Safety on site
Safety on site
All visitors to Viterra sites need to comply with all relevant legislation, company and site specific requirements, adhere to relevant codes of practice, maintain all applicable licences, registrations and insurance and follow employee instructions to ensure the safety of all people on site.
Unsafe practices or conditions are not accepted on any site. If you become aware of an unsafe practice or condition while on our site, please report it to a Viterra employee.
Vehicle movements, grain dust and other hazards need to be managed correctly to ensure the safety of everyone on site. Viterra’s safety rules have been designed to minimise risks and ensure all workers and visitors return home safe every day.
- Growers delivering grain to a Viterra site, or carriers delivering on a grower’s behalf, are required to have a valid Viterra Safety Card . If you hold a valid SitePass card for road transport you do not need a Safety Card.
- All drivers are required to comply with our site Traffic Management Plans and directions given by employees including obeying all speed restrictions and signage at all times.
- Personal protective equipment (hard hat, high-visibility clothing and enclosed footwear) must be worn everywhere outside of vehicles, amenities and offices.
- Eyewear must be worn by anyone when outside their vehicle at loading/discharge areas. This is when you are most exposed to dusty environments and at risk of an eye injury.
- If you are on our site at night we strongly encourage you to wear high visibility clothing with reflective strips.
- Children (under 15 years) need to be under their guardian’s supervision at all times. Children and passengers without a Viterra Safety Card are to remain in the cabin of the vehicle in operational areas.
- Climbing on vehicles should be minimised and only undertaken where the operator has a planned safe method to undertake the task, can maintain three points of contact and the ladder is fit for purpose.
- It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure all vehicles comply with Chain of Responsibility legislation.
Drugs and Alcohol
Viterra requires that anyone operating equipment on our sites is fit for work. This includes complying with the relevant drug and alcohol legislation.
If Viterra believes anyone on site is unfit for work, employees are authorised to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of those on site.
The same rules apply for using mobile phones on the road apply to Viterra sites.
Drivers are not permitted to operate their vehicle while using a hand held phone and can only use their phone via a hands free system.
If a hand held mobile needs to be used the vehicle must be stationary and parked.
Uncontrolled vehicle movements
We have had a number of incidents where vehicles have moved without anyone in control of that vehicle. These uncontrolled vehicle movements present a major safety risk to our people, infrastructure and the general public.
As vehicle operators the safety and security of your vehicle is your responsibility at all times.
- Apply park brakes prior to leaving the vehicle cabin
- Use park brake alarms, where fitted
- If you require disengagement of brakes for the purposes of discharging or receiving your load (e.g. tip over axle vehicles) you will be required to implement a safe system of work to the satisfaction of a Viterra employee. Please contact your Regional Office to discuss this prior to harvest.
After reviewing any incident of an uncontrolled vehicle movement, Viterra may take appropriate and necessary action. This may include requiring evidence of certification, roadworthiness and denying access to sites if a vehicle is deemed to be unsafe.
Viterra Safety Card
Growers delivering grain to a Viterra site, or carriers delivering on a grower’s behalf, are required to have a new, green Viterra Safety Card. Those that hold a SitePass Card for road transport do not need a Safety Card as well.
The Safety Card verifies that you are up to date with the relevant safety requirements, procedures and responsibilities relating to Viterra sites. You will receive the Safety Card once you have completed the new Viterra Safety Induction for Grower Deliveries.
The new safety induction is easier to use and has updated safety information we want to ensure growers and carriers delivering to our sites are aware of.
We encourage all growers and carriers to do the new Viterra Safety Induction for Grower Deliveries prior to harvest.
- The induction takes around 20 minutes to complete and includes a six question assessment on safety requirements such as traffic management, vehicle mass management, food safety and reporting incidents and injuries.
- Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be able to print a certificate to carry on site until you receive your new card. Your Viterra Safety Card will be sent to your nominated mailing address within three weeks.
Note: please disable your web browser’s pop-up blocker or click the ‘allow pop-ups’ button to complete the online module.
To ensure everyone is up to date with the latest safety information existing Safety Cards will not be accepted after 1 September 2017.
Visitors and passengers do not need a Safety Card. Passengers must remain in the vehicle in operational areas. Visitors being escorted on site or only entering the classification office, for example, having a sample tested, do not need a safety card. It is only required for those driving the vehicle that is delivering grain to the site.
Ensure you carry your Viterra Safety Card when visiting sites. Viterra employees can ask to see your card at any time along with photographic identification to verify it is your Safety Card. This is the only Safety Card recognised by Viterra.
If you are experiencing difficulties completing the induction, have lost your card or have a question please contact the Viterra Service Centre on
1800 018 205.
SitePass for contractors
Contractors undertaking work at a Viterra site must have a valid SitePass registration. Their company and their own registration must show that all relevant information/inductions have been uploaded/completed.
From 1 August 2017, only a valid SitePass registration, for contractors undertaking work, will be accepted at Viterra sites.
SitePass is an online system that allows contractors to self-register and upload qualifications, licences and insurances, and provides online induction training relevant to the type of contractor. It also allows Viterra to provide consistent safety messaging to all contractors and ensures contractors are aware of our site operations and are therefore better equipped to conduct their work in a safe environment.
Register and complete the induction and training at the SitePass website.