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Health and Safety

Staying safe comes from teamwork

Our staff continue to take ownership of safety – staying healthy and safe is foremost in everything they do.

This year we continued to see our staff leading our health and safety initiatives.

Frontline staff, supported by our health and safety representatives, are empowered to identify new and safer ways of doing things.

COVID-19 provided new challenges, with our people needing to modify ways of doing things to meet public health guidance – while still meeting existing health and safety protocols.

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Health and safety is the most important thing we do.

Underpinning CentrePort’s health and safety approach is the firm knowledge that the culture must be worker-led.

We encourage worker participation, activity, involvement and ownership.

Research and our internal surveys have shown that a truly proactive and mature health and safety culture cannot be driven by a top-down approach.

The key driver for continual improvement has been developing our health and safety representative structure to the point where we have at least one health and safety rep for every 10 people in the business.

Our reps are trained extensively so they can provide the skillset that we need as a business.

Once they have that training, the reps are actively used as safety leaders in the business, regardless of whether they are cargo handlers or managers.

Many of the initiatives to improve our culture and health and safety practices are developed by the reps and staff on the ground.

One health and safety rep for every 10 people

Three consecutive lost time injury-free months (April-June)

This year CentrePort joined a collaborative industry programme to share lessons with other businesses around the greater Wellington region.

“It’s great because it helps inspire our people to see what other businesses are doing, and it’s fun. They get a chance to see what we can bring back to our business and improve on,”

- Murray Julian, GM People, Safety and Culture.

The team at CentrePort invited Fletcher Construction’s health and safety reps involved in the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway to learn what they had been doing following the Alert Level 4 lockdown around wellness and wellbeing.

As a result, CentrePort took information and resources from Fletcher Construction and combined them with resources from the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum and other external experts to create a wellness and wellbeing programme.

Staff are now using those two sets of resources to come up with ideas and initiatives to roll out at CentrePort, where every two or three weeks the team can share wellbeing and wellness information with the wider business.

CentrePort has many people working together on the ground, with up to 1,000 people on port at a time. There is a mix of CentrePort staff and contractors (persons conducting businesses or undertakings – PCBUs). All PCBUs involved in any works on port are put through a three-stage health and safety process before they can commence work. This includes all parties sharing workplans and coordinating to achieve health and safety excellence for all workers on site.