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#16-05 State highway contractor health and safety

Published: | Category: Technical advice note | Audiences: Road controlling authorities, Road traffic engineers & consultants, Roading contractors

This technical advice note has been superseded by TAN #16-11

Changes have been made to our requirements for the health and safety of contractors working on the state highway.

Publication details

The following changes have been made to our requirements for the health and safety of contractors working on the state highway.

1 Zero Harm online reporting tool

In consultation with industry, the Transport Agency has developed the online reporting tool which has replaced ‘SafeStat’, across all state highway related work activities. Principle contractors must use this platform to report their projects HSE performance each month.

The online reporting tool is designed to provide participating organisations with easy monitoring of their safety performance, across a number of areas, the ability to benchmark their performance with industry norms and is free to use.

The Transport Agency now requires that all contracts (physical works and professional services) suppliers use the online reporting tool to report health and safety statistics on all state highway projects.

Contract wording:

Insert new clause within the respective health and safety section of project specification, maintenance specification, principal’s requirements or scope of services, of all contracts (physical works and professional services):

x.x.1 The Principle Contractors must use the Zero Harm Online Reporting Tool platform to report their project’s HSE performance each month:

Please read and familiarise yourself with the NZ Transport Agency Zero Harm Minimum Standards for Reporting. (This document is located on the Highways Information Portal under Zero Harm).

The web-based platform is accessed through http://nztareportingv2.azurewebsites.net/(external link).

Implementation:

From 1 July 2016 the NZ Transport Agency mandates these minimum requirements across all contracts. Insert new clause (above) in all contracts (physical works and professional services).

For any contracts currently out to tender or currently underway, a Notice to Tenderer or Notice to Contractor as appropriate, shall be issued to incorporate the above clause within the contract.

Implementation of these minimum requirements is encouraged in all our suppliers, effective immediately.

2 Safety in design minimum standard for road projects

Safety in Design is a standard that integrates hazard identification and risk assessment methods from concept, through design and construction, to operation, maintenance and decommission or disposal. It considers how to eliminate, isolate or minimise the risks of death, injury and ill health to those who will construct, operate, maintain, decommission or demolish an asset.

The Transport Agency now requires that all state highway projects/works are to go through the safety in design process. The design team must integrate safety in design standards into projects and encourage collaboration to improve planning, management and the early identification of hazards.

The Safety in design minimum standard for road projects can be found on the Highways Information Portal.

Contract wording:

Insert new clause within the respective health and safety section of project specification, maintenance specification or principal’s requirements of all contracts (physical works and professional services):

x.x.2 The suppliers engaged on state highways must comply with the requirements of the NZ Transport Agency Zero Harm Safety in design minimum standard for road projects.

http://hip.nzta.govt.nz/technical-information/zero-harm-minimum-standards/safety-in-design-minimumstandards

Implementation:

From 1 July 2016 the NZ Transport Agency mandates the use of Safety in design minimum standard for road projects on all contracts (physical works and professional services).

For any contracts currently out to tender or currently underway, a Notice to Tenderer or Notice to Contractor as appropriate, shall be issued to incorporate the above clause within the contract.

Implementation of these minimum requirements is encouraged in all our suppliers, effective immediately.

3 ConstructSafe

ConstructSafe competency assessment scheme provides the construction industry with a framework for individuals to prove health and safety competence. It allows sites to reduce the potential for untrained or inexperienced workers from creating hazardous situations for themselves or others. It helps raise the health and safety standards and creates a safer and more competent New Zealand workforce.

The Transport Agency now requires that all state highway projects/work sites set a minimum entry requirement of ConstructSafe Tier 1 for all workers entering the site. People entering the site who have not attained Tier 1 certification are not authorised to enter the site or must be supervised at all times.

The Construction Safety Council website has the details www.constructionsafetycouncil.co.nz(external link) regarding finding or becoming a test centre.

Contract wording:

Insert new clause within the respective health and safety section of project specification, maintenance specification or principal’s requirements of all contracts (physical works and professional services):

x.x.3 All state highway projects/work sites have a minimum entry requirement of ConstructSafe Tier 1 for all workers entering the site. People entering the site who have not attained Tier 1 certification are not authorised to enter the site or must be supervised at all times.

Details about finding or becoming a test centre can be found on www.constructionsafetycouncil.co.nz(external link).

Implementation:

From 1 July 2016 the NZ Transport Agency mandates the minimum requirement of ConstructSafe Tier 1 for entry across all contracts/work sites. Insert new clause (above) in all contracts (physical works and professional services).

For any contracts currently out to tender or currently underway, a Notice to Tenderer or Notice to Contractor as appropriate, shall be issued to incorporate the above clause within the contract.

Implementation of these minimum requirements is encouraged in all our suppliers, effective immediately.

Further information

Contact Wayne Troughton from the Zero harm BTG at wayne.troughton@nzta.govt.nz.

Kevin Reid

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