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Over the last 18 months, Farmlands has been working hard on providing a new, improved and high quality range of safety products to shareholders. This process began in 2015 when it was announced that reforms of the health and safety regulations were underway and could be passed through parliament by the end of the year.
In February 2015, it was decided to completely review the safety category. As part of this review, it was recognised that Farmlands needed to improve not only the quality of products but also improve the support it was able to offer to Farmlands employees by providing training and resources to them, so they were able to offer advice to shareholders on fit for purpose safety products and scenarios.
After much planning, the new range was launched to the network in August 2016. This was rolled out first into the new Farmlands Darfield store and was followed by stores nationwide. Then in mid-August, the first ever Farmlands Safety Training Roadshow kicked off in Whangarei. Staff from Kaitaia, Waipapa, Dargaville, Kamo and Whangarei came to take part in a one day safety product training session. Farmlands’ safety product suppliers came in and discussed their products that are part of the range in every store nationwide. They took Farmlands staff through what their products do, how they protect the wearer and under what circumstances they are appropriate. They also went through the new health and safety regulations pertaining to their products and areas of expertise.
The suppliers – Dalton International, Bollé, Apex Safety, Amtech Medical, PSL, Armour, 3M and Segno Signs – provided training at all 12 Safety Training Roadshow sessions from Whangarei to Invercargill. 146 Farmlands staff attended and 14 people were selected to form a Safety Council to take Farmlands’ safety category to the next level.
Head in to your local Farmlands store today to check out the new range of safety products and talk to the friendly, knowledgeable team about your safety needs.
Article supplied by Justin Dove, Category Manager, Farmlands.
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