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This is a warning to all businesses after a recent High Court judgement that has given guidelines to sentence employers who fail to protect the health and safety of workers. The judgement stems from the 2015 Health and Safety at Work Act and gives guidelines to sentencing people found guilty under...

Has red tape bureaucracy been taken to the extreme? Spotted - at a DOC hut recently.  Three signs surrounding the one and only door to the hut. “In case of fire, go outside and call out FIRE, FIRE, FIRE to the others in the hut"...

Just to clarify - this yellow card is not a foul or for doing something wrong, but is part of a positive, no-blame system for encouraging employees to bring their health and safety concerns or ideas for improvements of a business, to the attention of their employers. Previously I have made...

Are you chasing the great white whale? If you are a contractor or a self-employed tradesman, and your business is a one-man band or small to medium business (SME), this parallel to business is something to think about. In Herman Melville's fictional novel Moby Dick, Captain Ahab, the monomaniacal captain, was obsessed...

Have you read about the Opua dog swimming races? Is this just another case of red tape, blue-tape or bureaucracy gone raving mad? I contacted the principal of Opua School and gave him a few health and safety pointers - but what was interesting was his comments about leaving the UK, to...

Institutional knowledge is defined as 'the knowledge that is known or held within an organisation by individuals, groups or as described in policies, procedures and other documents that are accessible to the people involved'. The purpose of this article is to raise an alert as to the dangers and the potential...

How often do you or your management team challenge the status quo to see if there is a better and smarter way to improve your work methods, to improve quality, safety, and to increase your profit? There is an adage that states “If you look after the pennies, the pounds will...

Does high definition sound and the "boom boom" of heavy sound or rock speakers at a concert make your chest feel uncomfortable, give you a headache and assault your eardrums? The same effect can apply in employment, and sustained noise level in a workplace can increase stress to employees, leading to...

We trained hard but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of...

Getting it right the first time! It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “if I had nine hours to cut down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening my axe”. When it comes to the employment systems in your business, have you planned for this or is it something that just happens...