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  • Seatbelts in Self-Propelled Mobile Mechanical Plant

    It would be an interesting argument saying you decided not to use something the maker of the plant/equipment deemed necessary.Robb

    And if you are having to say "we didn't think we needed to because [enter reason] " then there is a good chance that something untoward has happened...
  • Docu-Dramas
    Highly recommend Chernobyl and Deepwater Horizon.

    Some of the ones I've found since the OP:

    Feel free to update with any others you've seen or want to see :)
  • Incident Management, Risk Management and Engineering Priorities
    Most software options are a variation on excel anyway so just adding my vote to the combine option.

    If that doesn't work for the reporting side then instead of using more spreadsheets open new tabs.
    Take a look at the (very) basic one I've done. Everything in the description column automatically gets copied into the risk register (cause it's waaaaay easier to manipulate and delete than add stuff) and then the CAs are red if not done green if done :)
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  • Using Social Media Platforms for Engagement
    WooHoo, that's exactly the usage we want and awesome that it's working for you guys. At this point it's probably a little too relaxed security and time intensive administratively for our crew and company but as we mature with this having individual department groups could be an idea - thanks :)

    Yes on fun and multi-platforms!

    Just for anyone who's interested;
    We looked at WhatsApp as it's a more secure platform but the apps constant need for data and storage made it impractical for 99% of our users.

    We're currently trialling the Microsoft Teams function. Several of the departments started using these over lockdown so it's a logical next step plus it works well on desktops and mobiles without too much data-drag.

    I suspect it may be an additional 'information dissemination' tool rather than the interactive discussion, but then it might be the digital-baby-steps we need before we go full fb.

    Will let you know how we get on.

    :)
  • Dr Carl Horsley on Safety-II in healthcare
    How much do you think the catastrophic nature of Whaakari and potentially catastrophic nature of Covid 19 played a part in the reorientation of the service and how much of what has been done do you think will 'stick' when it's all over (or at least until the next catastrophe).

    I know that sounds cynical, but history shows that adaptive capacity is massive at time like these and then fatigue wears in (as do the economic flow on effects)... so I'm interested in how to maintain the momentum so we don't go back to relying solely on amazingly adaptive workers. :)
  • Dr Carl Horsley on Safety-II in healthcare
    Hi Carl

    Do you feel that having a system that is adaptable (geared for things to go well) and active followership has also increased the capacity of the unit to handle events that don't go as well (or which may stretch the boundaries of humanly possible - ie pandemic prep+ 'normal' critical care).
  • H&S Health Check
    Might be a silly question, but have they looked at the SafePlus free self-auditing tool?

    Simple to use, uses plain language and developed by the regulators ... :)
    https://online.safeplus.nz/
  • Hillary Bennett on responding to mental harm as we do to physical harm
    Thanks Hillary and Peter - great stuff as always :)
  • Hillary Bennett on responding to mental harm as we do to physical harm
    So I think we need to provide leaders with a sound, easy way to pulse check were their people sit on the mental health continuum. Happy to talk to you about some ideas I have on this.Hillary Bennett

    Peter - I feel a webinar coming on - pleasepleasepleaseplease :)
  • Hillary Bennett on responding to mental harm as we do to physical harm
    Are many places tracking illness (from any cause) and relating that back to any workplace influences?

    I know it's ambulance at the bottom of the cliff stuff, but it'd be interesting to see what would happen if the absentee list was analysed from the 'have we had a part in this?' angle, rather than the usual 'they've got problems /need to eat better/lack resilience' angle
  • Hillary Bennett on responding to mental harm as we do to physical harm
    Mental health is such a massive subject!

    Although it is great to see business getting on board for a week or two each year and bullying reports starting to filter through to the HS teams, it is also frustrating to see the disconnect between people who are concerned about mental health and who also work as a lifestyle choice where 'busy' and 'stressed' are not just expectations but badges of honour for supervisors and managers.

    How do we even start to have the conversations and attempt to close that inter-generational gap where Gen X and older 'live to work' as they lambast Millenials and younger who actually have the right idea that work is only a part of the life equation?

    As an example; ten years ago the 60 hour-week was a BIG week. now it's an unwritten expectation for anyone who looks toward furthering their career.

    How do we market the idea that having the personnel capacity to allow for that balance in life is just as important as having the correct guards on our machines?
  • Working through COVID 19


    Hi Mark

    As well as implementing all the controls for on site, (spitting/sneezing/coughing openly in the carpark is classed as on site and the person would undergo some sort of disciplinary as appropriate) we've also made the requirement for workers to follow lockdown rules off site very clear (through posters, inductions, one-point-lessons, mini-toolboxes,videos etc, plus the messaging from the Govt and the possible $1,000 fine).

