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Workplace bullying is a subject that is a real employment issue that is becoming recognised and spoken about. It has been estimated that 400,000 New Zealanders are being bullied every working day. Has it become more prevalent in the workplace or is it that it is something that is not to...

Your H&S responsibility? A question I have been often asked over the past few years is about the responsibilities of the business owner (or in today's terms, the PCBU) under the Health and Safety legislation, when they provide a Christmas party for their staff and provide alcohol. While providing an answer as...

2018 is only a month away but do you remember December 1999? It was a time when businesses throughout the world were in a mad panic, because of the fear of the Y2K computer bug and the soothsayer's prediction that the world would end. As we now know, it didn't...

From the mouths of babes - a story about thinking laterally While driving, John and his 10-year-old young son Philip came upon a traffic jam. Up ahead they could see a large semi-trailer with a high load wedged under a railway overpass. There were police and fire trucks everywhere, a big...

In April 2015, New Zealand businesses witnessed a major overhaul of health and safety legislation with the introduction of the Australian based model of the Health and Safety at Work Act. (HSWA). On the 1st of November this year the new Hazardous Substance Regulations will come into force and from our...

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...

If it ain't broke, don't touch it or fix it! If you manage the mechanical production or service processes of your business on this outdated cliché, then I suggest that you rethink this approach to the maintenance of your plant, buildings and equipment.  This not only has the potential cost of...

Mitigating risk to your business 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...

Managing known risks I recently read an article from WorkSafe NZ regarding managing risk (read article here) and the consequential financial impact on the company involved must be really hurting them. Could this be your business and could you wear the cost? Instead, take immediate action to manage known risks. The points to be...