Are stone kitchen benches the new asbestos?

Leading physicians say that Australian stonemasons are facing the biggest lung disease crisis since asbestos, due to crystalline silica in popular stone kitchen benches Last month 22 silicosis claims were lodged to WorkCover in Queensland, including six people who have been diagnosed as terminal, leading to state government intervention. Continue →

Safety gear must be fit for purpose

Identifying a workplace risk but not following up to ensure it is controlled is bad health and safety business practice according to WorkSafe The comment follows the sentencing of Agility Building Solutions Limited in the Christchurch District Court after a painter was injured in the construction company’s own workplace. Continue →


Free webinar on road risk management for fleet operators

Road safety charity Brake is running a free online session for professionals with responsibility for at-work drivers looking at addressing road risk management in fleets The Towards Zero: going beyond compliance webinar, sponsored by Verizon Connect, takes place on Tuesday 11 December, 2pm-3.30pm. Continue →

Fire Protection

New device raises the bar in electrical safety and fire protection

Power management company Eaton has released a new arc fault detection device that provides critical all-in-one protection against electrical fires in homes and buildings With built-in arc fault detection, earth leakage current protection (RCD), short circuit and overcurrent protection (MCB) technology in one compact device, the AFDD+ can be easily installed on switchboards for new-builds or retrofitted in residential applications. Continue →

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 →


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


Innovative approach to automated guided vehicle safety

Increasing process automation means the cost-effective automation of vehicles is playing an increasingly more important role – which in turn has serious safety implications Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are encountered in vast warehouses, order-picking areas and production halls. Continue →