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Asbestos removal is still not being managed effectively almost 50 years after construction businesses were first made aware of the risks of the cancer-causing material, says WorkSafe New Zealand “Asbestos is New Zealand’s number one killer in the workplace with around 170 people dying every year from asbestos-related diseases,” WorkSafe Deputy General Manager, Investigations and Specialist Services, Simon Humphries, notes. Continue →
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Low-level lead exposure may be responsible for around 30 per cent of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease in the US each year, according to an international paper published in The Lancet Public Health  Researchers monitored the lead levels in more than 14,000 people over 20 years and found that even low-level lead exposure (between 1-5 micrograms of lead per decilitre of blood) increases the risk of premature death. Continue →
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New Zealand’s system for managing hazardous substances is changing to reflect the government’s health and safety reform, Environmental Protection Authority Senior Policy Advisor Tania van Maanen explains The rules around managing risks to workers using hazardous substances will be transferred from the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO) and regulations implemented by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSW) and regulations implemented by WorkSafe New Zealand. Continue →
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