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  • LPG Handlers Certificate for forklift drivers
    So either we now have to pay for a forklift licence as well as training on handling LPG separately or forklift trainers need to up their game and add more training in about LPG?Sarah Munro

    The third option is to provide the required information and training in-house and keep records of this. The regs require:
    Information regarding; any operations in the worker’s work area where hazardous substances are present (i.e. lpg on the forklift trucks), and the location and availability of known reference material on the hazards, safe handling, and storage of the hazardous substances found in the workplace, including (without limitation) safety data sheets (i.e. a SOP and the current compliant LPG SDS).

    Training and instruction on:
    • the physico-chemical and health hazards associated with the hazardous substances the worker uses at work (e.g. who LPG could cause them harm either physically through fire, explosion or health effects)
    • the procedures for the safe use, handling, manufacture, storage, and disposal of the hazardous substances(e.g. where to store LPG bottles and how to move them around)
    • practice in the safe use of plant (including personal protective equipment) necessary to manage the hazardous substances (e.g. how to swap out the LPG bottles on the forklifts, including checking for leaks and what safety equipment is needed)
    • the worker’s obligations under these regulations
    • the actions that the worker should take in an emergency involving the hazardous substances
    • an appropriate period of practical experience of the matters described in paragraph (a), under direct supervision in the workplace (for this showing the can safely swap a bottle out, and having a LPG forklift fire as a site emergency drill should suffice)

    And keep a record of training and instruction provided for each worker; which is available for inspection by a WorkSafe inspector or Compliance Certifier.
  • LPG Handlers Certificate for forklift drivers
    that was my point on getting the trainers comments, e.g. using you guys seems like there shouldn't be any issue with that approach.
    Or even as you mentioned just have evidence of workers being trained on a internal SOP for changing out bottles.
  • LPG Handlers Certificate for forklift drivers
    issues receiving their DGC due to their forklift drivers not having LPG handlers training?Sarah Munro
    Does your compliance certifier happen to also provide LPG handlers training by chance?
    Sorry being somewhat facetious there, but my understanding is that the new regs narrowed the scope of who required a certified handlers certificate when compared with the old approved handler. And LPG didn't make the cut.
    I would be asking the forklift training to provide details of what they cover regarding handling LPG for forklifts and provide that to your Compliance Certifier as evidence of adequate training as per Part 4 of the regs.

    After all in regards to fires isn't a change out the gas bottle of an LPG truck safer than changing my BBQ bottle as at least if there is a like it is more obvious with liquid LPG shooting out? (Instead of invisible bearly noticable LPG gas).
  • 'Required to be Authorised' definition
    As with most legislation you need to read each clause in context with the whole. The actual wording from the act is
    the collapse, overturning, failure, or malfunction of, or damage to, any plant that is required to be authorised for use in accordance with regulations; or
    I've highlighted regulations as section 16 (Interpretation) defines regulations as
    regulations means regulations made under this Act
    So plant such as cranes that are covered under HSE PECPR Reg or critical plant in under the HSWA MHF Regs would be included and require notification, but a trailer that needs a licence/WoF under the Land Transport Act regulations wouldn't.
  • Privacy
    I only provide details when a job is starting and only to the site that requires the information, Our workers also carry the green book with quals inside and that tends to get us through. At the initial stages, I only provide that we hold the quals required for the job I even withhold names for D&A tests and just provide a declaration of the tests being done. I am not hiding anything just only providing the information required only to the parties that need it and not all an sundryDon Ramsay

