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Improving Workplace Safety Not a Simple Flick of the Switch

By | April 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

In April 2016, the new Health and Safety at Work Act came into force, significantly increasing penalties for those compromising workplace safety. Courts have served more than $1.7 million in fines and reparation orders across the Waikato region alone since 2014. Richard Wagstaff, president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, said that although it was [...]

PPE – Why It Makes Good Business Sense

By | April 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment can be expensive so if budgets are tight, do you really need to provide it?  Yes. Not only is PPE an essential legal requirement, but it also makes great business sense. Above all else, employers have a legal duty to provide PPE. The Health and Safety regulations now states that [...]

Duty of Care in Health and Safety

By | March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Caring for others, whether at home or in the workplace is a human trait most of us experience in one form or another. In legal terms, a duty of care is an obligation to provide a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that might foreseeably harm others. Duty of care forms a key principle in the [...]

First Aid at Work Makes a Difference

By | March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

First aid gives employees the knowledge and, more importantly, the confidence to spring into action in an emergency. Whether it's for a customer or colleague, when an emergency happens, knowing what to do and what not to do can make all the difference. If you're running a business, the new Health and Safety legislation requires you [...]

How to Improve Health & Safety in the Workplace

By | February 22nd, 2017|Blog|

The implementation of health and safety systems is an ongoing process that requires constant monitoring and adjustment to be most successful. It's a process that is sometimes referred to as the Health and Safety Improvement Cycle. By working through the cycle of Review, Plan and Action, you can set up and support effective health and [...]

Sun Protection Imperative for Outdoor Workers

By | February 22nd, 2017|Blog|

UV radiation is a high-energy radiation that can cause damage to human cells. It can result in sunburn and may lead to cancer. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of melanoma cancer in the world, putting people who work outdoors at risk. From farmers and construction workers to gardeners and courier drivers, employers [...]

Understanding Risk Assessments in Health and Safety

By | January 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Under the new Health and Safety legislation, assessment of risk is a key part of hazard management in the workplace. Having a good understanding of risk assessment and how to do it can help keep your staff safe – which is also good for business. A risk assessment is the process of identifying those things [...]

Stress, Mental Health and Safety in the Workplace

By | December 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

The new Health and Safety Act provides for mental health issues, so employers will need to consider the mental health of their workers as part of providing a safe workplace. Traditionally, Worksafe has focused on physical harms, however these days, more and more of us work inside, at a desk. The type of workplace hazards [...]

Health and Safety in High Risk Industries

By | December 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

There are more than 200,000 work related injuries each year in New Zealand that result in a claim to ACC. That’s significantly more per head of population than our nearest neighbours, Australia. Under the new health and safety legislation, your business is considered to be in a high risk industry if there is increased risk [...]

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