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Corporate Responsibility

Health & Safety


The Health and Safety of Cardinal’s Staff and visitors, not just on site but also out on the road, is an important part of the culture throughout the company. We want to ensure that everyone goes home safe, everyday.

Specialised software Promapp and Greentree have been implemented to assist with documenting all policies and processes, recording and analysing incidents/hazards/risks, creating and recording training sessions which make the workplace safer and therefore decreasing incidents, damages and potential mistakes. More recently, Cardinal has created a Health and Safety Mascot called Cardy which is displayed throughout all sites nationwide. He emphasizes new OH&S policies, reminders about reporting incidents and other important OH&S focuses in an accessible and friendly way.

Another major focus is Health and Safety training for all staff throughout all levels of the business nationwide. Cardinal has a comprehensive internal program which trains Health and Safety Level One. This covers High Risk processes,  policies, Food Safety, Reporting incidents / events, Positive Communication and Team work. Health and Safety Level 2 (HSR 2) is offered to H&S Representatives and Supervisors, we also have Senior Leaders doing Level 3-7.

The following accreditations ensure that Cardinal holds itself to the highest standard in Health and Safety:

• ACC Fleetsaver Bronze

• ACC WSMP Seconday

• Building WOF

• Dangerous Goods Certification

• Food Control Plan Accreditation


• Operator Rating System 4 Stars (top 15%)

• Risk Management Program (dairy products) Accreditation

• Transition Facility Certificate

Health & Wellbeing

Also under the Health and Safety umbrella, improving the employee’s wellbeing leads to an overall increase in DIFOT (Delivered-In-Full-On-Time) by reducing injuries and mistakes and increasing concentration, motivation and productivity.

The continuous focus on Health & Wellbeing will be done by monthly active events organised by the staff across the sites including motivational speakers, challenges and activities as well as starting up various sports teams. Cardinal has recently worked together with Sport Auckland to provide complementary nutritionist sessions, pedometers and goal planning to the staff interested.

The result was a Cardinal Biggest Loser and Step Counting challenge involving hundreds of staff. Managing Director Tony Gorton is driving this initiative, he explains “We had staff members from all walks of life involved in the most recent Weight Loss and Pedometer Steps challenge. The greatest part was all the encouragement within the teams towards each other and it really did change the lives of various members of our team. We hope that this spurrs a change of culture into a more healthy and positive workplace”.