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Your Health and Safety Wellness Check: Part 5

Have you reviewed any incident reports?Have you discussed winter procedures with the team? Consider the darker and cooler working conditions, slippery roads, how to protect your outdoor machinery from winter weather and how to manage additional pressure due to weather related delays. Have you checked how many first aiders you currently have and do you have an adequate number of them?Have you checked fire extinguishers to ensure they are fit for use and serviced?  Does you team now how to us...

May 26, 2022

Your Health and Safety Wellness Check: Part 4

Are your displayed emergency procedures up to date with correct details and emergency equipment? Have you done a site walkaround or building inspection recently? Has your system been reviewed externally (by OSHbox) to ensure it is being used as well as it could be within your organization? We recommend you do this annually. Health Monitoring: Have you considered flu vaccinations before winter? Do you have hearing checks and lung function tests up to date (if applicable)? Have you had an eva...

May 26, 2022

Your Health and Safety Wellness Check: Part 3

Your Health and Safety Wellness Check: Part 3 ✅ Have you checked any PPE to ensure it’s in good condition and winter PPE is ordered? ✅ Have a site walk-around… Is your signage in good condition and easily read? ✅ Has your equipment been checked/serviced recently? ✅ Has your machinery got manufacturer’s instructions available? ✅ Have you added any new purchases of equipment/tools/machinery/plant to your Hazard Register? Keep up the good work!...

May 10, 2022

Health & Safety Wellness Check: Part 2

Part two of the 25 questions to work through to ensure your health and safety is up to date and not floundering. ✅ Have your contractors filled in application forms and been approved within last two years? ✅Are your employee contact details up to date? ✅Has your electrical equipment been test and tagged and is current? ✅Have you checked your first aid kits to ensure they are fully stocked and products not expired? ✅Is your manual (and supporting documents) up to date? Check the footer ...

May 5, 2022

Health and Safety Wellness Check: Part 1

2022 is flying by and we’re hearing from a lot of people, understandably, say they are getting behind. As you know, we're massive fans of checklists, so we have compiled a list of 25 questions to work through to ensure your health and safety is up to date. So that you don't have a seizure, we've broken up the list into five parts and will send these out over the next five weeks.  Get tickin'....

April 28, 2022

Podcast: Listen to Angie speak as a guest on NZ Charity Podcast

Angie, our OSHbox Director, was invited to speak with Tom Nabbs, founder of The Waterboy on the NZ Charity Podcast.  Check it out NZ Charity Podcast...

March 21, 2022

Isolation: Working Remotely

With your team working from various locations, managing regular toolbox meetings, projects and documents has created some breakdowns in processes and communication.  If you haven't already, its time to embrace technology! We've popped in some handy tools we have used to keep OSHbox running smoothly. Shared To-do Lists OnlineAs you know, it can take many hands to complete a task for a customer or client. We use an online tool called Trello to manage our workload, but there ar...

March 15, 2022

Phase 3 of the Red Level

We move to Phase 3 of the RED level at midnight tonight…so we've summarized all the good bits so you know who needs to isolate and what financial support you may be able to get if workers are off work. IsolationFrom midnight tonight, close contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate - only those confirmed cases of COVID-19 their household contacts are required to isolate. Below is a handy diagram for you to share with your team. TestingRapid Antigen tests will now b...

February 24, 2022

Close Contacts – Bubble of One and Exemption Scheme

With a greater number of COVID-19 cases in the community, we have had an increased number of queries around close contacts returning to work during their required self-isolation time. If you are considering a close contact Worker returning to work, please ensure you assess if they do actually need to be onsite (could they work remotely) and ensure you meet Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requirements to maintain a safe operating environment while you have them onsite. At Phase Twoanyone ...

February 22, 2022

What happens under 'Phase 2'.

From midnight tonight, NZ will be moving to Phase 2 of the Red Level. To quote Jacinda, "What this looks like": In Phase 2 rapid antigen testing (RATs) may be used more widely, there will be shorter isolation times, and digital communication with close contacts or contacts comes into play. Isolation period for cases is reduced to 10 days and contacts to seven days. Anyone who tests positive for the virus under Phase 2 will be notified by text message and be directed to an online self-investigati...

February 15, 2022

We're checking mad round here.

We're crazy for inspection checklists and have been ticking along (see what we did there?) drafting inspection checklists while we updated our 2022 system. If you have been meaning to create your own pre-start,  maintenance or inspection checklists for your vehicles, machinery, buildings or sites, we may have just what you need in our library of templates.   Buy an editable template that you can tailor to suit your needs or talk to us about customising or creating checklists spec...

February 2, 2022

All for one, and all for ...er, RED.

All of NZ is back in the Red. This morning we all entered our workplaces under the Red setting in the Traffic Light system. The risk of undetected community transmission is high so just a quick reminderto reassess your COVID-19 safety plans (officially named COVID-19 Protection Framework) to ensure that you and your team are familiar with how to operate under the Red Traffic Light setting. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Other helpful links:Businesses and workpla...

January 26, 2022

Covid has shown us how committed NZ'ers are to H&S

What a whirlwind the last few months have been! As I sit here reviewing the Covid-19 article I had originally written for this blog (which wasn’t published due to other priorities during lockdown), I’m blown away by how much has changed. My original article had been written in March at a time when we were only just beginning to consider introducing protocols such as avoiding shaking hands and increasing cleaning measures in our office. I certainly couldn’t have predicted how quickly thing...

