Site Safe for Infrastructure Cook Islands

20 November 2017

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) recently facilitated a visit from Site Safe New Zealand in collaboration with the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITTI).  ICI thus took a positive step towards implementing its Strategic Plan, the National Roads and Road Drainage Policy, The National Solid Waste Management Policy and contributed to the implementation of the National Water Policy. In particular, the Roads and Road Drainage Policy requires appropriate Working on the Road Safety Standards. 

 Gary Hyndman, a very experienced Site Safe trainer has previously conducted similar training in the Cook Islands. On Wednesday 15 November, a total of 34 ICI staff, including the Secretary, Ngametua Pokino and strong representation from the Civil Works and WATSAN operational teams, completed their Civil Passport training, which also meets New Zealand requirements for entry onto civil sites., Two sessions were held at CITTI Arorangi by kind arrangement with CITTI Director Caroline Medway-Smith.  Pokino sees this as “a practical demonstration of ICIs commitment to delivering skilled sustainable human resources, Outcome 4 of the  ICI Strategic Plan.” Pokino went on to say, “we need to ensure that all of us at ICI demonstrate our commitment to improving workplace safety.  Some of the information shared is also applicable in our daily lives, in the section about protecting our hearing, we were given a datasheet that showed that just mowing lawns for one hour and over without ear muffs can damage our ear drums”.

Hyndman was also the guest speaker at Wednesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Rarotonga.  On Friday 17 November he delivered a free 2 hour Site Wise workplace safety training sessions also at CITTI  Trades School to 20 representatives from the private sector and a number of  Cook Islands Government agencies. Templates for workplace safety planning can be obtained from Sarah Tonorio at CITTI or Charlie Inggs at ICI.

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 For further information please contact:

Charlie Inggs

VSA Strategic Planner and Policy advisor

P: +682 20321 Ext 718; M:+682 76816

charlie.inggs@cookislands.gov.ck

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

 

  1. The Ministry of Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) is responsible for managing and implementing programmes of work focussed on improving and maintaining public infrastructure in Rarotonga and related policies and practices throughout the Cook Islands.  Overall, the Ministry’s work is directed by the Minister for Infrastructure Cook Islands, Hon Teariki Heather, the Deputy Prime Minister, via the Secretary for Infrastructure Cook Islands.