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Taskforce formed: Accelerated Silicosis

In April, HeadSafe sent out an newsletter to its subscribers on Silica Dust - The Facts.  We have also brought to the attention to readers topics that we believe need a strong focus from our regulators.A task force has recently been formed to address the "urgent emerging issue"  of accelerated silicosis among stonemasons.  Based on what has been reported in Australia, we are only now looking at this serious disease in our industries.This is a serious disease that takes years to de...

June 28, 2019

What do you know about Organic solvents?

WorkSafe NZ issued a Safety Alert recently after  2 workers died in two separate incidents due to acute exposure to organic solvents.One case involved a worker who was applying a UV treatment to windows, the second case a worker was applying adhesive while laying carpet.  Both workers fell unconscious and later died.  The UV treatment and the carpet adhesive contained Organic Solvents.In these circumstances, short-term exposure to very high levels of organic solvent vapors can cau...

April 8, 2019

Deceitful Builder first to be fined under NZ Asbestos Regulation

In February 2017, prosecuted under ss 206 (1) (a), (b) and 3 (a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, and the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 Richard John Knight was fined $3000 at the Christchurch District Court.Worksafe found Knight not only was working without a Class A removal license - which ensures he is a competent person engaged to carry out the work, Knight also failed to obtain the certification required for the work he completed.Knight failed to safely mana...

March 28, 2019

Professor Bill Glass - Senior New Zealander of the Year

For over 60 years Professor Bill Glass contribution to Occupational Health in New Zealand has seen major improvements in working conditions for those exposed to life changing effects of long term exposure to substances in the workplace.Bill is a continuous advocate for the worker, he challenges his medical colleagues and government agencies to listen to the worker in order to understand the job they worker does and how it effects their daily life.The Asbestos Exposure Register was created by Bil...

February 18, 2019

Mental Health

Recently in the UK 50 business leaders called on their government to "bring mental health care in line with physical health and to make mental health first aid mandatory in all workplaces".According to Mental Health First Aid England, one in six people of working age will experience mental ill health including depression, anxiety or issues relating to stress and this is estimated to cost the UK economy over NZ$65bn a year.In a recent Safeguard article Nicole Rose (WorkSafe) talks about the chall...

November 23, 2018

Do We Take Risks WhenTravelling For Work?

An article in the NZ Herald revealed results from a survey conducted on international business travelers - it found that 41% of those who travel on an average of 40 days find their mood suffers and up to 27% experience mental health issues that can range from mild to "extremely severe".Increased engagement in their jobs was reported by 67% due to the business travel however 34% of international business travelers are more likely to engage in risky behaviour when they are traveling than at home.&...

November 16, 2018

Engineered Stone Benchtop Workers & Silicosis

Queensland recently issued a safety alert to highlight the significant health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in engineered stone bench-top manufacturing, finishing and installation industries.  Workers can be exposed to crystalline silica while cutting, grinding, sanding and polishing stone bench tops and during installation process.Generally exposure to RCS occurs during manufacture of the stone bench-top rather than during installation due to l...

October 12, 2018

Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is being reported across all sectors - schools, hospitality, retail, healthcare, community service, corporate, construction, the list goes on -  "so far as is reasonably practicable" you must ensure the health and safety of workers, and ensure that others aren't put at risk from your work.  Risk is the likelihood that a person may be harmed or suffers adverse health effects if exposed to a hazard.  Businesses invest in putting measures in place whether it be tra...

September 18, 2018

Create the Risk - Own the Risk

Did you know that in Victoria, Australia with a population of 6.3 million, have had 18 work related fatalities year to date including 2 last week - in comparison NZ has had 20 work related fatalities yet our population is only 4.6 million?Why do you think that is?In the last 2 years, NZ has had 50 work related deaths per year, excluding aviation and transport.Do the statistics matter?...

September 10, 2018

Complacency in the Workplace?

WorkSafe NZ has sounded a warning about complacency regarding health and safety, after fatality numbers in 2016 and 2017 bucking the downward trend of the previous couple of years."In general, New Zealand is seeing a stagnation of attitudes towards health and safety, which is concerning". Chief Executive Nicole Rosie told Stuff. In the years since Worksafe was established in 2013 – after the Pike River disaster – rates of workplace deaths had been falling. By 2015, fatalities ...

September 2, 2018

Bullying and Harassment

Allegations of  harassment and bullying in the workplace are nothing new but we are now starting to see the fallout of years of a culture of denial. Below is an excerpt from the WorkSafe site under "Bullying and Harassment" (dated 2 August). Workplace bullying and harassment (including sexual harassment) is a serious issue for New Zealand. Studies suggest that up to one in three workers report experiencing some form of bullying or harassment each year. Bullying and harassment allegations o...

August 28, 2018

Meth Use OZ Workers

The number of Australian workers testing positive for methamphetamine increased from 1.5% in 2016 to 1.9% last year, according to drug testing service provider Safe Work Laboratories.This equates to more than 18,500 workers in safety-sensitive industries....

August 26, 2018

Put A Sign Up!

So signs protect us eh? Yeah Nah....Think about your own compliance to Signs - you know when driving to work and there is that red circle with a number in it.  Do you comply with the speed it indicates OR do you ignore it?Yeah it doesn't really matter...At work we put up a sign DANGER KEEP OUT - do we really expect humans with the attitude above to comply to this.Remember - Signs are an Administrative Control, that is they are a "below the line of control"....

August 6, 2018

HASANZ Register

The HASANZ Register of Health and Safety Professionals was officially launched by WorkSafe Chief Executive Nicole Rosie on Friday 27th July 2018.  This marks a significant milestone for HASANZ and it's also a major milestone for the workplace Health and Safety sector as a whole.For the first time, businesses have access to a national, online register of verified health and safety professionals across disciplines.  It's free to use.  The HASANZ Register puts businesses at the centr...

August 3, 2018

Bullying Ignored

An ex-St John ambulance driver has been awarded nearly $68,000 plus further lost wages for his employer’s failure to provide him with a safe workplace and for unjustified dismissal. The employee initially complained to his employer of bullying in early 2013. He told his managers that St John Communications staff were not treating him with respect. For example, he was assigned a job by them when his ambulance was not ready, one of them hung up the phone on him, and he was not given his work ros...

August 3, 2018

World Lung Cancer Day

Businesses are today urged to save lives by accessing free practical resources to reduce the terrible toll of work-related lung cancer. A staggering 260,000 people die annually from lung, trachea and bronchus cancers caused by carcinogenic exposures at work. Ahead of #WorldLungCancerDay, being held on Wednesday 1 August, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Asbestos  Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) have joined forces to encourage employers to take action. In Br...

July 31, 2018

Downsides of open-plan

Open-plan offices are bad for health, productivity and personal interactions. Those are the results from two recently published research projects, both of which set out to prove or disprove some of the negative connotations around open-plan work spaces. A literature review, headed by Professor Ann Richardson from the University of Canterbury School of Health Sciences, found such a strong link between open-plan work environments and adverse health effects that her report spoke of “public health...

July 28, 2018

Recent Enforceable Undertaking

On 12 September 2017, WorkSafe charged McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited and Plunket Electrical Oamaru Limited for failing to ensure that risks were adequately identified, that adequate systems were in place to manage risks and that appropriate consultation, co-operation and co-ordination was undertaken between the companies.McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited had been engaged by a company to project manage the construction of four pump stations in the North Otago region.  Its role wa...

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