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August 27, 2018

Handling emergencies at the workplace

One of the worst things that can happen at the workplace is an employee getting injured. Senior leaders may partly be responsible for this so it’s up to you to do everything you can to mitigate this. There are rules, regulations, systems and processes that can help you make your workplace safe. A safe workplace means fewer injuries and people will handle a crisis much better (if it happens at all). Again, bad luck happens, but everything else is under your control. By doing everything you ca...

June 5, 2018

Machine guarding no new phenomenon

New Zealand workplaces have been required to adequately guard machinery since the Machinery Act 1950 came into force. Almost 70 years later, workplaces still aren’t getting it right, with fatalities, amputations and injuries from machinery still a reality for too many New Zealand workers.The message is prompted by the results of two sentencings in Invercargill District Court released this week, both relating to inadequate machine guarding. Niagara Sawmilling Company Limited appeared in court o...

March 5, 2018

SafePlus News - February 2018

Worksafe'sfree Resources and Guidance explain SafePlus performance requirements, their maturity scales, and what they look like in practice. We have three new specific performance requirements documents for the energy, emergency services and transport sectors. The generic version of the performance requirements is suitable for all businesses, while specific versions have been developed for sectors where health and safety is a key focus area. The team are currently working on two more s...

February 22, 2018

Playing down workplace incidents doesn’t pay

WorkSafe is warning businesses not to play down notifiable events in their workplaces.Trade Depot Ltd appeared in Auckland District Court in December following an incident where more than 200kg of plasterboard fell on a worker in Takanini. The Court has since released its sentencing decision on the matter.The May 2016 incident left the worker with a skull fracture and head injuries requiring surgery and four days hospitalisation. The company failed to notify WorkSafe of the incident at the time,...

February 19, 2018

High Hazards Newsletter - February 2018

In this issue: Update from new Chief Operating Officer Phil ParkesCheck out our new websiteEnergy SafetyHave your say on Electrical Vehicle Charging guidelinesEnergy Safety infringement noticesExtractivesPike River Mine permits transferSmall tunnel construction guidanceQuarries surveyMajor hazard faciltiiesIncident investigations and finding root causesSafety cases due April 4MHF industry forum updatePetroleum and geothermalWhat we've been up to last quarter Read the whole issue ...

February 13, 2018

Public can stay cool in your school pool

WorkSafe is reminding schools that they can still let people access their pools, through the summer break.The decision to let people access a school pool is up to a Board of Trustees, but there are some things to keep in mind, says WorkSafe’s Chief Inspector Assessments for the Central Region Marcus Nalter.“The fun of heading along to your school pool during the summer months is still something that every kiwi kid can experience. As long as your school has procedures in place for the day-to-...

February 10, 2018

Start 2018 right

Welcome to 2018! Start the new year back at work by spending some time with your team talking about how you’re all going to make this year a safe and healthy one. Worksafes Chief Executive Nicole Rosie says, “Be a health and safety hero – start the year with a good conversation with your team.”...

February 10, 2018

Keep fatigue out of the workplace

It’s a shock to the system going back to work after the holidays, particularly after a couple of weeks off over Christmas. It’s a good time to remember to look after yourself and keep getting enough sleep as the likelihood of a work-related incident can be higher if you are fatigued.“Lots of jobs rely on workers being physically and mentally alert to keep them and others safe.  “Fatigue is more than being tired – it’s physical and/or mental exhaustion, to the extent people are n...

February 10, 2018

Use the gear you've got

Safety gear is no good when it is sitting in your vehicle – and it needs to be used properly. That is the lesson following the sentencing of Stumpmaster Limited today in the North Shore District Court. Stumpmaster was cutting down a palm tree from a property when a woman walked into the path of the falling tree.  The victim suffered fractures and a laceration which required six days hospitalisation.WorkSafe’s investigation found that there was no effective exclusion zone around the tree...

February 10, 2018

NZ Workplace Health & Safety Awards

Health and safety is full of unsung heroes who work hard behind the scenes to make sure everyone goes some safe and well. It’s time to shine a light on those individuals, teams and initiatives that keep our workplaces healthy and safe.Entries for the 2018 New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards are open.These are New Zealand’s only all-sector health and safety awards, run by Safeguard magazine, in association with WorkSafe. There is a range of organisational and individual catego...

February 10, 2018

Temperatures rise in the workplace

There has been a lot of interest in heat at work over the last couple of weeks as the mercury has soared.But management of work in extreme temperatures has been a workplace health and safety consideration for many decades already, says WorkSafe’s Deputy General Manager, Investigations and Specialist Services Simon Humphries.“Employers have a legal obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) to identify risk in the workplace and mitigate that risk appropriately.“WorkSafe ...

February 10, 2018

HASANZ appoints Executive Director

The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) has appointed Philip Aldridge as its first Executive Director, with responsibility for managing its day to day operations and implementing its business strategy.HASANZ is the umbrella organisation for workplace health and safety professions and was established in September 2014 to raise professional standards to provide healthier and safer workplaces. It is preparing to launch New Zealand’s first online register of workplace health and ...

