Health and Safety Policy
Wildland Consultants Ltd is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for the safety and health of our employees and other persons in our place of work.
Health and safety is EVERYONE’s business and every employee is expected to share in our commitment to avoid the risk of any health, safety or environmental incidents which may cause personal injury, property damage, or loss of any kind.
EVERY EMPLOYEE IS EXPECTED to act safely at all times to ensure their own welfare and that of their fellow employees and others in their place of work.
Responsibilities of Staff:
- Comply with all health and safety legislation and related regulations, codes of practice, standard operating procedures, and this plan.
- Comply with all company health and safety procedures, practices, and rules.
- Not engage in any workplace activities that endanger themselves or others.
- Always use protective equipment and safe work practices.
- Immediately report any new hazards observed in the work place.
- Promote good health and safety culture within the work place.
Responsibilities of Company Management:
- As officers under HSWA, Directors have the overall responsibility for health and safety.
- Comply with all health and safety legislation and related regulations, codes of practice, best practice, and standard operating procedures.
- Record and report all incidents, and related information accurately.
- Provide resources to enable the elimination or minimisation of identified hazards.
- Provide training and supervision as required, on use of equipment to ensure employees are competent and suitably equipped to carry out their jobs safely.
- Implement systems and procedures to document safe work policies and practices.
- Manage health and safety through staff meetings and other face-to-face communication, to encourage staff to contribute to and participate in the identification and management of workplace hazards.
- Make continuous improvements in health and safety management.
- Undertake annual self-assessment audits of health and safety.
- Manage timely rehabilitation, preferably at work, of injured employees, in an open and consultative manner.
- Consult and support staff and any nominated representative on health and safety participation and management.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act every individual has a responsibility to themselves and others to stay safe, therefore, we each must speak up about health and safety practice, to ensure this liability is minimised.
Team leaders and site managers/administrators are directly responsible for the health and safety of staff on their team or site.
This policy is reviewed annually or when required by the Health and Safety Manager and Company Directors.
Wildland Consultants Ltd (Wildlands) is committed to protection of the environment, minimising our environmental footprint, and avoiding adverse effects. The environmental efficiency of our operations has been honed to the extent that we act as a working example of an environmentally-friendly carbon-neutral consultancy, and have won an award from the Sustainable Business Network for our sustainable business practices. Wildlands maintains an independently-certified Environmental Management System: Toitū Enviromark® Diamond Certified. We will continue to achieve efficiency and a reduced footprint through actions, such as:
- Minimising the use and waste of materials.
- Minimising the use and wastage of electrical energy.
- Encouraging energy-efficient driving practices.
- Upgrading of our vehicle fleet to more fuel-efficient units with lower carbon emissions.
- Reusing, recycling, and the use of renewable products wherever practicable.
- Composting of organic waste.
- Where practicable, buying second-hand products.
- Upgrading equipment and materials to more energy- and fuel-efficient products.
- Encouraging the use of walking and cycling by providing bike storage and showers at offices wherever practicable.
- Encouraging employees to participate in community-based ecological restoration projects.
- Compliance with all relevant statutory consents, local and regional government bylaws, and relevant legislation.
- Ensuring that all agrichemical storage, transport, and use is undertaken as per current legislation/best practice.
- Maintaining and adhering to our Wildlands Biosecurity Policy.
- Following Wildlands’ Procurement Policy when procuring good and services.
- Encouraging suppliers and sub-contractors to adopt our environmental policy, or relevant parts of it.
- Ongoing review and improvement of our certified EMS to maintain and enhance environmental performance.
Environmental objectives and targets
Once a year we refresh our environmental objectives and targets, using our certified Environmental Management System. These are based on our environmental aspects and impacts. Check out our current projects and associated target dates.
- Environmental objectives and targets (PDF, 138.00 kB)
Wildlands aims to accurately measure, record and monitor our environmental performance, in relation to the objectives and targets we have set, as well as other areas where there may be potential to improve. Progress is tracked using systems appropriate to each component:
- Office and hardware
- Air travel
General Environmental Reporting 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020
Carbon Graphs (PDF, 110.81 kB)
Toitū enviromark ® diamond certified
Wildlands is proud to be Toitū enviromark diamond certified, and has a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) in place. The diamond certification means our EMS meets and exceeds international standards and best practice, including ISO 14001.Toitū enviromark certificate (PDF, 473.22 kB)
Wildlands is proud to be certified Zero Carbon Business Operations with Ekos. We have measured and offset the carbon footprint of our business operations for the 2019-20 financial year with certified carbon credits. This footprint includes fuel consumption (company owned vehicles, and staff vehicles), energy consumption, air travel, office and hardware waste, and general office and kitchen waste. It excludes.
These offsets grow and protect forests in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and help to deliver climate resilience, waterways protection, erosion control, biodiversity conservation and community economic development.
Go to the Ekos website www.ekos.co.nz for more information.
EKOS Certificate (PDF, 110.81 kB)
Wildlands has not received any regulatory fines or penalties.