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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Customer loses leg after being hit by forklift

Trade Depot has been ordered to pay out almost $500,000 after it was found no plan was in place to keep pedestrians and moving vehicles separate The customer was waiting to collect whiteware from the customer collections area outside Trade Depot in Onehunga, when she was struck by a forklift in August 2022. Continue →




Management
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One in three large businesses impacted by cyber attacks

Independent research released by Kordia shows just how detrimental cyber-attacks are on some of New Zealand’s largest businesses Of the surveyed businesses, all with 100 or more employees, that were hit by a cyber-attack in 2023, more than one in three (36%) said their business operations were disrupted, and 29% said personal data was stolen or accessed. Continue →
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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Pressure mounting to ban engineered stone

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ has added its voice to the calls for a ban on engineered stone to address growing concerns around cases of silicosis In New Zealand, between 750 and 900 people die from work-related diseases each year. 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 →