Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
37 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 CELEBRATING 1992 - 2012 JNL YEARS 4346448AA 4323463AA 4360172AA Our local production capability enables best in the industry delivery lead times and the ability to manufacture simple specials and engineered product to meet local customers specifcations and requirements. Proud to be part of the JNL 20 year celebrations 04 589 1495 2B Udy Street, Petone, Wellington The Driving Force in Pneumatics Screening shows JNL serious about worker health and safety Safe place: JNL Wairarapa has a strong commitment to ensuring their workplaces are safe. Forestry and manufacturing injuries have long featured in New Zealand's health and safety performance, accounting for 17 per cent of workplace deaths in recent years. Recognising this, JNL forestry and mill operations put considerable effort into promoting safety among personnel, (whether directly employed or contracted), working at their sites. The mix of practices, plant and people need constant review and attention to limit the potential for harm. In both environments, an external factor that increases risk to personnel is the influence of drugs or alcohol. JNL was among the earliest of organisations to address the need to ensure that no- one is at increased risk because they or anybody around them is under the influence of drugs and alcohol. JNL's Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Policy was further enhanced early in 2010 to allow random drug and alcohol screening throughout its operations. The selection and testing is carried out by an external, nationally recognised agency. JNL regards the intent of random testing as one of prevention rather than detection. Mill health and safety adviser Rodney Fraser says that a ''positive'' test outcome isn't an indication of the policy working -- as most would think -- but the opposite. ''If the policy was working we would have no positive tests. A positive test result indicates that people are still prepared to present to work in a manner potentially putting themselves and others at increased risk. Education on drug and alcohol use, and accepting their negative impact on a safe work environment is the real focus.'' To date, test outcomes fall well inside national trends. From the Forestry environment, Roger Allen believes that JNL's stance has ''raised the bar'' within that sector. ''Crews are more self-policing than they were, and there is a strong peer pressure within crews to manage this aspect. Crew members thank us for the difference this has made in this work environment.'' Though the circumstances in each case are different, as a general rule, after a positive result, JNL supports the person through a rehabilitation programme. Roger says: ''One individual, who presented with a positive result, thanked us for the difference that addressing his use has made to both his work and home life.'' This is a reflection of how JNL's stance offers positive benefits to families and the community as a whole. Typically there has been some scepticism about the random screening programmes, but there is a growing acceptance of how it fits in the safety culture JNL expects. Forest manager Dave Hilliard believes JNL needs to set high standards for its workers and contractors. ''We look for people that fit in with the way we operate. We have a strong commitment to ensuring our workplaces are safe, and recognise the positive parallel benefits to families and our community.'' Cheri helps train staff FROM Page 36 ''I've learned a lot. I couldn't even use a computer when I started and now I can do almost everything,'' she says. Cheri trains staff and has also written training manuals for the store. She liaised with IBM when introducing new software and both her and the IMB staff learned off each other about how the system worked. Cheri says she appreciates that JNL is willing to invest in training staff and keeping them up-to- date with necessary skills. Cheri is another example of a staff of dedicated workers that are the backbone of a successful local operation.
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