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The National Safety Show 2015

25 – 27 June 2017

Sunday 25th 9am - 6pm
Monday 26th 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 27th 9am - 4pm

ASB Showgrounds Auckland

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Industrial Safety News
NZ Safety Council
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Work Safe New Zealand
Warehouse Stationary
Industrial Safety News
NZ Safety Council
ministry of business, innovati
Work Safe New Zealand

Cutting corners costs cropping company

Disregard for employee health and safety left a worker a tetraplegic and resulted in a total of $386,300 in fines and reparation for a horticultural company and its director  Wai Shing Ltd and its director Franklin Wai Shing were each charged in the Pukekohe District Court under section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act (1992) for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employee while at work. Continue →

Are you losing your grip?

Are your employees exposed to or suffer from debilitating and frustrating carpal tunnel and OOS, asks Hasmate Director Gordon Anderson During a conversation, a friend’s son-in-law mentioned he had worked in the forest industry for eight years and had operated a log recovery excavator with a Waratah head that required  him to multifunction by working a set of toggle controls. Continue →

Automated software helping boost health and safety

Automated health and safety software is in hot demand following the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 says Hamish Howard, managing director of leading health and safety software provider Assura Speaking recently to the National Business Review, lawyer Sarah Shortall, best known for representing Pike River directors following the 2010 disaster, put the need New Zealand had to change behaviour succinctly: Some of the ‘great’ aspects of New Zealand workplace culture – including working hard and getting things done and being innovative – have had the unintended, negative consequence of workers taking some shortcuts – not with an intent, in my view, to make people unhealthy or unsafe but rather to just get on and get work completed.” While I understand her sentiment, it’s important to remember that EVERYONE, workers and employers, have a duty to make sure the workplace is safe and healthy. Continue →

Taking aim at better farm safety

Duck shooting season is an ideal time to remind farmers of their duties with regard to events and visitors under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, WorkSafe believes The health and safety regulator wants to remind farmers that the law insists they ensure that work areas on the farm are safe, and don’t pose a risk to the health and safety of any person. Continue →

Beware the hidden dangers of timber blocks

  Using timber blocks to support or stabilise a large piece of equipment or a heavy load has long been accepted practice, but experience has shown that it’s not the safest or most efficient option Occupational health and safety professionals know that timber, when used as a support, is a serious safety risk for workers, being unpredictable, unsafe and unnecessary. Continue →

Manage strangulation hazards on play equipment

Strangulation can cause serious injury, and in some cases death, WorkSafe NZ warns The health and safety regulator notes that there have been incidents where a young child has become entangled in a rope or cord while playing on play equipment. Continue →

New location system for mobile emergency calls

A new caller location system for 111 mobile phone calls will improve public safety and help save lives, ministers claim “The new system will automatically provide emergency services with a probable location of a caller when they dial 111,” Police Minister Paula Bennett says. Continue →

On-site tool service for better workplace safety

On-site tool servicing not only cuts downtime and optimises efficiency, it also helps improve and maintain workplace safety  Not having to ship out valuable maintenance and fabrication tools – including torque wrenches, hand pumps or cylinders – just for a service or calibration means staff can get back to the job quicker. Continue →

Keep talking for safer farms

A former Young Farmer of the Year stresses the importance of communication when it comes to farm safety David Kidd grew up on a farm with strong verbal communication around health and safety. Continue →

Quad clarification clears the confusion

WorkSafe New Zealand has clarified the circumstances in which it is acceptable to carry passengers on single-seat quad bikes, in consultation with Federated Farmers, Beef + Lamb NZ, and DairyNZ Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 2015, persons conducting a business or undertaking such as farming must identify and manage risks arising from work, so far as is reasonably practicable. Continue →

Shining a light on melanomas not caused by the sun

‘Slip, slop, slap’ is synonymous with playing it safe in the sun whether at work or play, but new research tells a different story for those affected by rarer forms of melanoma The genetic study has found that melanomas on the hands and feet (known as acral) and internal surfaces (known as mucosal) are not linked to ultraviolet (UV) radiation – in contrast to melanoma of the skin, which is strongly related to UV radiation. Continue →

New online logbook and work time refresher course

DT Driver Training has added a logbook and work time refresher module to its Fleet Driver Training Plan It helps companies ensure that their drivers know how to fill out their logbooks and calculate their work time, and therefore avoid fines and demerits. Continue →

Diabetes app forecasts blood sugar levels

First-of-its-kind, personalized glucose forecasting tool may make meal planning simpler for type 2 diabetes patients Researchers have developed a personalized algorithm that predicts the impact of particular foods on an individual’s blood sugar levels, according to a new study. Continue →

