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|

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|

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|

Stress, Mental Health and Safety in the Workplace

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 [...]

2017-02-22T10:16:03+13:00December 21st, 2016|

Health and Safety in High Risk Industries

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 [...]

2017-02-22T10:21:53+13:00December 21st, 2016|

Training for a Safety Culture will Benefit Forestry Industry

Research is showing that building a positive safety culture has great safety benefits for everyone involved in the forestry sector. The New Zealand forestry industry has been labelled our deadliest sector. In 2013 one in every five workplace fatalities happened in forestry. Common injuries include lacerations and puncture wounds, fractures and dislocations, and soft tissue [...]

2017-02-22T10:20:58+13:00November 23rd, 2016|

Making the Construction Industry Workplace Safer

The construction sector is one of the largest employers in New Zealand, but it also has a significant proportion of workplace-related accidents. Health and safety measures are costly and there is considerable pressure on builders to keep costs down and start taking short cuts. The new Health and Safety at Work Act came into force on 4 April 2016. [...]

2016-12-12T15:38:09+13:00November 23rd, 2016|