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A Step Forward For Port Safety By Employers, Unions And Government Agencies


Safety on ports took an important step forward today when
employers, unions, the Port Industry Association and
government regulators – working together as the Port Health
and Safety Leadership Group – published detailed guidelines
for setting up a fatigue risk management system.

Chair of the Leadership Group, Maritime NZ Chief Executive,
Kirstie Hewlett, said the formation of the Port Health and
Safety Leadership Group, and its collective leadership
across the sector, is critical to improving safety on Ports,
and the Leadership Group is proud to release the fatigue
guidelines, which will be the first of many outputs from the
Leadership Group.

“Massey University’s Sleep/Wake
Research Centre was involved in helping to develop the
guidelines, by providing expertise around the science of
fatigue and how it affects people’s bodies and minds,
using the latest New Zealand and international

Napier Port General Manager Marine and
Cargo, Adam Harvey, who is leading the tripartite working
group implementing the Guidelines, said it was agreed by the
Leadership Group that fatigue is an issue that requires
active work across the sector.

publishing the guidelines is only the beginning of the port
industry working together to manage the risk of harm from
fatigue,” Mr Harvey said.

“Across the industry, we are
making a commitment to our workers and their families. We
want all organisations employing workers on ports to have at
least started a fatigue risk management system by September
next year. We will be providing training, education and
resources to support the guidelines.”

Maritime Union
of New Zealand National Secretary, Craig Harrison, said
having unions as part of the Leadership Group, providing
worker’s experience and perspectives, has been crucial in
the design of the Guidelines.

“The Guidelines show
what the different parts of the sector can do together
taking a tripartite leadership approach and we are looking
forward to supporting their promotion and implementation to
keep workers safe” Mr Harrison said.

The Leadership
Group is currently preparing other actions, including to
recommend to Ministers, on how to continue to improve Port
health and safety.

The guidelines

Building a
Fatigue Risk Management System: Good practice guidelines for
the ports industry are on Leadership Group members’
websites including the Port
Industry Association and Maritime
NZ and via WorkSafe.

guidelines focus on understanding what fatigue is, the
science behind it and how to implement a fatigue risk
management system. Usefully, it includes 16 appendices,
which are examples and templates that organisations can
adapt and use.

The audience for the guidelines is
business owners, health and safety managers, health and
safety representatives and others involved in the operation
of the

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