    Why can't you quote for some of the jobs I'm ever involved in - too many safety plans which just dump out all training records for the whole company, and then when you question why XYZ isn't trained or it has expired the usual answer is "oh they don't work for us anymore" or "they're not on your job"!!!!
  • Insecure load = fall from height
    Not really sure if "Is this notifiable" is the right question.
    Is it significant? Yes
    Are there learnings we could take from the event? Yes
    ...
    Get into it pre(another)incident.
    Phil Wilkes
    I get where you are going with your point, that we should be more focused on what we can learn from the event to reduce the chance of future similar events, rather than the classification of the event itself.
    But the reality is notifying or not for a lot of companies has a huge impact on future work because a lot of tenders/contracts are still awarded with H&S assessed as how many; LTI, Notifiables, etc. with no regards to the context or the outcomes/learnings from those events. Or even some companies internal procedures that punish/reward based on incidents seriousness (and so reports get downplayed as far as possible).
    Our fixation on judging based on what is easy to measure is what we needs to addressed if we want to get past significant effort being put into classification vs investigation.
  • Changes to who can conduct workplace investigations
    I would read from the contextDon Ramsay

    I would read from the context that the original post was written by a company that does external HR investigation that has PI lincences. The original decision was regarding and employment relations case rather than a H&S investigation.
    As long as we stay away from investigating an individual for penalties and focus on what we can learn from the incident (isn't that what we should be doing anyway?) there shouldn't be a need for even external H&S investigators to be PI licensed.

    Having read the articleDon Ramsay
    Great minds! Saw this after I posted my reply.
  • Insecure load = fall from height
    nearly all events on site would be notifiable.Robb

    Or none of them are (unless it was so close that it actual did seriously hurt someone... but then it would like just be a notifiable injury).
  • Insecure load = fall from height
    immediate or imminent exposureRobb

    This is the one part that I see most used to "justify" not reporting - "yeah we dropped a tonne of scaffold poles off the hiab, but no one was walking past at the time so it's not notifiable"...
    While I will accept that satisfies the immediate exposure part I would say unless there was measures in place to prevent people being in the drop zone (e.g. taped off) then there would have still been a risk of imminent exposure. I would also argue that if the area was taped of to prevent people being in the drop zone the event should be considered to have been a controlled incident with respect to any person's safety and so would fail the test for being notifiable on multiple points.
  • How much is H&S technical and how much is it about people?
    I think you have summer used it nicely there Peter.
    I see a conflict here with "H&S" wanting to claim the field should be more focused on people relationships than technical knowledge, but also wanting to be seen as a real profession.

    As a Profession there needs to be a basis of technical competency (as well as a code of ethics, etc.), and for H&S I see this needs to include knowledge on both specific risks and management of those risks (e.g. confined space, warehousing and logistics, food and pathegens, etc.) as well as general business management (risk management, costs/benefits analysis, etc.) - which would define a competent H&S Professional in their specific field (just like you wouldn't ask an electrical engineer to design you a bridge).
    The People side come in regarding what makes a capable H&S Professional - being able to recite chapter and verse what the legislation or code of practice say regarding a specific situation and no more does not make you capable (even if you are competent), having the ability to use you knowledge to understand a situation and development the best approach to take (e.g. the influencing and collaboration aspects of " about people") that make a capable Professional.
  • Insecure load = fall from height
    If in doubt - Fill the form out.

    Nobody has ever gotten into trouble for over reporting
    Chris Hyndman

    In the first few months of HSWA I remember reporting a potential notifiable incident to WorkSafe where the person on the phone seems a little puzzled as to why I was reporting it (as in this ain't a serious harm injury...) but that was basically my answer "I don't know if it is or isn't, but there a fine for not reporting but no fine for (reasonably) bothering WorkSafe... so hence the call"
  • Insecure load = fall from height
    Would it not be considered an insecure load so come under the land transport act, so would not be reportable to worksafeDon Ramsay
    Again it would potentially depend on if the incident happened during road transport (or after it was considered secured for transport) or during loading/unloading. It looks like there is a offense in the Land Transport act for failing to secure a load (and strict liability if you do fail to), but there seems to be no obligation in the act to specifically report a lost load to the regulator (NZTA or applicable RCA) so unless caught red handed you could get away with it.
    But given that the one of reasons for the insecure load offence must be to reduce the occurances of people being exposed to a the risk of serious injury from insecure loads falling of vehicles then would an item falling from a vehicle while being transported not have to be consider notifiable if it were to occur???
  • Insecure load = fall from height
    The item was a metal fuel pump. WorkSafe have said no.Michael Wilson

