• Position Paper on Cannabis
    Good discussion on Whakatāne District Council drug testing or impairment testing
    Try Nationals election manifesto. Free to download.
  • Measurement of H&S performance
    Reading the above gives me the view that H&S is treated as a silo division of all other business function. Has anyone thought how reporting can be part of other business functions like booking to time codes. Say time is booked to a project against codes that divide time to productive, unproductive, safety incident, injured e.t.c. then your management system can pull the data out to a dashboard. Just an idea.
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    What is the clause that has led everyone down the path of random testing?
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    That's encouraging. Why don't we hear about appropriate impairment tests more. Is any organisation doing work in this space?
  • Amanda Douglas on cannabis legalisation and drug testing
    Why are we so concerned with usage testing over impairment testing?
  • Covid: S5 Hazard Identification
    My hypothetical approach is: Make your own considered judgement. We have been in Isolation for 28 Day's and haven't contracted the virus. therefore we are safe for a return to work with our workmates. maintain physical distancing where possible. Strict physical distancing around interactions with others not in our work bubble. Trust the workers to avoid possible exposure outside of work.
  • Craig Marriott on developing an effective H&S strategy
    How do you measure and display the value of H&S strategy?
  • Return to work risk assessment
    I have a hypothetical question. If someone contracts a virus at work is it in breach of the HSAW act?
  • Drug testing: time to abandon it being limited to safety-sensitive areas only?
    If we include alcohol in harmful substance using behaviours then over 75% of the population could be idetified as deviance prone.
  • Drug testing: time to abandon it being limited to safety-sensitive areas only?
    An interesting perspective from europe
    ilo-ethical-issues-in-workplace-drug-testing-in-europe (39K)
  • Drug testing: time to abandon it being limited to safety-sensitive areas only?
    Is there any evidence that drug testing has reduced workplace deaths and injuries? A look at ACC stats would indicate no! Over 10 years of drug testing safety sensitive workers and people are still dying and being injured at alarming rates.
  • Near miss reporting
    Reporting near miss is a demand from management. We use unsafe acts and unsafe conditions along with near miss. using this approach empowers workers to report 'that was close' I nearly got hurt because of an unsafe condition. Managers then respoond by improving conditions not investigating workers. Demands from management will never work. Empower workers to get results.
  • What do you measure and how do you measure it
    Many Management positions include a vehicle. Show true leadership and commitment on carbon reduction and drive an EV instead of a Ford Ranger.
  • ICAM Investigation Course
    Proper task preparation not done because of a low perception of the risks by managers and supervisors preparing the task activity.
  • ICAM Investigation Course
    No experience with ICAM but we use six sigma tools like 5 why's and fish bone analysis. all investigations using this approach get beyond operator error and dig deep to the route cause. This usually leads to 'proper task preperation was not done'.
  • Risk Assessment Matrix
    We use scoring and traffic light colours.
    Green < 20 Very low Limited risk: acceptable
    Yellow 20 - 70 Possible Monitoring: pay attention
    Orange 70 - 200 Significant Measures required
    Brown 200 - 400 High Immediate improvement
    Red > 400 Very high Stop Activity

    Assess risks without controls - reassess with controls, score must be less than 70
    A good source is ISO 12100-2010 Safety of machinery - General principles for design - Risk assessment and risk reduction.
  • Fatigue Managment
    Yes, Standard site contracts. believe me that project managers choose to ignore these rules when it suits.
  • Fatigue Managment
    Here's one from a typical green field factory contruction site:

    Work Hours
    In accordance with the Fatigue management policy the hours of work should follow:
    • 12 hour day’s
    • No more than 70 hours per week
    • No more than 17 days continuous in any 21 days
    • [Provide safe transport to and from accommodation]

    Extended work hours management:
    • No more than 15 hours in any 24 hours
    • Only 1 day longer than 14 hours in any 7 day period
    • 10 hours’ time away from site after working 14 hours or longer
    • Provide safe transport to accommodation for those working 14 hours or longer

    Don't forget to cover travel to & from 'work'. there's a lot of evidence on vehicle accidents caused by fatigue due to work.