Health and Safety News and Resources

Keeping you up to date with the latest Health and Safety News and Resources.

What does reasonably practicable mean?

23 October 2015

Businesses must always consider first whether they can reasonably eliminate risks. If not they must take reasonably practicable steps to minimise risks under new health and safety laws that take effect next year. But what might this mean for your business?

There is a lot of misinformation and confusion about what reasonably practicable means.

Reasonably Practicable Steps

If you provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to your workers, here’s how to stay compliant when new laws take effect in April 2016

25 September 2015

Health and safety: Providing protective gear

Checklist: Companies Amendment Act changes

17 September 2015

If your business is a registered company, a law change means you must have a director who lives in New Zealand – or who lives in Australia and is a director of an Australian registered company – by 28 October.

You’ll also need to provide some extra information about directors and any ultimate holding company with your next annual return.

Make sure you’re sorted by following this quick and easy checklist.

Checklist: Companies Amendment Act changes

At the top table

This article written by Simon Arcus, CEO of IoD, explains why company directors are paying attention to health and safety like never before in the Safeguard magazine March / April 2015: Issue 150.

At the top table

Lyttelton Port Company ordered to pay $138,000 over worker’s death

6 August 2015

A WorkSafe New Zealand investigation found multiple failures by the Port Company contributed to Mr Fletcher’s death, including poor maintenance, a lack of training and inadequate systems for identifying faulty machinery and returning it to safe use.

Lyttelton Port Company ordered to pay $138,000 over worker’s death

Spray painting company fined for breaching prohibition notice

2 July 2015

WorkSafe health and safety inspectors visited L & L Marriott Holdings Limited’s premises and saw spray painting in a workshop area with no extraction system. There were unsafe lights and electrical sources in the same area as the spray painting, creating a risk of explosion. The spray painter was wearing a half mask respirator, which is unsuitable for spray painting with isocyanates, and another employee was walking around the workshop area with no personal protective clothing or respiratory equipment on when paint fumes were clearly visible.

Spray painting company fined for breaching prohibition notice

Health & Safety Resources

Essential First Aid Training

Providing first aid training for the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Auckland and the upper North Island.

Industrial Footwear & Safety

Suppling a wide range of work boots, work clothing and safety gear.

WorkSafe New Zealand

The newly established health and safety regulatory body is WorkSafe New Zealand, their website contains a range of notifications, information, guidance, research, tools and resources to assist in familiarising yourself with the proposed legislative changes.