In February 2018, WorkSafe New Zealand issued an enforceable undertaking to Earthcare Environmental as a result of an incident that occurred at its material recycling facility in Masterton in July 2016, where a worker was injured while operating an automatic waste baler. 

Part of this enforceable undertaking was that Earthcare Environmental would co-fund the development of a machinery risk management course for the industry and fund the attendance for 15 workers from the wider waste industry. 

This course has now been developed and will run from March to October 2019 throughout the North Island.

If you (or one of your staff) would like to attend the course free of charge, please apply by completing the survey below by 10 am, Friday, 1 February 2019. 

WasteMINZ will then identify the 15 participants and approach them for their preferred dates.

Complete the application here

About the Managing Machinery Risk training course:

Who’s this course for?

  • Supervisors or managers who are responsible for machinery
  • Anyone who designs, builds or maintains machinery
  • Anyone who wants to extend their knowledge on machinery risk
  • Anyone who undertakes risk assessments or machinery checks
  • Anyone who wants to understand how to comply with WorkSafe New Zealand’s Safe Use of Machinery Harm Reduction Programme

What is the purpose of the course?

  • The course will teach you how to identify and manage machinery risks (in accordance with AS/NZ4024 series of machinery safety standards) while fostering positive participation and engagement with your workers, including contractors. The course will be delivered in five stages:
  1. Introduction and background to machinery risk
  2. The management of machinery risk
  3. Common machinery hazards and controls
  4. How to facilitate a machinery risk assessment
  5. Ongoing management of machinery risk.

What should I be able to do after I have completed the course?

  • Engage your workers, representatives and other stakeholders in machinery risk assessments
  • Identify and explain the various types of machinery risks
  • Understand common safe systems of work with machinery
  • Explain the importance of locking out plant and equipment
  • Understand contractor management risks and the need to consult, co-ordinate and co-operate with other organisations with operational machinery risks

Competency and Unit Standard Assessment 18410

  • You can choose to have your competency in machinery safety assessment against NZQA Unit Standard 18410, Manage Hazard Identification and control on plant and machinery. The assessment of Unit Standard 18410 means that you can describe:
    • Hazards and risks associated with plant and machinery in the workplace
    • Legislative requirements for machinery and plant hazard and risk control
    • Methods of controlling machine hazards with specific reference to types of machine guards and their application
    • Identify hazards on a selected item of site plant or machinery; and to develop plant or machinery risk management plans.
  • You can expect to do an additional 26 hours of self-directed learning to complete this unit standard.

Complete the application here