Overthinking it?

Overthink; /əʊvəˈθɪŋk/ Verb; to spend more time thinking about something than is necessary or productive. (Collins English Dictionary). It’s an ugly word that can mean a lot of different things. In…

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Hits and Misses At Work

Under the new health and safety regime, the organisation (or PCBU) needs to have a system for recording and reporting hazards and risks, along with notifiable events. At times the…

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The ‘Just Culture’ Concept

If somebody makes a mistake in your organisation, are they better off reporting it or covering it up? According to E Tu NZ, a “Just Culture”  is one where it is…

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Hazardous Substance Signs
Working Safely with Hazardous Substances

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…

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Lost Time Injury

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…

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The ‘Swiss Cheese’ model

In 1990 James Reason introduced the world to the Swiss Cheese model of accident causation.  This now forms the basis of most risk modelling. In Reason’s representative framework each layer…

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What Really Happened?

What caused the accident? A common problem with accident investigations is that they stop as soon as the immediate cause (eg an unsafe action) is identified. This produces endless calls for improved…

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