New licensing system for asbestos removal

The recent asbestos regulation changes mean a move from certificate of competency to a licencing system, WorkSafe advises All Certificates of Competence will expire on or before 4 April 2018, when the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 take full effect. Continue →

The power of exercise for mental health

Exercise helps to relieve stress, improve sleep patterns, boost the mood, improve concentration and sharpen the memory; making for better workers, colleagues and employees It is also widely recognised as an effective tool to relieve moderate depression and anxiety symptoms and prevent relapses. Continue →

Site Safe launches online learning

Site Safe has launched its first-ever blended online course The not-for-profit membership health and safety organisation has designed a new course combining the advantages of online and in-class learning, so trainees will now have even more flexibility when they renew Site Safety Cards (Passports). Continue →

Some emergency kits a recipe for disaster

A Consumer NZ report on pre-made emergency survival kits provides a timely reminder for businesses and employers concerned about staff safety The consumer organisation found most either lacked key items, contained gear of poor quality or weren’t good value Consumer NZ looked at seven pre-made “getaway” kits that claim to have most of the gear one person needs to survive for three days when they need to evacuate in a hurry. Continue →

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Safety in numbers – sharing HSWA duties

The new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) is based on the underlying assumption that those who create or work with occupational risks, or can influence or direct them, are best placed to identify and manage those risks, note Sherridan Cook and Mere King It is intended to change workplace health and safety laws to keep up to date with modern working arrangements, which can contain multiple employers with diverse workforces made up of employees, contractors, subcontractors, volunteers and others. Continue →

Hosting drinks?  Be sure to think

The introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) is provoking a range of reactions – from the ridiculous to the sublime, and mostly somewhere in between – Lorraine Hercus and Hamish Kynaston note One example is the approach that some workplaces are taking to after-work drinks, or to the availability of alcohol more generally in the workplace or at work-related events. Continue →

Fatal Australian court case holds valuable lessons

The legal ruling is a timely reminder of officers’ responsibilities under the Health and Safety At Work Act 2015, warn Buddle Findlay Partner Susan Rowe and Solicitor Philippa Moran The recent Australian case of Brett McKie v Munir Al-Hasani & Kenoss Contractors Pty Ltd (In Liq) [2015] ACTIC 1 indicates that a narrow interpretation of “officer” might be taken by the courts in New Zealand. Continue →

Risks rise when tradies turn houses into workplaces

Health and safety risks are just as prevalent in the home as they are in many workplaces – if not more so – according to Buddle Findlay Partner Sherridan Cook and Senior Solicitor Alexandra Wallace   However, it is not until a home becomes a workplace that health and safety obligations arise under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA). Continue →

Clear disregard for safety proves expensive

Sub-optimal demolition work of three residential buildings placed workers and neighbours at significant risk of asbestos exposure and landed the home owner with a large clean-up bill, WorkSafe says The dangers of asbestos have long been recognised, which is why the extensive failings of P&M Demolition Specialists Ltd and its sole director, Jade Ngaha, are so disturbing, the health and safety regulator explains. Continue →

Assessing and reducing harmful sexual behaviour

University of Canterbury (UC) research is paving the way towards improved accuracy in risk assessment and better informed treatment approaches to ultimately contribute to reducing harmful sexual behaviour in the community, including the workplace UC Lecturer in Clinical Psychology Dr Sarah Christofferson is working with three community agencies involved with treating harmful sexual behaviour to validate a risk and change assessment tool. Continue →

Control risks as soon as they are identified

Fixing or putting in place interim controls for significant risks at the time they are identified would likely have prevented a visitor’s death at South Port New Zealand in November 2015, says WorkSafe New Zealand The victim drowned when he lost control of his vehicle and slid off a wharf which had not been properly cleaned. Continue →

Cycling or walking to work linked to health benefits

Active commuting by bicycle is associated with a substantial decrease in the risk of death from all causes, cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD), compared with non-active commuting by car or public transport, a study in The BMJ has found Walking is also associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but the risk of death from cancer was no different than non-active commuting, the results show. Continue →

Put your foot down on diabetes

The simple act of walking down stairs could help prevent diabetes, according to new research from Edith Cowan University, which cites something known as eccentric exercise Researchers from ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences recruited 30 obese elderly women and put them on an exercise program, with half walking upstairs and the others walking downstairs. Continue →

Dealing with emotional exhaustion enhances happiness

New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests that the process of dealing with emotional exhaustion can sometimes increase happiness The study examined when and how dealing with emotional exhaustion can enhance happiness in a work environment. Continue →

Hard helmets for horsey kids?

