Hazards and Risks for Visitors on Motuihe Island

If you are planning to visit Motuihe Island as a volunteer with Motuihe Trust please read the following important health and safety messages. If you are the leader or organiser of a group visiting, please ensure that your group knows this information too.

We want you to enjoy your visit, and we do our best towards making that happen, but it does depend on everyone being responsible and not doing anything beyond your capabilities. We also ask you to pay attention to what the group leaders are asking you to do. It is an island environment – it’s not so easy to call for help.

First Aid kits are located in the woolshed, kiosk and on the tractor. Small kits are carried on planting and weeding groups.

Activity

Risks or Hazards

What you do about it

General

If it looks unsafe

 

Don’t do it. Let us know about it.

 

Weather (sun/heat; rain/cold/storm)

Wear/bring appropriate clothing for the island and boat transport (sunhats/sunscreen; wet weather gear, sweater)

 

Slips (landslides), track blockages

Keep clear; Do not approach; Alert us to any unmarked slips that you come across

 

Dehydration

Bring bottled water. Drink plenty of water – before you get thirsty.  Remember there are no shops on the island.

 

Isolated work places

 

Don’t work on your own; don’t go off on your own.

Keep an eye on the members of your group/family.

 

Exhaustion/tiredness

 

Don’t overdo it; work at your own pace; take a break

 

Uneven surfaces

Wear sturdy footwear; take your time; check before you go; move carefully. Stick to marked tracks unless with a planting group.

 

Medical conditions/allergy

Bring medication, alert supervisor to potential risk or allergy if appropriate

 

Steep cliffs

Keep to marked tracks unless with a planting group. Keep clear of bluffs and steep hillsides.

 

Tree climbing

 

Do not climb trees

 

Fire

No open fires allowed on the island.

Closely monitor all BBQs.

Take  all cigarette ends and used matches with you.

 

Limited toilet facilities - main block is by the wharf.

Make use of the facilities that are there


Emergency

Don t go off on your own.

Know the  phone number of your group leader. 

Motuihe Trust group  leaders carry a mobile phone.

Call 111.

Ensure you have given your group leader, or us, your emergency contact details.

There are no defibrillators on the island.

Activity

Risks or Hazards

What you do about it

Planting

 

Spades – sharp end can cause injury

Carry spade with blade down, always leave spade standing up, not lying on the ground where it can get hidden.

 

 

Uneven ground, deep grass hiding hazards/holes

Wear study footwear. Go slowly, watch where you walk.

 

Digging

Mind your back.  Don’t strain

When you dig, ensure all feet and hands are out of the way.

 

Lifting plants

 

Don t lift more than you feel comfortable with.

 

Tractor

Keep away from moving tractor, allow adequate passing space on tracks. Do not climb on tractor or trailer. Follow Tractor driver’s instructions.

Nursery

Potting mix  - inhalation risk

Only adults to open and take potting mix from big white bags.  Use masks. Wash hands after use

 

Dust hazard

 

Don’t stir up dust by running around, children playing

 

Wet slippery surfaces

 

Go slowly. Wear sturdy footwear

Weeding

Injury from hand tools

 

Wear gloves and sturdy footwear

 

Irritation from moth plant and other weeds

Wear protective clothing and gloves provided

 

Uneven ground, deep grass hiding hazards/holes

Wear study footwear. Go slowly, watch where you walk.

 

Herbicide

Wear protective clothing including gloves. All persons using spray chemicals to hold a Growsafe certificate, or to work under the supervision of a person holding a Growsafe Handler certificate

Follow instructions.

 

Hand held motorised equipment eg weedeaters

 

Only approved users permitted to operate. Wear protective clothing