Changes to Maximum Allowable Weight of Greasy Wool Bales in Industry Code of Practice
The National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Inc comprises associations and organisations involved in the domestic
and international trading of greasy and scoured wool. The Council acts as the New Zealand member of the International
Wool Textile Organisation, which represents the interests of the wool textile trade at the global level.
The National Council and its members are committed to providing a safe working environment throughout the wool industry.
Increasing concerns relating to bales weighing over 200kg (which are estimated to cover approximately 6% of the national
clip) have prompted the Council to address the issue. Bales weighing in excess of 200kg can contribute to workplace
accidents and throughout the industry provide a significant problem during dumping and shipping. These bales have been
assessed as hazards during transport and handling, with changes deemed necessary to comply with tougher Occupational
Health and Safety laws being introduced in New Zealand.
As a consequence, the National Council has recently made amendments to the Industry Code of Practice in relation to the
maximum allowable weight of bales of greasy wool. The maximum allowable weight is now restricted to 200kg.
The New Zealand Wool Brokers Association and the Federation of Private Wool Merchants have been actively promoting the
new bale weight limits to growers through their respective newsletters. Woolgrowers are encouraged to comply with the
new bale weight limit to minimise any re-packing and additional charges that may be incurred.