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Asbestos – the new frontier

Asbestos warning notice on the wall of a crumbling wooden house

New Zealand embraced the use of asbestos for decades. It was included in so many products that it can be found on the roof, in the ceiling, on the walls and floors, and around pipes – in fact, pretty well everywhere in residential and commercial buildings alike.

Do you feel safe?

Feel safe - engineer working on a large piece of machinery

Are you confident that your organisation’s H&S systems will keep your people safe and protect you from strict liability when the new Health & Safety at Work Act comes into force? The new Act broadens your duty of care to encompass anyone who may be harmed by work that you cause to be carried out.

Is your H&S system sitting in a cupboard?

Vast archive of numbered filing boxes on endless shelves

Downloading or otherwise acquiring a health and safety policy is no assurance that you have an “effective” health and safety system. To embed effective systems and procedures into your organisation, it’s critical to take into account the people you are working with. For example, literacy issues, custom and practice, and how people define risk.

The Health and Safety Reforms: Ticking more boxes, or an opportunity to create value?

Adding value - a collection of ladders against a wall, only one of which is tall enough to reach the light

The health and safety reforms are a hot topic of debate. There are concerns that this is another shift toward a “nanny state”. At the very least, it could become an onerous compliance burden for both large and small organisations – the latter which are well-represented in the high-risk construction, adventure tourism or forestry sectors.