One of New Zealand’s most popular farming digital health and safety apps is now being offered for free to all not-for-profit rural community associations and fundraising events.

General Manager of Zero Harm Farm, Mark Orr, said one of the biggest concerns for primary school boards and not-for-profit event organisers in rural New Zealand was the cost and time needed to establish comprehensive health and safety measures when running events for raising funds for worthy causes.

Some rural events run by not-for-profits employ staff short-term or engage with outside contractors to provide services or products on event sites and therefore are technically a PCBU in the eyes of the law and must comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015).

Zero Harm Farm software is designed specifically to make the structuring and delivery of a comprehensive health and safety system simple, mobile and paperless. It allows organisers to induct visitors on remote locations, display policies, use mapping techniques to identify risks and even sign contractors in and out of fundraiser sites if required.

Mr Orr said it would only take the average fundraising organiser using Zero Harm Farm less than thirty minutes to establish an effective plan which meets all the fundamental requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

He noted not-for-profit events run by rural primary schools and the like were the lifeblood of fundraising for local communities. Raising funds this way is a huge part of the fabric of our farming community in New Zealand and we wanted to ensure this can continue to be a viable option.

We just want to make this aspect of setting up a great community event easy, he said. We hope by offering our service for free to folks running fundraisers in rural communities we can do our bit to help continue to keep them strong and vibrant places to live.

The software was well proven for effectively running rural events as it was currently used by New Zealand Young Farmers to manage their regional and national locations for the Young Farmer of the year competition.

Mr Orr suggested that if any community fundraiser or school event “champion” was concerned about how to create an effective and easy to use health and safety system for their next fundraiser to simply visit their website and create an account.

There is a helpful setup wizard through the whole process and the tech support team from Zero Harm Farm are always on hand to assist if people get stuck.

Press release 31.01.18

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