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QR codes as asbestos warning labels

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 [...]

By |2019-02-13T21:21:51+00:00November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Asbestos management plans for the workplace

We’ve noticed some confusion about whether PCBUs need to identify asbestos in the workplace or whether they have until 4 April 2018 to identify it. If your workplace was built before 1 January 2000, you have until 4 April 2018 to put an asbestos management plan (AMP) in place.  We [...]

By |2019-02-13T21:21:51+00:00October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Planning on refurbishing your building?

Before you start, ask yourself these key questions: Was the building built prior to 2000? Can you confirm it does not contain asbestos? Can you verify your contractors know how to recognise, safely handle and control asbestos? If the answer to the first question is no, proceed as normal. But [...]

By |2019-02-13T21:21:51+00:00March 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Asbestos – the new frontier

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.

By |2019-02-13T21:21:52+00:00June 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Managing contractors

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.

By |2019-02-13T21:21:52+00:00March 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Who’s responsible for what?

Do you understand what the broadened duties and obligations are under the new Health & Safety at Work Act? Under the new Act, the PCBU has a duty of care to anyone the organisation causes to carry out work for it, whether they be an employee or the employee of someone contracted to do work.

By |2019-02-13T21:21:52+00:00March 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Do you feel safe?

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.

By |2019-02-13T21:21:53+00:00February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Assuring your H&S systems are working

You'll be aware by now that the legislative environment is changing with the introduction of the Health & Safety at Work Act on 4th April this year. Are you prepared? Do you know what is required to meet your obligations? As a duty holder, you must have a clear understanding of what is required.

By |2019-02-13T21:21:53+00:00February 9th, 2016|0 Comments