Concerns over complete removal of Covid-19 protections

Removing facemask requirements in healthcare facilities and lifting the Covid-19 mandatory seven-day isolation period will put the health system and those with health issues at risk as a new sub-variant emerges, experts fear New Zealanders must hold onto the values of keeping others safe, even when Government policy is no longer aligned with those values, University of Otago Associate Professor Amanda Kvalsvig says. Continue →

Contractor and sub-contractor charged for death of apprentice

WorkSafe New Zealand is calling on the construction sector to “up its game” after a teenager was killed just four months into his apprenticeship Ethan Perham-Turner was killed when timber framing weighing 350 kilograms fell on him at a residential building site in Ōmokoroa in March 2022. Continue →


What is a ‘corporate anthropologist’ and how can one help attract and retain staff?

With the labour market becoming more competitive, employers are turning to anthropologists to create an optimum environment for employee attraction and retention, says corporate anthropologist Michael Henderson Historically, New Zealand has lagged behind international trends in the use of human scientists from this field, but this is now changing – with demand growing rapidly since the pandemic. Continue →
Training & Recruitment

Support for health & safety reps

The New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) has recently released resources to support the development of the Health and Safety Representative (HSR) community The HSR Knowledge Wheel is a capability framework for HSRs, articulating the knowledge, skills, and attributes that HSRs can develop to set them up for success. Continue →

Fire Protection

Workplace explosion no joke

Five workers were badly burned at a Central Auckland workplace after one of them ignited their lighter despite smelling gas In August last year, a barbeque gas bottle was mistakenly left running overnight in a shipping container on a Wynyard Quarter construction site. Continue →

Eye injury a result of company’s safety oversights

WorkSafe NZ is stressing the requirement for employers to provide and ensure personal protective equipment (PPE) is used after Northland business was found guilty and sentenced in relation to a casual worker in who suffered a significant eye injury The victim and a supervisor were repairing orchard fencing in April 2021 when a high-tensile wire snapped, striking the 20-year-old’s left eye. Continue →


Chemical management systems lacking

Changes could be on the way after a report revealed gaps in how we monitor chemicals in the environment and how we interpret their impact on living things The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, is proposing changes to the way New Zealand manages chemicals to make sure their environmental impacts are not overlooked. Continue →
Hazardous Materials & Substances

Long way to go after more asbestos prosecutions

Asbestos remains the country’s number one work-related killer, with about 220 people dying each year from preventable asbestos-related disease Two recent court cases serve as a reminder to tradies and businesses of the dangers, and how to manage the risks of the known carcinogen. Continue →