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.