    Workers are required to fill in a declaration form before coming on site each day to confirm that they;
    • do not have a cough, cold or covid-19 symptoms
    • have only gone home (or essential services) when not at work.
    • have not [physically] interacted with anyone outside their bubble. If the answer to this is that they have, then the worker has to declare who and whether distancing was practiced.

    The above listed is paraphrased and yes, for the most part it works as an informant, deterrant, and when we get our first case, will also be useful for contact tracing. It is also the best we can do without encroaching anyones privacy any more than neccessary under current circumstances.

    New workers coming into the site have to undergo a standard medical and a covid-specific health check and of course the accompanying declarartion form. Plus the off site requirements are as part of the induction and training.

    Depending on the job they've come from, new workers may be asked to isolate for 14 days. A worker coming in from the healthcare sector would be an example where this was required.

    Hope that helps :)
  • Hand held infra red thermometer use


    Hi Matt - Happy Easter

    It comes under the evidencial requirements for the attached (from the MPI website) and is directed by people far more experienced with MPI and the Govt requirements than me (and I suspect possibly you as well). Much like WorkSafe's website, it's all vague advice - until you've worked with them enough to understand the expectations that lie in the silence between words.

    That said, my initial response was to Campbell's question of 'who and how' re Thermal Testing. I know there are other businesses who are considering, or are in the process of implementing, thermal testing. Some of them may be represented on this forum and they may want to add their 'who and how' knowledge or questions here without fear of the many opinions around the 'why'.

    If there are any further pro-cons of thermal testing to be discussed should it probably be done in a new thread? :)
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  • Advice for One of 'Those' Processes (you never thought you'd need to ask about)


    (sigh) The risk we're dealing with is not the health one, it's the economic and then the flow on health and safety risks.

    Let me break it down for you... The site I work at currently has 1,500 people breaking their bubbles every day to provide NZ, Aus and Japan mainstream food items.

    50+% of our workforce of 1,500 being unable to work at staggered stages for two weeks at a time over the next gosh-knows how many months during the busiest part of the year.
    + demand from NZ, Aus and Japan for the products we provide.
    = supermarket shelves in NZ, Aus and Japan empty of the multiple ranges of long-lasting, great-in-a-state-of-emergency foodsuffs we provide.

    (We've already broken the 25% absenteeism mark through fear and/or precautionary measures)

    As I've said before, this isn't about the 'health risk' as such. It's about protecting the food supply chain (while maintaining some 'semblence of sanity). :)


    Thank you - I suspect you're right in that nothing much changes from the controls we already have in place, but hadn't thought of the sanitiser in the warden kit - awesome :)


    Yusss - 4 days of isolated bliss where you don't have to feel guilty for wanting to ignore the world, curl up in a ball and go to sleep :)
  • Hand held infra red thermometer use


    Hi Matt - going to reply by quoting Robyn (above).

    We were required to do all of this by government and industry guidelines in order to have in place a registered Covid-19 Food Safety Plan. Has my work load increased hell yes. Has these changes been driven by HS no. By HR and Food Safety Industry, yes.

    Re the landing card - controls are in place for checking and accepting these and they provide a level of traceability that we wouldn't otherwise have. Again, directives from on high.

    When it's feeding the hoardes vs not feeding them, she's a pretty high authority to argue with question :)
  • Hand held infra red thermometer use

    Nope not a doctor, (there are no diagnostics), just monitoring under the guidance of an OHN (which we have) and yes on the rest. :)

    Plus it's not our idea, it's a directive from on high. No-one said it was a cheap or perfect directive. On the other hand I guess you could put it under hazard identification?
  • Hand held infra red thermometer use
    Thermal Testing is a directive from high above so we are putting it in place. It's actually quite a simple process that we're adding to our 'Landing Card' process (everyone has to fill in a card each day that asks them whether they have stayed in their bubble and abided by lockdown conditions when off site - yes it works pretty well and everyone has been great with it)

    • Get permission
    • Line up (2 m apart)
    • Hand Landing Card over
    • Authorised person wearing appropriate PPE takes landing card, checks it, takes workers temp using infrared devicey thingy.
    • If 37.7 or above the worker goes into the quarantine box for 3 mins then retested.
    • If temp is still high they quarantine for ten minutes then retest.
    • If temp is still high at that point they are sent off site with the instructions to head to their nearest Covid testing service. They have to self isolate until the results come in.
    • Everything is sanitised between worker etc etc
  • KPI's
    Just a few non-specifics to throw in the mix for starters:
    • Timely and accurate reporting and recording of incidents.
    • Any reporting requirements to teams/board etc completed IFOT
    • Any training requirements completed (theirs)
    • Organisation/coordination of training for others (first aid certs etc).
    • Emergency management SoPs, contact details and trials run,
    • Compliance with other HS related tasks (Haz Subs certifications, gantry/lifting certifications, etc)
    • Improved (or if it's already awesome, then maintained) Levels of worker participation and engagement with HS

    :)