Work health and safety performance measurement and benchmarking

A multi-level safety climate measurement tool was developed for use within Fonterra’s capital works/construction program in New Zealand.

Grants and funding: Fonterra

Safety climate will be measured over a period of eight months. The analysis will examine the strength and level of safety climate in both Fonterra and contractors engaged to undertake the construction work.


An automated process for capturing, analysis and reporting will be developed and the resulting information will be used to inform WHS programme activities within Fonterra’s capital works program. The repeated use of the safety climate tool will identify changes over the measurement period. On completion, the resulting methods can be deployed in other Fonterra construction projects.

Key people

Lingard, Wakefield, Boukamp and Blismas.

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