Port Users Health and Safety Forum
The Port Users' Health and Safety Forum is committed to working together to improve health and safety, and holds regular monthly meetings which are purely focused on health and safety improvements.
The forum uses a systems approach to reduce the risks associated with the various operations in and around the port. Focus areas include the loading and unloading of vessels, traffic management, and the development of "Safety protocols of common user areas for Tauranga Container Terminal and the Mount Maunganui wharves", to which every operator subscribes.
The Tauranga Port Community Safety Week
The Tauranga port community held its inaugural Safety Week in March 2011 - a first for any port in New Zealand. The safety week was the result of an initiative by the Tauranga Port Users' Health and Safety Forum, which sought to raise safety awareness of the hazards and dangers of the port operating environment, within the wider port community.
The Forum promoted achieving an incident free week for all port users (over 2,500 people) and held a number of safety focused competitions and initiatives over the week. The week culminated in a safety awareness day for port users and their families. A total of 45 businesses took up the opportunity to set up safety displays and close to 1,000 people attended.
As a result of the safety week, nine port associated companies joined Port of Tauranga in the Zero Harm Workplaces Pledge. For more information on the Port Community Safety Week, please see our Portfolio Newsletter.