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Six steps to Health and Safety at Work Compliance.

1.         Review documentation. Read and review all documentation provided by the workplace specialist consultant to identify any areas that may require changing or further development in consultation with the ESNZ advice team. Read the review letter which contains the date and time of your follow up teleconference and the answers to any specific questions you …

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Four steps every employer should take when managing health and safety in their workplace.

Correct management of health and safety in your workplace constitutes good business practice. Aside from ensuring your workers are well looked after and are functioning in a safe environment, other benefits can be included such as a reduction in insurance premiums and employee absenteeism, less costs associated with replacing injured employees and can result in higher …

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Safety Data Sheets

Managing your hazardous substances – Safety data sheets

Safety data sheets provide important information about your hazardous substances. It is mandatory to have a current safety data sheet for each of the hazardous substances in your workplace regardless of the quantity you hold. What is a safety data sheet? A safety data sheet (SDS) provides comprehensive information about the properties of a hazardous …

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Managing your hazardous substances – Information, instruction, supervision and training

Workers need to understand the risks posed by hazardous substances and how to keep safe around them. General instruction, supervision and training requirements are provided in the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations. The Hazardous Substances Regulations go further to state what a business needs to do to ensure that …

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Risks

How to manage work risks

Different businesses will have different health and safety risks. It all depends on the type of work you do. Healthy and safe work starts with identifying and understanding what your work-related health and safety risks are. It then involves doing what is reasonable and practicable to eliminate those risks. Where the risk cannot be eliminated, …

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Managing your hazardous substances – Emergency plans

Even the most safety conscious organisation can have an emergency involving hazardous substances. As well as observing the rules around managing your hazardous substances, you, your workers, and emergency service workers need to know what to do – and who is responsible for what – in an emergency. What is a hazardous substances emergency? Here …

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10 health and safety hazards on the job site

The safety of every worker on a job site should be a key concern for a supervisor.  Worker safety is as important as getting the job done correctly, on time and on budget. But with so many risk factors at any site it’s not just supervisors who need to be aware of them – technicians …

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10 Tips for Successfully Managing Remote Workers

Stay-at-home orders prompted by COVID-19 are creating a challenge for managers including those in HR.  Whilst many are embracing the change almost 70 percent of employers are finding it difficult to adapt to this new way of doing business. If this is the first time that managers are in charge of managing remote employees, it …

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PPE

Personal protective equipment – a guide for workers

Personal protective equipment (PPE) helps keep you safe on the job. It should be the last line of defence after the business has taken all other reasonable actions to eliminate or minimise risks to your health and safety. The business is required to provide you with PPE They must provide you with PPE that: Is …

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Personal protective equipment – a guide for businesses

Personal protective equipment (PPE) provides protection for workers when all other control measures can’t adequately eliminate or minimise risks to a worker’s health and safety. Who can provide PPE PPE can be provided by: you – a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) another PCBU (costs could be shared) the worker (if they genuinely and voluntarily choose …

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The 10 commandments of workplace safety

Humans are always finding “tips and tricks” in almost all that we do to make our processes easier and faster.  We then turn these into workplace habits in our everyday routines. Whilst some can be beneficial we need them to also keep us safe.  Developing everyday safety habits can keep you injury free through the …

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Enforcement

Top 10 most frequently prosecuted workplace hazards

The Top 10 most frequently prosecuted workplace hazards are as follows: 1.        Fall protection 2.        Hazard communication standard 3.        Scaffolding, general requirements 4.        Respiratory protection 5.        Powered industrial trucks 6.        Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) 7.        Ladders 8.        Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment 9.        Machinery and Machine Guarding 10.     Electrical systems design, general requirements …

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