    What questions did WorkSafe ask you, relating to the event?
    Just curious because I don't think I have ever gotten a straight answer to a question from WorkSafe, mostly it's a reciting of the section of the act and then "you need to decide..."
  • Insecure load = fall from height
    Where's the "it depends" option?
    Really comes down to if it was unplanned / uncontrolled and if it could of potentially put a person's safety at risk?
    Was it a 3L bottle of juice or was it a 1T pallet?
    Was it within a designated loading zone (and thus access around the truck is prevented) or on the side of the road?
    Was it while the truck was moving or stationary?
  • The Test and Tag thread
    That's a huge part of the whole issue Matt, we have an Electrical Regulator that isn't fit for purpose, it lacks the resources to get Regulations citing Standards updated to the latest versions, much less investigate instances of non compliance, or provide clear guidance on alternative solutions to safe outcomes that will comply with the various provisions of the regulations that it is responsible for .Steve H

    But can the answer to bureaucratic failure ever be more bureaucracy (more regulations, NZQA standards, etc. for who can TnT)? You already rightly point out that the electricity regulator is stretched to regulate what is currently on their plate (and so is WorkSafe). Adding more can't help that.

    To be honest, I see a similar thing has happened with HSWA. We have had a "major" rewrite of our H&S legislation expected to be administrated by a still under-resourced regulator, and unsurprisingly little has really come of it. And that is because the rewrite is basically following the same format as the old legislation that was failing, which was definitely not help by a regulator that was trying to go back to what it knew - HSE (I personally found it infuriating when the WorkSafe mantra was all about identifying your critical risks that could kill or seriously harm and controls those, which was basically a regurgitation of HSE's significant hazards requirements and didn't actually follow the "risk based approach" the new legislation was apparently putting forward... but that's off topic, sorry)

    My suggestion is to actually clarify the electricity safety regulations by removing the term "electrically safe". This would remove the paradox where as per the regulation an appliance could be deemed to be electrically safe and electrically unsafe at the same time. And so the regulations would be focused on what is considered electrically unsafe, such as for the repair or sales regs - that an appliance is deemed electrically unsafe until tested as per the regulations.

    The approach to ensuring that appliances are not electrically unsafe (so far as reasonably practicable) would be better placed within an Approved Code of Practice, which can better detail the wider range of measures required (and is somewhat easier to update as/when required, rather than having to go through the parliamentary processes.

    And fair enough on the mandatory 3760 TnT never being claimed, I think I just got distracted by the "is there mandatory testing requirements" post.
  • The Test and Tag thread
    I was more referring to the regulation only specifying the testing, where as Reg80 specifies the requirements are to test, inspect and tag the appliance. Possible semantics but unless we have case law that clarifies that Reg90 intention was that the appliance is to be tagged then we can't really say for sure either way.
    Either way both these regulations are relating to the seller or repairer's obligations/liability to provide electrically safe appliances (a one-off obligation), rather than the owner's obligations to not use or allow to be used electrically unsafe appliances (an continuous obligation) - which is what we were originally discussing with regards to mandatory (or not) test and tag requirements in the regulations.
  • The Test and Tag thread
    It's interesting that Energy Safety's "advice" on Testing and Taagging, doesn't provide for any alternative way to get to "deemed safe" Matt, and discharge the obligation that Reg 15 imposes, and thus far no one else has either, but you are correct, the absence of a tag doesn't make the item "unsafe", but it does mean the "safety" of the item is unknownSteve H

    I think that is because the WorkSafe article is raising the point that just because something is tagged doesn't mean that they will take it as electrically safe in an investigation, and there is a lot of other points they would look at to determine if a company has manage an electrical risk SFARP 9including the points you have rasied about the competency of some of those in the TnT market). Agree that their inclusion that TnT is not mandatory is a bit of a red herring.

    following the get out of jail card afforded by following Reg 26 to get to "deemed safe"Steve H

    This is my point - if people are looking at TnT as a "get out of jail" then they will be focusing on that, doing the minimum to not get found guilty rather than actually managing the electricity safety risk they are responsible for.

