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A more physically active commute to work linked to 30% reduced risk of dying from heart disease and stroke People who are more active when commuting to work by walking or cycling could be cutting their relative risk of developing ischaemic heart disease or stroke by 11% and their relative risk of dying from these diseases by 30%, a study published in the journal Heart suggests. Continue →
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People in industrialized countries spend more than 80% of their lives indoors, increasingly in air-tight buildings that aren’t particularly good for human health These structures require less energy for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, but can be hazardous if particulate matter and potentially toxic gases, including carbon monoxide, ozone, and volatile organic compounds, from sources such as furniture, paints, carpets, and office equipment accumulate. Continue →
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New research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) reveals that frequently being the target of workplace aggression not only affects the victim’s health but can also cause them to behave badly towards others Workplace aggression is a significant issue particularly in the healthcare sector, where nurses can be targeted by both their colleagues and co-workers through bullying, and by patients and their relatives through ‘third-party’ aggression. Continue →
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WorkSafe has accepted its ninth enforceable undertaking under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 The regulator accepted the undertaking from Earthcare Environmental Limited, following an incident in July 2016 where a worker suffered hand injuries including the amputation of two fingers. Continue →
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The importance of risk assessments and implementing appropriate controls was a dominant message in a recent health and safety sentencing The Whangarei District Court recently released their sentencing decision after Avon Industries appeared in court for sentencing in February. Continue →
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Road Safety Week 2018 takes place 7-13 May and employers, especially those with staff who drive for work, are urged to register to take part and raise awareness of road safety issues Coordinated by road safety charity Brake and supported by QBE Insurance and the NZ Transport Agency, the week will focus on seat belts and distractions with the theme ‘Belt on, phone off – make it a habit’. Continue →
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The government-funded seasonal influenza vaccine will be available in April, and wise employers and workers should consider vaccinating themselves as soon as possible against the traditional winter menace Vaccination is recommended by most health professionals despite the fact that reports from the Northern Hemisphere reveal that the latest season’s vaccine was not as effective as expected. Continue →
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Wearable sensors are not just useful for personal fitness tracking, but can also be used to gain new insights in several fields of biomedical research In a research article in the open access journal PLOS Biology, Weng Khong Lim and colleagues from the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine, Singapore, and the National Heart Centre Singapore show that wearables are not only able to identify groups of volunteers with similar patterns of daily activity, but can also predict various markers of risk for cardiovascular diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. Continue →
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There are no second chances with heavy machinery says WorkSafe after the recent sentencing of Easton Agriculture Limited in Palmerston North District Court The sentencing follows the death of a worker in August 2016 after he became trapped in a potato harvester on a farm in Shannon. Continue →
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Safety gear is no good when it is sitting in your vehicle – and it needs to be used properly That’s the lesson following the sentencing of Stumpmaster Limited in the North Shore District Court. Continue →
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The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) has appointed Philip Aldridge as its first Executive Director with responsibility for managing its day to day operations and implementing its business strategy HASANZ is the umbrella organisation for workplace health and safety professions and was established in September 2014 to raise professional standards to provide healthier and safer workplaces. Continue →
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The recent scorching weather provides a timely reminder of the importance of protecting workers from the power of the sun’s potentially deadly rays Workers may be exposed to harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, particularly while working outdoors, WorkSafe advises. Continue →
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Professor Michael Baker – public health under serious threat Workplace health and safety has deteriorated for many years – it took the Pike River crisis to remind us how bad it had become. Continue →
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