What Does “Wellness” Look Like?

Most of the world’s 3.4 billion workers are unwell, whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, or economically, as shown in the statistics below. The Global Wellness Institute states the following: Economic Illness Many workers face, and live with, serious economic insecurity, with 74% making less than $13/day; 45% being employed in low-skill/manual jobs; and 77% […]

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Working Safely with Hazardous Substances

Hazardous Substance Signs

Were you aware that on 1 December 2017, the rules around managing hazardous substances in the workplace transferred from the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO) to the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations? If not, or if you’ve been continuing to follow old regulations regardless, it’s time to catch-up – fast! […]

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Noise Control in the Workplace

Caution Noise at work sign

The health of your workers is just as important as the health of your business. As a business owner, you have a duty to prevent harm to your workers’ health. One way that workers can be harmed at work is through exposure to noise, and many businesses would do well to look beyond earmuffs and […]

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Setting a New Standard

ISO 45001 Health and Safety Standard

Health and safety tends to become a ‘political football’, and never more so than at the international level.  An article by Chris Peace about the new standard reported it had been estimated that, globally, about 2.3 million people die each year as a result of workplace incidents, with New Zealand’s record being ranked worse than […]

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Anxiety at Work

An illustration of the factors in our head that cause anxiety

According to the New Zealand Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study, anxiety and depressive disorders are second only to coronary heart disease as a cause of health loss (a measure of how much healthy life is lost due to early death, illness or disability) in New Zealand. The Office of the Director of […]

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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Woman kneeling over a man doing Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

According to the Heart Foundation, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in adults. However, the immediate performance of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the victim can double the victim’s chances of survival. In most cardiac arrest cases, the heart goes from a normal rhythm into a quivering rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. This can […]

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Lost Time Injury

We have proudly worked x days with no lost time accidents

A lost time injury (LTI) is something that results in a fatality, permanent disability, or time lost from work. It could be as little as one day or a shift off work being lost, or months of rehabilitation. It can arise from a small incident, like a paper cut, or from a notifiable event such […]

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Dealing with Armed Robbery

It is widely believed that the duration of most armed robberies is under one minute. This is a very short time frame for the offender(s) to carry out their plan, but an even shorter time for witnesses to process the situation and make a rational decision on how to react. The advice from the NZ […]

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Too Hot to Sleep?

Man sleeping with his head on a pillow inside a fridge

Finding it too hot to sleep at night lately? You are not alone. Trying to sleep on hot nights can be a nightmare, as your sleep cycle process is interrupted when your body temperature is too high. Your sleep cycle process is regulated by the sleep hormone melatonin, which regulates this process by dropping your […]

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Safeguarding Staff Health

Changes to health and safety legislation over the last couple of years have seen a fairly rapid change in mindset towards safeguarding staff safety. However, safeguarding staff health has been a lesser concern. Particular emphasis needs to be around stress, fatigue, and anxiety. In 2017, Business New Zealand, in conjunction with Southern Cross Healthcare, undertook […]

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