• Near miss reporting
    Nice one Matt, however when I read the question I was left sitting here thinking jeez, how long has the health and safety game been afoot in NZ, and how long have we - and by "we" I mean NZ business/industry/PCBUs/whatever - known about the requirement to identify hazards & near misses etc. and yet here we are after so many years down the track providing the same answers to the same questions. Even Andrew gave the same answers! Sigh...:sad:
  • How do you identify who is who on your site?

    I'm going to buck the trend here and say there's no problem doing that, as long as you explain the requirement properly to the contractor/visitor. Had exactly that scenario in a previous life - employees wore fluoro yellow hi-viz and visitors / contractors wore orange. Was successful because the employees then new that anyone in orange was not a "regular" and was also a potential hazard (even when an escorted visitor). And in the case of contractors, depending on the job they were doing, by differentiating the colour of Hi-viz, employees could make an instant assessment of whether or not the contractor was compliant with our other PPE requirements (hardhat, glasses etc.)
    Yes in an ideal world PPE could be seen as an admission of failure or limited value, however there are circumstances where regardless of what you think, you have no choice e.g. corporate standards. Suck it and see, Michael!
  • Frivolous Friday
    "Operators are to ensure they have a clear view of the path ahead of them"
    Forklift & Bomb (57K)
  • Expiry Dates on Training
    @ Aaron & Sheri: Quite right IMO and in practice not hard to do so long as you have someone capable of administering that. Also, sometimes you don't have a choice but to do refresher training e.g. as part of a prequal (yes, I said the "P" word!) where the clients demand not only that your staff undergo refresher training but demand proof of it as well e.g. 1st aid refreshers, overhead crane refreshers etc.
  • Medical marijuana use linked with fewer workplace deaths
    Probably because that 20% of the workforce is at home stoned...
  • Safety documentation saves lives - a continuation of the safeguard debate
    Best intro to a comment EVER! "In my work with Rocket Lab..." - you win :lol:
  • Seeking feedback on safety differently guideline for SME's
    Hi Tania, Congrats on The Grad Dip! I'm keen to have a look, ,cheers!
  • s44 Prosecutions
    Me too Chris, can you put up a link to that info please?
  • Expiry Dates on Training
    believe me you are not the first one to think that Graham, and I doubt you'll be the last. Sometimes even as a so-called H&S "professional" I have a hard time reconciling how much training costs in some cases. Like anything though, I guess, there is a genuine need for external training providers and some of them do provide good value for money, yet on the other hand it seems to me that H&S training is purely a license for some people to print money.
    As an example though, for some of our competencies e.g. WAH, HARM & Confined Spaces, we are required by some clients to refresh our staff and if they are not current then they will not be allowed on site. On the other hand, some of our gantry crane operators have been trained to the US & certified but we don't refresh them because they don't move out of the workshop.
  • The good, the bad, the ugly. Your opinon on H&S management system software.
    Hi Jo,

    In a previous life the business I was working for used "Intelex". It can be a big a beast as you want or scaled right back to as small or the lesser amount of input that you want. Once I got the hang of it I loved it.
  • Slushy machines: wasteful expenditure or justifiable intervention?
    First world problems IMO. The soldiers I served with in Bosnia in 1995/96 didn't have any gatorade or electrolytes when they were foot patrolling in 15+kg of body armour, not including weapon, ammo & kevlar helmet, in 20+ degree heat. They seemed to do okay with only water.
  • Paracetamol in First Aid Kits
    Apologies in advance for the rather abrupt reply but are we not all adults here? Do we not all put our big boy & big girl pants on in the morning before we go to work? Jeez. If you have panadol in your medkits, or on the H&S Reps shelf, or in the secretary's draw or wherever-the-hell it is, thus freely available to workers, this does not count as 1st-aiders (or anyone else) "prescribing" medication.
    If businesses want to have panadol available for workers (so long as it's correctly monitored or whatever, blah blah, or even if it's not!) they are allowed to.
    What's the big deal about someone, in this particular instance, taking something that is readily available from any supermarket? Or something that you give your 10 year old kid when they come to you & say "Mum/Dad, I have a headache". Or when you take your baby to the doctor and he/she prescribes pamol for it - not such a big deal then I bet. Or when YOU go to the doctor and he/she hands you over a PRESCRIPTION for a pkt of 100 panadol for $3 and straight away you think "Awesome, now I don't have to pay $3.99 for 20 at Countdown".

    Please tell me the reason for not having panadol in workplace1st aid kits is not because of the worry that someone is going to take all of it and OD on it? It's not is it?
  • Slushy machines: wasteful expenditure or justifiable intervention?
    So the slushy machines dispense beverages with almost a weeks worth of sugar per drink but oh wait you have a choice of electrolyte solutions as well - which some would argue are equally unhealthy - a whopping 9 teaspoons in a 600ml bottle of, for example, Gatorade. With 15 calories in a single teaspoon of sugar, you're consuming a 600ml Gatorade means you're drinking 135 calories of sugar. In one sitting. PING!

    Also, much has been made about the heatwave during 2017/18 causing significant discomfort for many people, including prison staff (and prisoners, presumably), yet during that time there were no slushies but effective actions were apparently taken (e.g. more or longer breaks for prison officers (where they could take off there stab vests etc., cold towels, hand-held fans etc.) with no major incidents occurring, despite the conditions. So why not spend less money improving those seemingly effective and simple solutions, rather than now having over 5000 prison staff pinging about the place on massive sugar rushes & contracting "the diabetus" within a week?

    Surely a strategically placed small fridge in particular staff areas where staff can store their own cold beverages would be more economical - with the MOJ supplying electrolyte substances such as Sqwincher?

    Also the big unanswered question seems to be are the prison officers paying for the slushies or are they gratis?
  • A Little Help Please?
    Hey team, thanks so much for your assistance, you've all been extremely helpful. You can all have Saturday off! Cheers!
  • A Little Help Please?
    Hi MAry-Pat, thanks for that, already got it. Cheers.
  • A Little Help Please?
    Tony, that is EXACTLY what was after. Spot on man, thanks heaps!:up:
  • A Little Help Please?
    Excellent, thanks a lot man:up:
  • Welding Fumes
    Very interesting indeed. We're having a "spirited debate" in our workshop at the moment in regards to RPE for our welders, goes something like this:
    "I understand (and agree) that the guys who are welding continuously need to wear respirators, however If I'm only tacking for 5-15 or so minutes then I don't have to as (wait for it) it takes too long to put that stuff on"
  • Health and Safety Management Systems in Golf Clubs
    Since most golf clubs are businesses, surely the golf club is a PCBU then must have the appropriate WSMS in place?