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In Safe Hands Toolkit

The resource “In Safe Hands Toolkit” Edition 2 is now available in New Zealand. The toolkit has been developed by Conservation Volunteers New Zealand with over 30 years of experience in safety management whilst completing activities in conservation. The Toolkit is a safety management system for community groups involved in environmental activities.

In Safe Hands ToolkitThe “In Safe Hands Toolkit” provides a system which includes:

  • Legislation Overview
  • Safety Policy and Procedures
  • OHS Guidance Notes
  • Safety Prompts
  • Volunteer Induction, and
  • Document Templates.

The “In Safe Hands Toolkit” is a must-have for a community groups who do not have the resources or knowledge to develop safety management systems. The toolkit shows you HOW to be safe on a community conservation activity and shows you WHAT you can do in very practical ways to manage safety.

The In Safe Hands Toolkit programme is comprised of three key elements:

  1. In Safe Hands Toolkit Manual [both hard-copy and electronic versions]
  2. Training in safety management ; Using the In Safe Hands Toolkit Manual
  3. Mentoring individual groups in safety management : implementing the toolkit

Training and the In Safe Hands Toolkit

Groups attending In Safe Hands Toolkit workshops consistently tell us that the workshops and toolkit resource have provided them with the knowledge, tools and perhaps most importantly, the confidence to implement simple safety processes that allow them to keep volunteers safe- and productive.

Conservation Volunteers has delivered over 300 In Safe Hands Toolkit workshops in Australasia and has helped over 4,000 environmental community groups improve their safety practice.

In Safe Hands Toolkit Mentor Program

In addition to the In Safe Hands Toolkit and the training in the use of the Toolkit, Conservation Volunteers provides safety mentoring to individual groups. CV is able to spend quality time with an individual group, listen and research what is currently in place for safety management and is unique about the group. CV has a systematic audit process to use in mentoring which ultimately results in an Action Report for the group to review and decide on their next steps.

Some Feedback from In Safe Hands Toolkit Workshops

I found this course super useful. It provides the information in an easy to understand format that is exactly what Community Based Organisations and Regional Councils are asking for:”

Alison Bower, Environment Canterbury


“The brush up on the OSH law was excellent for us, & we really enjoyed your entertaining workshop presentation.”

Imi Tovia, Trustee – Avondale Community Gardeners


“We trustees of Muriwai Environmental Action Community Trust, (MEACT) have adopted the ISH toolkit as our standard template and reference manual at our last trust meeting. Thanks very much for the work you are doing – if I get the opportunity to recommend your toolkit to other like- minded entities I certainly will get them to contact you and your organisation.”

Michael Fitchett, Auckland Conservation Board/ MEACT/ Motutapu Restoration Trust


“I think the groups really valued the resources and the guidance. I think the workshop really got them thinking about their obligations and responsibilities. And, generally, it was a great platform for raising awareness about the various aspects of H&S. I was thrilled to see a full workshop. Clearly, there is a demand for this type of up-skilling.”

Amy Brasch, Ranger Supervisor, Community – Kaitiaki Tauawhi, Āo Hāpori/ Department of Conservation- Te Papa Atawhai


“Thanks for the excellent workshop. We are having our first working bee and are putting out traps today. We have done our risk assessment and much better planning than we would have had we not been on your course. Perfect timing!”

Siobhan, Picton Dawn Chorus Group

Learn More

To find out more about how the In Safe Hands Toolkit can assist groups to meet their duty of care, or to enquire about In Safe Hands Toolkit workshop use the form below or contact:

Dave Sharp
National Programmes and Safety Manager
m. +64 (0) 27 642 8230
[email protected]

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