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QR codes as asbestos warning labels

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Do you get alarmed when you see an asbestos warning sign?  It can be confronting to think there are asbestos-containing materials under your feet, for example. In general, if asbestos is in good condition and isn’t disturbed, it is not a risk.  But it’s a different story if someone starts breaking into it!  That’s why […]

Managing contractors

Contractor shaking hands with building site manager

New Zealand has a time-honoured tradition of contracting out “non-core” business. But under the Health and Safety at Work Act, you can’t transfer your duty of care to another person: You are still obliged to ensure your contractors, their sub-contractors and their respective staff are competent to safely carry out work on your behalf.

Worker engagement

Worker engagement - staff actively participating in a meeting

The underlying intent of the Health and Safety at Work Act is for everyone to have an opportunity to be notified, and to notify each other, of risks to their health and safety, in order for everyone to be safe and well at the end of the working day.