers undertaking work for OPBG. This policy document has been revised to align it with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (hereafter referred to as the Act), which came into effect on 4 April, 2016.

The objective of OPBT as laid out in the rules of the Trust is to “sustain the natural environment of the Otago Peninsula”. In achieving this objective OPBT undertakes to “work to enhance the biodiversity of the Otago Peninsula, plan and implement pest eradication and control projects in partnership with landowners, and facilitate community participation and encourage local ownership of each project.” Because OPBT engages contractors and recruits volunteers to help undertake this work, it is considered to be a “person conducting a business or undertaking or PCBU” under the Act.

OPBT is committed to ensuring a safe operating environment for volunteers and contractors engaged in OPBG activities. OPBT will demonstrate its commitment to health and safety by fostering a sensible and safe culture; ensuring all volunteers and contractors have received a health and safety briefing, enabling compliance with the OPBG Health and Safety Policy and Procedures, before OPBG activities commence.

Below you find the complete revised H & S Police Manual plus the individual Health and Safety plans for the separate activities and several other forms as detailed in the list of appendices.

OPBG Health and Safety Policy Manual 2017 June_revision

App_1 Personal Details Form

App_2 Landowner:Occupier Access Consent

App_3 Hazard Identification Record

App_4 Accident_Incident (Near Miss) Investigation Report

App_5 H&S Plan for contractors undertaking possum trapping

App_6 H&S Plan for contractors undertaking possum shooting

App_7 H&S Plan for contractors undertaking possum poisoning

App_8 H&S Plan for volunteers undertaking bird monitoring June 2017

App_9 H&S Plan for volunteers undertaking rodent monitoring June 2017

App_10 H&S Plan for volunteers undertaking lizard and invertebrate monitoring June 2017

App_11 H&S Plan for volunteers undertaking vegetation monitoring June 2017

App_12 H&S Plan for volunteers undertaking community trapping June 2017

App_13 H&S Plan for volunteers undertaking possum shooting

App_14 H&S Plan for volunteers undertaking possum monitoring June 2017

App_15 H&S Plan for Backyard Biodiversity Project

App_16 On-site risk assessment form

App_17 H&S Plan for Track Clearing

App_18 H&S Plan for vehicle use