GOSH Knowledge Base

What’s the Best Approach to Battling Workplace Bullying?

Workplace bullying is defined as repeated and unacceptable behaviour directed towards a worker/group of workers. Different forms of bullying include, but are not limited to, verbal or physical abuse, humiliation, threats of violence and sabotaging or ignoring others. Wellbeing is contingent upon eliminating bullying from the workplace. It is crucial that employers understand the serious […]

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Reliable Health and Safety Governance

What is Governance? The governance of an organisation involves a set of values, processes and practices implemented by the PCBU (the organisation) and Officers (directors and boards). These values, processes and practices must ensure the organisation are complying with all laws and regulations and carrying out their due diligence by doing what is reasonably practicable […]

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Notifying WorkSafe NZ

What is a notifiable event? A notifiable event is any of the following events that arise from work: a death a notifiable illness or injury or a notifiable incident. Previously, the Employment Act stated “serious harm” as the key term when it came to deciding whether an event had to be reported to a regulator […]

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Changes to the NZ Privacy Act and What This Means for Organisations

Changes to the Privacy Act 1993 Amendments to the Privacy Bill have recently been proposed and are most likely coming into effect by the end of 2019. The reform aims to tighten privacy protection and promote early intervention and risk management. Furthermore, the Privacy Commissioner will hold more authority over decision making and investigations following […]

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WorkSafe NZ’s New Guide for Engaging with Contractors

WorkSafe NZ has recently introduced a new guideline for Persons Conducting a Business of Undertaking (PCBUs) engaging with contractors. The new document titled PCBUs Working Together, offers a more condensed guide for PCBUs who have overlapping duties under the HSWA 2015. It clearly outlines what is expected of PCBUs in regards to health and safety management […]

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Health & Safety Responsibilities of the Corporate World

Compared to a construction site, offices are usually deemed a lot safer for workers. However, office environments still have their fair share of workplace incidents and accidents. Physical and psychological harm caused by falls or slips, stress, poor workstation set-ups or toxic environments are the most common risks that can occur in the corporate world. […]

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WorkSafe’s New Way to Access Health and Safety Data

WorkSafe NZ have completely redesigned the way you can access health and safety data. They have created a ‘Data Centre’ which is a lot easier to navigate, especially for the less tech-savvy users. You can also tailor content to suit your needs, making it more convenient to view relevant information you’re after. Data is updated […]

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Suicide Prevention

New Zealand’s suicide rate has reached an all time high, with 685 deaths as of June 2019. Furthermore, the WHO recently released a report stating ‘despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide’ (more). Suicide remains a taboo subject in most workplaces, despite the legal recognition of mental health as a component of […]

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The Biggest Benefit of Reporting Stress and Discomfort

A 2017 survey conducted by Southern Cross Health Society and BusinessNZ found that 22.9% of businesses noted an increase in stress (more). High workload is cited as the main trigger of work related stress and discomfort. However, job insecurity, lack of training, poor health and safety policies and workplace bullying are also common causes (more). […]

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Experiencing Lower Back Pain?

Approximately 80% of adults will experience an episode of lower back pain at some stage during their life (more). Back pain can affect men and women equally. Moreover, office workers are at high risk of developing back pain. Many reasons can contribute to it, but the most common causes are poor posture, stress or being […]

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