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Please understand this important information about health and safety if you are interested in sub-contracting for the SCIRT Delivery Teams.

We are very serious about workplace health and safety, and have set high standards.

Your responsibilities

Sub-contractors are indirectly employees of SCIRT Delivery Teams and we take some responsibility for them. In summary:

Every Employee shall take all practicable steps to ensure your own safety while at work including the correct wearing of personal protective clothing (PPE) and equipment provided by the Employer; That no action or inaction of the employee while at work causes harm to any other person.

Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

As an employee, you have responsibilities for keeping yourself and others safe.

You can make your workplace safer by:

  • being involved in processes to improve health and safety
  • sticking to correct procedures and using the right equipment
  • wearing protective clothing and equipment (PPE)
  • helping new employees, trainees and visitors to the workplace understand the right safety practices and why the practices exist
  • communicating any safety concerns to your employer through incident reporting processes.

Construction site rules and requirements

  • All staff and consultants must complete the SCIRT standard induction.
  • Staff must not override or interfere with any safety provision nor allow anyone else to override or interfere with it, regardless of seniority.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) applicable to a given task must be worn.
  • No person may carry out work if under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • All safety incidents will be formally reported immediately to your Manager then to the Zero Harm Adviser.
  • A Job Hazard Analysis (Hazard Assessment) must be signed onto/completed prior to entering any site/commencing field work.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements

  • Safety boots

  • Hard hat

    There are a high number of head injuries reported by all Delivery Teams. Head injuries tend to be very severe. Wearing hard hats will help to minimise concussion, brain injury, fracture/dislocation and soft tissue injuries.

  • High-viz vest

    As per the NZTA Standard.

  • Long sleeve shirt and long pants, or overalls

    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in New Zealand. In Summer, we experience 40% higher UV radiation than at similar latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. Longs are recommended by the Cancer Society. They also help prevent burns, abrasion, protection against accidental contact with cement, concrete, diesel and other chemicals which our team members are regularly exposed to in the work place.

  • Gloves

    You must carry gloves and wear them for all physical activities where it is appropriate for the task. Every month there is approximately 14 finger/hand amputations in New Zealand Workplaces. Injuries to hands, fingers, wrists are the leading injuries reported by SCIRT Delivery Teams.

  • Safety Glasses

    Eye injuries are common. Every year, 4000 New Zealanders suffer an eye injury at work, requiring time off. Many are left with impaired vision. Some are blinded. Safety glasses will provide protection against grit, sand, sparks, concrete chips, arc light, protruding sticks and bars (etc.), acids, solvents, and fumes.

This list is a minimum requirement. Task specific PPE will also be issued as determined through the job hazard analysis process.

Reporting

Everyone is responsible for reporting accidents and hazards.

All jobs have hazards, although we might be tempted to take them for granted because they are so familiar, or overlook them so we can "get the job done".

If you see a hazard in your workplace that you feel hasn't been addressed, you should raise it immediately. This includes:

  • unsafe premises or equipment
  • inadequate or misused safety equipment
  • bad work practices
  • lack of adequate information about equipment or processes.

Any hazard, near miss, or accident in your workplace, either to an employee or to a visitor, must be recorded. These records are important to identify patterns of injury or illness sot that safety can be improved.

Take responsibility for making sure your employer knows about any accidents you are involved in or are aware of.

Safety leadership

At SCIRT, we aim to lead by example and set the standard.

  • Aim for Zero Harm every day
  • Get involved in safety conversations
  • Report all incidents, hazards, near misses
  • Have a plan to help the team step-by-step to achieve Zero Harm
  • Be a safety leader in everything you do.