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Safety Responsibilities in the Adventure Sector

New Zealand has a global reputation as an adventure tourism destination. A 2013 Tourism NZ study found that 1 in 2 international holiday visitors did some kind of adventure tourism activity during their stay. It's an important industry so we must do everything we can to keep ourselves and our visitors safe. Our New Zealand [...]

2017-05-23T12:28:01+13:00May 23rd, 2017|

Near Misses in the Workplace

Every day we experience near misses. Some are closer than others. They're the ones when you know that with just a slight change in circumstances you could have been seriously injured. When these near misses occur in the workplace they can be seen as both a warning and an opportunity - a warning that a [...]

2017-05-23T12:22:13+13:00May 23rd, 2017|

Improving Workplace Safety Not a Simple Flick of the Switch

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 [...]

2017-04-23T13:41:54+13:00April 23rd, 2017|

PPE – Why It Makes Good Business Sense

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 [...]

2017-04-23T13:38:15+13:00April 23rd, 2017|

Duty of Care in Health and Safety

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 [...]

2017-03-23T18:03:42+13:00March 23rd, 2017|

First Aid at Work Makes a Difference

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 [...]

2017-03-23T18:01:07+13:00March 23rd, 2017|

How to Improve Health & Safety in the Workplace

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 [...]

2017-02-22T14:29:31+13:00February 22nd, 2017|

Sun Protection Imperative for Outdoor Workers

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 [...]

2017-03-02T09:45:21+13:00February 22nd, 2017|

Understanding Risk Assessments in Health and Safety

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 [...]

2017-03-02T09:44:47+13:00January 22nd, 2017|

Health and Safety at your Holiday House or Rental

It’s that time of the year when we escape the cities and the daily grind, rent a little holiday house by the beach, bush or river and unwind for a week or two. If you own a holiday home that you rent out to others, you need to be aware of your responsibilities under the [...]

2017-03-02T09:45:47+13:00January 22nd, 2017|