Health
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Sun exposure gets personal with wearable UV sensors

Keeping an eye on your personal ultraviolet (UV) exposure throughout the day could soon be as simple as wearing a sticker, thanks to new wearable sensors that help people manage vitamin absorption and avoid sun damage The UV active ink can be printed on paper making sensors cheap and easy to produce. Continue →
Injury
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Automated gates can spell automated danger

Automated gates pose serious health and safety risks – especially those not fitted with safety devices to guard against injury as the gate opens and closes WorkSafe has issued an automated gate safety alert following a serious incident in which a child was injured by a set of automated gates. Continue →


Management
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Uber app is timely fatigue reminder

Uber has introduced a safety feature that logs drivers off its app after they reach 13 hours driving time – the most Uber and taxi drivers are legally allowed to drive in a day This follows a case in which one of its drivers exceeded the NZTA rule on the 13-hour driving limit and further highlights the importance of fatigue awareness and management. Continue →
Training
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HASANZ launches scholarship programme

The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) has created a scholarship programme to encourage further education in workplace health and safety Scholarships include a financial contribution towards full or part-time tertiary study – up to $5000 per year for up to two years, as well as practical experience and mentoring. Continue →




Fire Protection
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Passive fire compliance seminar a hot event

Many commercial buildings around New Zealand are putting lives and property at risk because they don’t comply with fire safety standards, says John Lucas He became aware of this problem from insurers doing risk surveys and is leading an international seminar this month to highlight the issues and work on solutions. Continue →
PPE
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Five hand tool safety tips for every workplace

Hand tool safety tips are useful in every workplace – almost every job calls for their use, and healthy hands are necessary for every job People who work in warehouses, construction sites, or in industrial workplaces will likely use hand tools more frequently, but even office workers use scissors, box cutters, and utility knives. Continue →


Chemicals
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Firefighting foam starts a blazing row

A Manawatū farmer says his community wants easier access to a blood test for toxic chemicals from firefighting foam, but the Health Ministry is telling them not to bother according to RNZ News The groundwater around defence bases including Ōhakea in Manawatū have been contaminated with toxic and long-lasting firefighting foam chemicals. Continue →
Hazardous Substances


Access
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Major crane assessment saves downtime, reduces cost and enhances safety

Konecranes has completed a Major Assessment of a production-critical crane used in WesTrac’s Newman, WA workshop, which has saved the company downtime and cost, as well as enhanced safety and productivity for ongoing use The 40t double-girder crane is used to lift components for WesTrac’s repairs on their customers’ dozers, graders and loaders, such as power train overhaul, where it lifts components like engines, pump drives, torque converter transmissions and final drives. Continue →