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May 26, 2016

Fonterra wins top National Health and Safety Award

Fonterra has taken overall honours at this year's New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards.

The Co-op won three awards including the Supreme Award for the Best Overall Contribution to Improving Workplace Health and Safety in New Zealand, presented by the minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Hon Michael Woodhouse.

Fonterra also won the 'best initiative to address a safety risk' award for our approach to monitoring tanker driver fatigue and the 'best initiative to improve employee wellbeing' award for our work promoting engagement and collaboration between subcontractors at our major build sites.

Fonterra's Director of Health & Safety, Resilience & Risk, Greg Lazzaro said "we were very surprised and honoured to receive the Supreme Award at this year's Workplace Health and Safety Awards.

This is huge recognition for our Co-op and I would like to thank my teams for the work they do every day to keep our employees safe.

A very proud day for us and thanks for all the kind feedback received to date.”

A total of 15 awards were presented at a gala dinner at SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland, where an audience of more than 500 celebrated the achievements of a wide variety of successful health and safety initiatives.

The awards, which began in 2005, are organised by Safeguard magazine and proudly supported by WorkSafe New Zealand.

The awards are judged by a panel of five representing WorkSafe, ACC, NZ Council of Trade Unions, Safeguard and an industry health and safety practitioner.

Convenor of judges Peter Bateman, editor of Safeguard, said the winning initiatives represented the kind of beyond compliance thinking in which health and safety is used to genuinely engage with staff and contractors, and which results in collaborative and highly productive workplaces.