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Webinar: Worker engagement/Toroawhi- together we create change

07/09/2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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FISC, WorkSafe and First Union co-designed a pilot aimed at increasing forestry workers involvement in health and safety. FISC engaged two regional champions, called Toroawhi, to do this work. Two Toroawhi began work for FISC in January 2020, as part of a one-year trial funded by WorkSafe; this has since been extended. The role of the Toroawhi is to: • Advocate for greater worker involvement in health and safety decision-making. This includes demonstrating the benefits of greater worker engagement and supporting workers and businesses to develop their own ways of doing this. • Build worker capability so they can play a more active role. Building the skills of workers helps them become more confident about speaking up and influencing health and safety. • Help embed worker involvement in everyday work practices. This includes mentoring workers and crew foremen/owners to improve levels of engagement and to come up with ways of building this engagement into everyday work activities. Fiona will talk through the pilot and what she has learnt being part of this project.

Presenter Bio

Fiona focuses on successful work and business improvement which result in positive health and safety outcomes. She has been the National Safety Director of the Forest Industry Safety Council since it became operational in October 2015. Developing the strategy and successfully delivering work programmes. The role engages with key stakeholders across the forestry sector. Her focus is on care for people and good business outcomes. Fiona does this through addressing critical risk areas, influencing behaviours that promote a positive, proactive culture, and building trust and relationships at all levels. She works collaboratively with other sector leadership bodies and government agencies and is a member of the Business Leaders Health & Safety Forum Steering Group.

Before joining FISC Fiona held roles in the energy sector in NZ and with the health & safety regulator in the UK. Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health Certified Member of the NZ Institute of Safety Management Outside of work Fiona can be found on the New Plymouth beaches with her dog or riding motorbikes with her husband.


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