    Are There Any Instances Where Testing And Tagging Is Required?Steve H

    As I understand it, Reg90 only requires the testing of appliance that has been worked on before releasing the item to another person, no need for tagging it. And Reg80 is relating to a different (but similar) testing regime, but is specifically a one of test and Tagged at the time the appliance is offered for sale - so protecting the seller liability rather than the user.
    So neither of those examples are really relating to the test and tagging we are talking about under AS/NZS 3760.
  • The Test and Tag thread
    5 Using works, installations, fittings, appliances, and associated equipment

    (1) A person who owns or operates works, installations, fittings,or appliances must not use, and must
    not allow any other person to use, the works, installations, fittings, or appliances if the works,
    installations, fittings, or appliances are electrically unsafe.
    Steve H

    Ahhhhh but the catch is that Reg26 about AS/NZS3760 tagging only states that an appliance with a current (legitimate) tag is electrically safe it does not say an appliance without one is is electrically unsafe. Given the gaps you have identified in the Test N Tag regime as it stands now, it is likely that if a person was electrocuted or received a serious electric shock from an appliance in a workplace the fact it was tagged would likely be of little significance to WorkSafe's prosecution.
    And so is it time to rethink what it means for something to be electrically safe/unsafe. I agree that Test n Tag can be a critical part of the management of electrical appliances, but it is only ever one part of wider electricity safety measures.

    In a recent post @Peter Bateman asked How to reduce 'safety clutter'? - getting ride of Regulation 26 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations would be one of my nominations.
  • The Test and Tag thread
    ...who seem to barely understand what it is that they are there to do.Steve H
    I think that there is the crux of the TnT issue.
    When the client sees it as a compliance requirement for their equipment to have tags, and the "CP" sees the purpose of their job as to make sure that electrical stuff has tags then there is always going to be a disconnect between the purpose of TnT and what gets done. After all if the client sees this as purely a compliance cost, why would they engage someone who is just going to increase that cost by making them service/replace some of their equipment?

    To be honest - Tag n Test is a good example where blind following of a blanket rule can actually cause more risk than it controls.
  • How to reduce 'safety clutter'?
    think the "decluttering" idea emerged from an academic paper in 2018 (Rae, A., Provan, D., Weber, D. E., & Dekker, S. (2018). Safety clutter: the accumulation and persistence of ‘safety’ work that does not contribute to operational safety. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 16(2), 194-211.Chris Peace
    Any chance you have a copy of the paper you could share Chris?

    From what I have heard Drew and Andrew talk about regarding safety clutter on their podcast the main point really is that it is oganisation specific, what is clutter to one organisation can be very much critical to another (and again key part of Peter's original question is "from your organisation" and providing the reason why).

    5s, Kanban, etc. can improve efficiencies if implemented well and into a organisation that can benefit from them, but they can also be completely disastrous in the wrong orgnaisation.

    As for my answer... I would suggest adding something to the process, a well defined systems audit program which includes both confirmation that the system meets the business's requirements, the system is being used as intended, and (what usually gets forgotten in an audit) the system's requirements are achieving their individual intended outcome (which means that the system requirements need to have a specified outcomes).
    as an example; In the case of forms, and the want to get rid of them / move to Electronic systems - if the intended outcome for completing a prestart checklist is to provide prompts to ensure that all pre-starts are consistent then a paper form / book is sufficient. And months/years of records / moving to an electronic system is practically worthless (having a prestart checklist book for each plant with 20/30/50/?? pages, being filled in should suffice an auditor). And if the actual purpose of the form, as a tool to help the workers do their job well rather than as a monitoring tool for management, is clearly communicated to the workforce then they will likely be much more engaged with it, stop seeing it as (management-)ass-covering paperwork and use it more effectively.... I'd even go as far to say that personally I would not care if the pre-start forms got thrown out as soon as they are completed, and from an auditor's perspective as long as they can find well used forms in the site rubbish bins I would say that is a much better outcome than 5 years worth of ticked n flicked records!