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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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WorkSafe NZ – is there a duty to notify them?

Along with the definitions of various notifiable events and the like you then need to know what duty each one has assigned to it in relation to WorkSafe NZ. The duty to notify WorkSafe NZ of notifiable events As soon as a PCBU becomes aware that a notifiable event arising out of the conduct of the …

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WorkSafe NZ – when do you need to call them?

WorkSafe NZ No one ever wants to have a work place accident and to deal with the aftermath such an accident may cause. Losing a valued worker, calling a workers loved one, the effect on other workers, the trauma to your business and then having to deal with officials.  We hope that never happens to …

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WorkSafe NZ – If it doesn’t look right, call it

WorkSafe NZ – If it doesn’t look right, call it

If something doesn’t look right, call it | Worksafe WorkSafe NZ have a number of tools and resources on their Website (www.business.govt.nz/worksafe) including informative videos for you to watch. These are designed to help you understand some of the new principles that have been implemented and allow you to think of things to help your …

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PCBU and the Duty to Co-ordinate

As was discussed last time the PCBU has a number of duties when operating under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.  Including, but not limited to, the duty to Consult, the duty to Co-operate and the duty to Co-ordinate. Consult, Co-operate and Co-ordinate It is important that PCBUs consult, co-operate and co-ordinate all …

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PCBU and the Duty to Co-operate

As was discussed last time the PCBU has a number of duties when operating under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.  Including, but not limited to, the duty to Consult, the duty to Co-operate and the duty to Co-ordinate. Consult, Co-operate, Co-ordinate As with all matters regarding the new Health and Safety at …

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PCBU and the Duty to Consult

A PCBU has a number of duties, including but not limited to the duty to consult, the duty to co-operate and the duty to co-ordinate.  We break those duties down and discuss them briefly over the next three articles. All PCBU’s are required to ensure, no matter the size or industry type, so far as …

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WorkSafe NZ – Keeping everyone safe and healthy

WorkSafe NZ – Keeping everyone safe and healthy

Keeping everyone healthy and safe | Worksafe WorkSafe NZ have a number of tools and resources on their Website (www.business.govt.nz/worksafe) including informative videos for you to watch. These are designed to help you understand some of the new principles that have been implemented and allow you to think of things to help your workplace be …

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Enforcement – Health and Safety at Work

We previously looked at the offences and penalties that are now included in the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, now time for enforcement.  It is important to focus on undertaking health and safety in a proactive and positive manner so that the concern of breaches is lessened. Enforcement Methods A WorkSafe inspector …

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Offences and Penalties – Health and Safety

In addition to new obligations and duties there are also repercussions if there are breaches of the new obligations in the form of offences and penalties. Offences and Penalties The penalties under the new Act have increased significantly. There is now a three tier system for penalties following an established breach: offences of reckless conduct, …

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Volunteers and Health and Safety

New Zealand has long operated on the approach that community is vitally important to not only support by to be a part of.  As such there are many organisations that have either volunteers assist them or are in fact totally reliant on volunteers in order to operate.  Whilst we do not want to see this …

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Employee Participation

In order for Health and Safety to be effective within any business operation it is important that there is employee participation.  Employers have a general duty to involve employees in health and safety matters, and provide “reasonable opportunities” for employees to participate in processes for improving health and safety in the workplace. “Reasonable opportunities” take …

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