Health
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Everything you need to know about silicosis

Silicosis is an incurable and debilitating lung disease primarily caused by occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica – early symptoms include breathing difficulties, wheezing and chest tightness, writes Michelle Llamas of ConsumerNotice.org Silicosis may take years to manifest but can be fatal. Continue →
Injury
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Home detention for tradesman’s death

An electrical worker has been prosecuted for failing to test prescribed electrical work he had completed that ultimately resulted in a fatality The electrical worker was prosecuted by WorkSafe – Energy Safety under s163C of the Electricity Act 1992 and sentenced in the Nelson District Court to eight months home detention and ordered to pay $150k in reparation. Continue →




Management
Training & Recruitment
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New Zealand introduces its first Fluid Power Engineering Certification

For the first time, New Zealand has a dedicated certification for fluid power engineering, providing new training and career path options to those in the hydraulics and pneumatics industries Gisborne Hydraulic Services – Mohammed Farook (Fluid Power Apprentice), Tasj Paulson (Owner Gisborne Hydraulic Services), Ben Julian (National Manager ATNZ) The Certificate in Fluid Power Engineering Fundamentals (Level 3) approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is the result of sustained effort by several key people in the industry and of a newly formed New Zealand Fluid Power Association. Continue →




Fire Protection
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MBIE calls for recall of unsafe heaters

Energy Safety, WorkSafe’s regulatory arm for electricity and gas usage, has extended its clampdown on a brand of wall-mounted bathroom heaters associated with fires and overheating, prompting a response from MBIE Earlier this year the sale, use, installation, and importation of Serene Classic S2068 wall mounted bathroom heaters was prohibited.  Continue →
PPE
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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 →




Chemicals
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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
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New regulations for engineered stone

The Aussies continue to highlight the inadequacies of worker protection regulations here in New Zealand with the quick introduction of regulations covering engineered stone On July 1 two sets of amendments to the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations will help protect workers from silicosis, a lung disease caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Continue →




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8th Edition OFSEC – Oman’s only and most comprehensive summit & expo on fire, safety and security 08 – 09 October 2024

OFSEC EVENT 2024 is designed to meet the needs of the local, regional and international markets by linking practitioners, suppliers, distributors and manufacturers from the fire, safety, HSE and security industry, with key decision makers from the government and private sectors, making it a definitive networking platform, where new projects and partnerships are initiated and visionary objectives are implemented. Continue →