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"Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms" - a documentary shown in 2018 at the New Zealand International Film Festival in Auckland - is a presentation to tribute the visionary scientist Sir Paul Callaghan, who passed away in 2012. He was a great New Zealander who left a legacy to New Zealand,...

If you have ever been asked by your customers to supply information about your health and safety policy or systems, what do you supply? A question we often get asked is, do I have to do this or what should I give them?  Do I have to give them a copy...

We have had several enquiries recently for health and safety plans from sole operators and two-man contractors. It appears that the PCBUs of larger companies are now putting the pressure on these small operators and are wanting to ensure that they have their health and safety bases covered. This raises the...

The recent rupture to the 168km pipeline from Whangarei to Auckland has certainly put the “fox in the chook house” when it comes to culpability, blame and the cost to the New Zealand economy. It has been estimated that the cost could be up to $15 million dollars, but I...

The purpose of this article is to provide you with a quick list of actions to use in the case of an incident or accident occurring in your workplace.   What accidents to you have to notify WorkSafe NZ about? These are accidents that are described as notifiable incidents - as described in...

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...