OPINION: A year has passed since New Zealand's Health and Safety at Work Act came into force and in that time, we have seen the issue of effective health and safety management really come to the fore in New Zealand farming communities.
There has certainly been a step change in awareness about the importance of good health and safety on the farm. It's encouraging to see the tone of conversation gradually turning from concern and, at times, hostility, to something very different.
Over the past year, farmers have learned to separate the reality from the many myths which sprang up around the legislation.
Many farmers now accept an inspector's job isn't telling them how to farm, but to help them be sure they are recognising and managing risks that may cause an injury to them, a family member, worker or visitor...Read more