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What is the difference between policies, processes, procedures, task instructions, and safe operating procedures? The New Zealand health and safety industry are full of acronyms, and this too often becomes confusing to business owners and employees, especially when one considers the influx of workers from offshore.  Another factor is that it...

Does the Health and Safety at Work Act mean we can’t have Christmas parties? You can still have Christmas parties! A couple of things to note though: Whether the party is in your workplace or at another venue, you as the host are still responsible, as it is a work function.  Do...

A court prosecution mentioned in a recent article is something that all business owners should be aware of, as it has never been previously tested in the courts The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 defined the responsibilities of a PCBU and that of the officers of a business. A...

Having 20/20 vision After reading a recent WorkSafe article about silica dust,  I feel so lucky and privileged. Why? As a young man, I served my apprenticeship as a carpenter, and in those days,  PPE was something that sounded like a disease that one would not like to catch. I still remember...

It's still early days with the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Hasmate are hoping the All Blacks are there right until the very end! From a business point of view, over this time, there are some things to consider: Some of your employees will be coming to work tired. Yes, they...

We are often asked "what health and safety documents do I need to be compliant with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015?" In short, there is no hard and fast solution for any business in any industry. However, we know the importance of documentation.  Whether it's online or on paper. It's...

Recently, a family owned business in Christchurch were fined $400,000 for the death of a valued employee, when heavy steel pipes being prepared for shipping slipped and cascaded onto him. The judge said the company had not developed safe work practices for handling the pipes. There was a failure to provide...

I first wrote the following article in March 2011. With mental health now being recognised as a prime workplace and health issue, I thought it would be pertinent to revisit this subject that is ever increasing to make the headlines. 47% of New Zealanders will experience a mental disorder such as...

In the arena of health and safety in New Zealand, we are swamped with acronyms and abbreviations, that to many are meaningless, and to some, confusing. An example of this are the term JSA,  SSSP, SWMS, JSEA and others. These translate to the following: a JSA is a Job Safety Analysis; ...

Does having safe operating procedures in your workplace equal engagement and understanding by your employees? I wish the answer was yes, but it’s definitely not. It is recommended (but not a legal requirement) for a business to have documented processes and procedures about how they are to safely use equipment, machinery, chemicals,...