[7 March/Dairy Reporter]

Beca and Fonterra have partnered to develop a virtual reality health and safety training technology. A Fonterra spokesperson said they commissioned Beca to develop the tool and therefore own the rights to the application. The reason for the technology is part of Fonterra’s commitment to become a world leader in risk mitigation. Fonterra’s Director of Health and Safety, Resilience and Risk, Grey Lazzaro, said there are significant opportunities for VR, and that by replicating physical environments people could learn about and identify potential hazards quickly. Mr Lazzaro added that they saw it as being more efficient and that there was potential for the trainee to do the learning independently. Andrew Cowie, a Project Manager at Beca, noted that technology was the future of health and safety, and that it is already being used by other organisations around the world.