February 10, 2018

Machines a matter of life and death

There are no second chances with heavy machinery says WorkSafe after the sentencing of Easton Agriculture Limited today in Palmerston North District Court.The sentencing follows the death of a worker in August 2016 after he became trapped in a potato harvester on a farm in Shannon. The worker had been employed by the defendant for more than 30 years and was familiar with the machine he was operating. WorkSafe’s investigation found that the machine had no guarding over a nip point between expos...

February 10, 2018

Work-related health update - February 2018

In this issue: The heat is on – advice for keeping workers safe in extreme temperaturesKeep fatigue out of the workplaceNew guidance for SMEs about keeping workers healthyHazardous substances - keeping up with last year's changes Calling all businesses who want workers to reap the health benefits of good workProtect construction workers from health hazards Our CEO Nicole Rosie discusses keeping workers healthy and safeMedia release - companies must learn from their mistakesAsbestos t...

February 7, 2018

Energy safety business update - February 2018

The February 2018 issue of our Energy Safety Business Update.In this issue: Have your say on the draft consultation on EV charging safety guidelinesHave your say on amendments to caravan gas installation standardsNeed to make a notification?Read this issue ...

February 1, 2018

Asbestos update - January 2018

Please ensure that your workers hold the relevant certifications for the asbestos removal work they are employed to carry out.The relevant unit standards for asbestos work are: Unit standard 29765 to undertake class B workUnit standard 29766 to undertake class A work. To clarify: if you are doing class B work, then you must hold the unit 29765 and if you are doing class A work, then you must hold unit 29766. Holding unit 29766 does not entitle you to undertake class B work. ...

January 26, 2018

Keep fatigue out of the workplace

It’s a shock to the system going back to work after the holidays, particularly after a couple of weeks off over Christmas. It’s a good time to remember to look after yourself and keep getting enough sleep as the likelihood of a work-related incident can be higher if you are fatigued.“Lots of jobs rely on workers being physically and mentally alert to keep them and others safe.“Fatigue is more than being tired – it’s physical and/or mental exhaustion, to the extent people are no longe...

January 15, 2018

New website for Worksafe NZ

Who's seen Worksafe NZ's new website?  Thoughts?  I quite like it, am yet to have a good poke around, but I note it's update is in line with the Hazardous Substance Regulations release today...  ...

December 1, 2017

Asbestos - Safety management system on a page

To clear up confusion on what a safety management system is, Worksafe have created a visual one-page graphic that helps make it easy to see what’s required. The term safety management system conjures up images of a complex document that is in addition to the work that you already may do. But if you look at the graphic you’ll see that the majority of the system is made up of the plans, procedures and tasks you do already. The document was produced off the OHSAS 18001 standard but applies just...

September 21, 2017

Dangers of entering grain silos

This Safety Alert highlights the serious health and safety risks of entering and working in a grain silo. What happened? A worker was trapped in grain when an unloading auger was turned on while the worker was inside a grain silo.The incident occurred when two workers were working inside the silo and a third worker started up the auger, causing the grain to move. The first worker sank into  the grain and became trapped. The second worker went for help. By the time the second worker ret...

September 21, 2017

Lack of sleep could affect your safety at work

Daylight Saving this weekend is a good time to check on the amount of sleep you are getting to keep yourself and others healthy and safe as you work, says WorkSafe Chief Executive Nicole Rosie.“People who are tired and fatigued are 30% more likely to have an accident. Both businesses and workers have a responsibility to manage fatigue and the risks that arise from it.“Work and personal demands can often make it difficult to get the sleep we need to function safely throughout the day,” Ms R...

September 21, 2017

First sentencing under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015

Below is the details of the first sentencing under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015.  I really thought there would have been more media hype over the first prosecution.  It seems that the companies ability to pay the fine was a big factor in the final penalty been set.  In my opinion, I also believe that many businesses (especially small businesses) couldn't sustain a large fine, so I'm wondering if an increase in penalties was worth it!  Full media release is below... th...

September 14, 2017

New Health and Safety Association Launched

Anew umbrella association for workplace health and safety professions in NewZealand has been established. The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand(HASANZ) was launched on 10 September 2014 in Auckland by George Adams, Chairof the Independent Forestry Safety Review and of the Occupational HealthAdvisory Group set up by WorkSafe NZ. HASANZaims to raise professional standards across the occupational health and safetysector to provide healthier and safer workplaces for New Zealanders. Ithas ...

September 17, 2014

No excuse for failing to reduce risk of falls

Auckland company CMP Construction Limited has been fined $30,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $10,000 after an employee of a sub-contractor fell from a height of five metres. Mohammad Ouzoun suffered multiple fractures and significant head injuries after the fall in August 2013, and suffers ongoing medical effects including headaches and amnesia. Mr Ouzoun was installing the supporting frame for the roof of a new retirement home in Albany when he stepped on a piece of timber that had yet to ...

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