As a rapidly expanding business, Hellers is increasingly aware of the role health and safety plays in the growth of an organisation.
Hellers is an award-winning producer of service delicatessen smallgoods such as ham and bacon and are renowned for its 80 different varieties of sausages. To meet customer demand, it can produce up to 350 tonnes of sausages per week.
To do this, the company’s operations needed to keep pace with technology, without compromising the traditional values and standards of quality upon which its reputation was founded.
Most importantly, Hellers applied the strictest health and quality guidelines to all its processes.
As both staff numbers and the size of its facilities continue to increase, Hellers recognised the need to adopt a system that would improve the efficiency of staff, while boosting the health and safety offering
Despite having more than 700 staff based at its two plants, Hellers’ existing health and safety programme still relied heavily on manual processes. Staff and supervisors were required to submit paper-based reports, which were then entered into the payroll system.
Because of this system’s limitations, it was difficult to analyse information, track corrective action progress and assign responsibilities, and took considerable time to manage and maintain.
Factoring in changes to New Zealand’s Health and Safety in Employment Act, which put the onus on companies to be more proactive in their approach to health and safety, Hellers realised they needed an automated system that was both simple and effective.
Assura provided Hellers with a user-friendly system designed to enhance participation and increase accountability.
Drop down lists, tick boxes, and a logical, step-by-step process now make it easy for staff at all levels to use the system, encouraging everyone across the company to take an active role in the maintenance of a safe and healthy workplace.
Managing Hellers’ health and safety programme is also made easier by the transparent system, which allows the administrators to clearly define roles and responsibilities.
The Assura system also allowed Hellers to adopt the forward-thinking approach necessary to comply with the new legislation.
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