A new study has recommended helmets should always be worn by children, not only when riding horses but also when around horses, in a bid to reduce the risk of head injuries The research conducted by The University of Queensland’s Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research Group is one of few recent comprehensive studies of paediatric horse-related trauma in Australia. Continue →

New sensor helps control air quality

A new particle sensor designed to help building owners and managers monitor the air for potentially harmful particulate contaminants caused by dust, soot and smoke has been released by Honeywell Honeywell’s HPM series particle sensor is designed to work in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and consumer products such air purifiers to measure air quality in homes, buildings and public spaces. Continue →

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Vertical Horizonz: See us at the National Safety Show 25-27 June

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Intaks Scaffolding: See us at the National Safety Show 25-27 June

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ATG Glove Solutions: See us at the National Safety Show 25-27 June

When choosing cut-resistant gloves in the United States or Europe, there are new test methods, a new way of classifying the results and the addition of letters and numbers to assist the user to make a more informed choice. Continue →

EdenFX: See us at the National Safety Show 25-27 June

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Tru-Bilt: See us at the National Safety Show 25-27 June

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Lynn River: See us at the National Safety Show 25-27 June

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Safety & Apparel Ltd.: See us at the National Safety Show 25-27 June

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Pro Choice Safety Gear: See us at the National Safety Show 25-27 June

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Could smartphones help prevent strokes?

Worldwide the number of people affected by and remaining disabled from stroke has increased significantly Although ageing and population growth has been shown to be the main drivers of this increased, not all of the increased stroke burden can be accounted for by these demographic changes. Continue →

Four-dimensional approach for all-round wellness

Life today is such a non-stop scramble that too many of us end the day feeling overwhelmed and exhausted – but there are solutions says certified life coach, motivational speaker and founder of holistic wellness company Rise & Shine Jo van der Walle We let our well-being fall through the cracks simply keeping our heads above water and it’s taking a huge toll. Continue →

Responsible Care

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Red Cross: See us at the National Safety Show 25-27 June

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Knowing the unknowable – how to prevent disaster

We live in an era of dramatic, improbable events that adversely affect the economy, the environment, the fate of household name companies and people’s welfare and health, observes software marketing professional Gordon McKeown  Or at least they seem improbable until they hurl themselves violently upon us from the shadows of our agreeable ignorance. Continue →

Safer, swifter and more productive workplace ladders

A leading global range of ladder systems and access equipment purpose-built to provide solutions to major workplace safety and efficiency issues has been introduced by United Forklift and Access Solutions The Elevah range – for which United has been appointed exclusive national distributor – is focussed on enhancing workplace efficiency while preventing accidents and falls from lower heights, which are one of the leading causes of serious injury in workplaces worldwide. Continue →

Cutting-edge creation cuts costs

An Australian innovation about to enter world markets automates the hazardous, costly and never-ending task of slashing roadside grass around millions of poles, fences, safety barriers and signposts lining highways and byways Instead of whole teams of roadside workers laboriously manually trimming vegetation around the multitude of safety fence poles and advisory signs involved, the new SlasherTeck innovation uses one man on a tractor to do the job in a fraction of the time. Continue →

Assessing the risk of client-initiated violence

Russel John Tully’s killing of two Ashburton Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) staff members in September 2014 highlighted the ever-present risk of client-initiated violence, note Buddle Findlay lawyers Sherridan Cooke and Mere King Tully set upon a plan to kill the employees who had dealt with him, after they had declined a number of his requests for assistance. Continue →

Fatigue management – a worker’s guide

Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy – in a work context fatigue is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion that reduces a person’s ability to perform work safely and effectively It can occur because of prolonged or intense mental or physical activity, sleep loss and/or disruption of the internal body clock. Continue →

A new era in managing hazardous substances

New Zealand’s system for managing hazardous substances is changing to reflect the government’s health and safety reform, Environmental Protection Authority Senior Policy Advisor Tania van Maanen explains The rules around managing risks to workers using hazardous substances will be transferred from the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO) and regulations implemented by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSW) and regulations implemented by WorkSafe New Zealand. Continue →

A new safety benchmark for major projects

A zero-harm approach on a key infrastructure project led the Fulton Hogan John Holland Joint Venture to success at the 2016 Site Safe Health and Safety in Construction Awards A major project to protect the security of Auckland’s water supply, the Hunua 4 watermain runs for 31km, from Redoubt North Reservoir in Manukau Heights to the Khyber Pass Reservoir. Continue →


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