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Health and Safety Auditing Checklist Apps, making auditing easier???

The safety geek in me got a little over excited this week because one of my clients showed me IAuditor www.app.safetyculture.io. A quick review of the site showed that you could download a banquet of interactive audit forms without even buying the app! At face value this seems like a
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Z Energy Nails it! – Meaningful Contractor Management from an HSE Perspective

Hi All Recently I heard Francois Barton: Executive Director at Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum speak on the future of safety. He shared an inspired piece of work on contractor management that has been developed by Z Energy and MinterEllisonRuddWatts. Watch the 4-minute
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Explosions Rock Flood-Crippled Chemical Plant Near Houston: Reminder to get your head around new Hazardous Substances Regulations

This popped up on my news feed recently: Explosions Rock Flood-Crippled Chemical Plant Near Houston. It is a timely reminder that we all need to understand the new Hazardous Substances Regulations that go live in December 2017. What Happened? Arkema Inc.  had organic peroxides stored
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First Prosecution under HSAW 2015 – Entrapment: Company fined $138,500 after worker’s hand severed

Hi All, It’s finally happened, the first prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.  See: NZ Herald: Company fined $138,500 after worker’s hand severed and WorkSafe NZ  Take immediate action to manage known risks of entrapment. What Happened? Budget Plastics
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Getting Hot and Steamy: Dangers of Hot Work

This week think about what hot work your team does. Remember it’s not just welding, grinding and using a gas axe that can cause a spark. Also, traditional fuels that you would put in an engine are not the only way to cause an explosion – some acids, decomposing material and dust
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Growing your safety culture: Thanks HortNZ

HI All, With engagement being a key focus under HSAW 2015, actively growing your health and safety culture has become a key part of doing business. For those who want an easy to follow guide on how to ‘Do Safety’ check out Keep Safe, Keep Growing: How to be healthy and safe in horticu
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Managing Your Safety Training Providers

Hi All, Here’s something a little different. I’ve been reviewing safety training providers and just checked out Blackwoods safety training courses. I found them competitively priced and well structured. Yes, they meet NZQA standards, AND they are taught to the level that i
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Why Brian Gaynor needs to rethink his view on HSE

I had already drafted a rant in my head in response to Brian Gaynor’s article and view on HSE posted a few weeks ago Brian Gaynor: Red tape tying business in knots (FYI, he wrote a similar line of whinge back in 2002 Brian Gaynor: A fine line between cost and safety). However, Nicole
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When Working @ Heights & Confined Space Work Goes Wrong = $104k Fine

If you have anyone on your team that hangs around at heights or works on confined space sites read this Companies fined $104k after worker stuck in grain silo. Who and Where? New silos were being built on a farm near Gore Electrical company: Austin Brothers fined $35,000 Farming compa
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