August 4, 2020

Covid-19

*Updated March 20, 2020The number of Coronavirus related enquiries from organisations around NZ has continued to grow - so we thought it best to give you some direction. If you are wondering what you should be putting into place at your workplace…this should help... Here is a summary of the most common tips for Employers to start implementing now: Actively encourage Employees to stay home at the first signs of illness and not to return until they are free of symptoms for at least 24hrs En...

March 20, 2020

What is 'Health Monitoring' and what do we need to know

Health & Safety at Work Act legislation and what businesses should be thinking about for the health of their workers. Why is this important? From June 2018 to June 2019, there has been 87 work related deaths in NZ as well as over 700 work related injuries. Below are some points to keep front of mind when considering the health of your workers. The PCBU (employer) is required to undertake a primary duty of care, so they need to concentrate firstly on health risks that come from the workplace and ...

November 11, 2019

Emergency Plans

Hi Everyone, Following the tragic events of Friday afternoon, as a team we have been thinking of our Christchurch clients, friends, family and all those who have been affected.We whole heartedly agree that this kind of act and those who commit it, have no place in our country, or any other. Unfortunately it is also after such events, that from a Health and Safety viewpoint, we all must review our emergency plans. In this case, for a situation many of us never imagined having to face.&n...

March 18, 2019

The myth behind Test and Tag

We posed this question to Richard Rousseau from Fire & Safety Testing NZ, here is what he had to say: "It makes absolutely no sense that testing an RCD would automatically ensure that any appliance plugged into, or powered from said RCD would be safe to use.  The only way that any appliance could be cleared for safe use is by performing a physical visual test, and then running a sequence of electrical tests to check for insulation resistance, earth resistance, and conductor continuity, am...

September 17, 2018

It’s time to be honest

Today’s blog comes to you straight from my bed...not because I’m bedridden with some infectious disease, but because I’m in the middle of an massive anxiety attack (don’t worry, this isn’t a sob story), and I thought it’s time to be honest. This morning I woke with a feeling of dread and panic, not for any particular reason, but just about the general concept of having to face the day. This is not something new to me, or to many others who suffer from the shit-storm that is anxiety. ...

August 20, 2018

Why we all hate Health and Safety meetings

Another bloody meeting?! When are we supposed to fit those in? We don’t have time for that! No one wants them. No one says anything. It’s a waste of time, we’ve got nothing to talk about! We hear this E.V.E.R.Y.D.A.Y. So, this month’s toolbox talk is on…Toolbox Talks. No, safety meetings shouldn’t drive you to drink early in the day, nor should you find staff coming down with mysterious illnesses on the day you have booked one. Safety meetings should be your chance to get your w...

August 10, 2018

Health and Safety in 5 easy steps!

Safety can be simple and affordable, your Health and Safety Management System doesn’t need to be time consuming and complicated. The most important thing is that it works for you and that it assists in keeping you, your customers and everyone you work with and around safe. So where do you start? We suggest reviewing your current system by starting to look at what we call the ‘High Five’ – five areas you can start working on now, to make sure you are on the right track. 1. Policies and P...

July 17, 2018

Toolbox Topic: A quick guide to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Employers need to provide any PPE required as a minimisation control measure for a Hazard/Risk (unless another PCBU has already provided). If a Worker genuinely and voluntarily chooses to provide their own for comfort or convenience that would be acceptable as long as you are satisfied the PPE is of the standard set below. Where this is the case, the Worker may give you reasonable notice if they choose to be provided with the PPE instead. PPE must be suitable for the nature of the work and hazar...

July 10, 2018

Toolbox Topic: Who’s responsible for Health & Safety?

Everyone plays a part in keeping the workplace safe. If you come across something that doesn’t look right its up to YOU to do something about it. So let’s break things down… who’s responsible for what? Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) We as the PCBU have the primary duty of care and are responsible for the Health and Safety of anyone working for us (including Officers, Contractors, Volunteer Workers and Workers) as well as those within the vicinity of the work we a...

May 7, 2018

Toolbox Topic: Controlling Hazards

This article was posted and I thought there were some really strong messages here to be shared with you and your teams. I suggest reading it and thinking about how it could apply to your work…perhaps it could make for a good toolbox topic too. ...

March 5, 2018

Excavation Safety and Notifiable Works

It’s come to our attention lately that not many people are aware of the Excavation Safety Good Practice Guidelines that were put out by WorkSafe (replaces the Code of Practice) or the rules around Notifiable Works. So here is some info…please read as you may think it doesn’t apply to you, but you might be surprised! Excavation Safety Good Practice Guidelines – for working an excavator, contracting excavator work or working around or in excavations… We suggest that you have a ...

February 5, 2018

How to Give a Toolbox Talk

Toolbox talks (also known as tailgate safety meetings or safety briefs) are an increasingly popular and effective way to quickly review and reinforce safety procedures and responsibilities. Here are some tips on how to give effective toolbox talks: Choose timely topics around reoccurring safety problems you encounter regularly or upcoming changes that workers need to be aware ofGive talks at regular intervals (daily, weekly, monthly) to establish and reinforce the importance of safety in your co...

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