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Some businesses have a health and safety policy for its pre-qualification certification. Others have a health and safety policy, if the business has a quality management system (ISO9001 or ISO14000 or ISO 45001) for a more qualified H&S standard. However, there is no legal requirement in the Health and Safety at Work...

For all New Zealand businesses, taxation, GST, ACC payments, and employment agreements are a non-negotiable responsibility of business owners. The introduction of the health and safety legislation in 2015 became a more robust, non-negotiable, no excuse compliance issue that has made many businesses think twice about ignoring it. This is now...

"Primary duty of care” (Section 36 of the Health and Safety at Work Act) is, in my opinion, one of the key sections that all businesses should take note of, understand its application, and apply to their businesses. Many business owners don’t know it exists, let alone understand its implications if...

Recently, there was a case in Napier of an Air New Zealand traveller refusing to wear a face mask, as required by government and the airline safety rules. This raises an interesting and challenging question, as to the ability of a business to enforce the wearing of face masks for...

If your business has implemented a quality management system, then you will, or should, be on top of your game, as this requirement is an important part of any quality management system. When it comes to health and safety, it’s my experience that document reviews are infrequent or non-existent, as one...

The last twelve months has been, and still are, a challenging time for all countries with the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand has not escaped the heartache, fear, stress, and anguish that has been associated with this horrible event. From a business viewpoint, the pandemic resulted in lockdowns, business closure or downsizing, and...

If humans could fly, they would have been born with wings - but because they are not, preventing falls is a responsibility of employers , especially if their employees are working at heights. There was recently a case where a contractor had been engaged to assist in a re-roofing job for...

If you don’t encourage brainstorming with your employees, you just might be missing an opportunity to take your business from zero to hero! No one person, business owner, manager, or supervisor has a mortgage on knowledge. A business may have 25 employees - what an opportunity with 25 fantastic, creative, qualified,...

Recently, we attended a health and safety forum, where WorkSafe NZ presented a program for employee involvement, via what is known as the PDCA cycle.  This is not a new concept - in fact, Gordon has been teaching this process to first line managers for over 30 years! What is the...

With contractor prequalification part of the New Zealand health and safety scene, this process can still be frustrating and time consuming for many smaller business operations. For many small businesses, whomever does the administration of the business, is also in charge of HR, and thus ends up the health and safety...