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» PCBU Definition in NZ: A Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking


» One-Third of NZ businesses use hazardous substances. Does yours?


» Where would the investigation start if someone was seriously injured or killed…


» Is 3pm Friday drinks part of your workplace culture?


» How Much Easier Will This Make The Creation Of Your Hazard & Risk Documentation?


» WorkSafe says Take Immediate Action to Manage Known Risks


» In an emergency, can you get everyone out of your workplace within 2 minutes?


» Our New Online Health & Safety System


» Who is responsible for the Health and Safety of your contractors? You or them?


» Health and Safety Audits - What Next?


» Christmas Holiday Office Hours


» Thinking About Your Emergency Prodedures


» Airborne Contaminants - The Effects on Workers Health


» Changes in the ACC Certification Programmes


» The Five Step Guide to Risk Assessment


» Notifiable Events - What Should You Do?


» Directors Health and Safety Checklist


» Update on the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015


» Warning: On Any Day An Earthquake May Occur in New Zealand


» Date Announced For The New Health & Safety Law: 4 April 2016


» What you need to know about the new Health & Safety Reform Bill


» Director Fined $25,000 for ignoring prohibition notice


» Health & Safety Lesson From The Australian Courts


» Wear helmets on quad bikes - they are part of the job


» Securo Achieves Tertiary in the ACC WSMP Certification


» Hefty Fines Over Forklift Accident


» Inadequate scaffolding leads to fine


» Changes to Agricultural Motor Vehicle on Roads WOF Rules


» Directors Guidelines On Health and Safety


» Workplace Health & Safety Taskforce


» Announcement by Judith Collins, Minister of ACC


» Strategic Review of Workplace Health & Safety in New Zealand


» When the DoL comes calling


» Working on Roofs


PCBU Definition in NZ: A Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking

Friday 16 February, 2018 09:05

Like any legislation the Health and Safety At Work Act 2015 has its own acronyms and definitions.

As everyone has responsibilities under the Act, we thought a quick broad snapshot of each might be helpful as it can get quite confusing...

What is a "PCBU"?

Definition: A Person Conducting a Business or ... read more

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One-Third of NZ businesses use hazardous substances. Does yours?

Tuesday 30 January, 2018 15:43

...  What the changing rules mean for you

Hazardous substances are any product or chemical that has explosive, flammable, oxidising, toxic, corrosive or ecotoxic (harmful to the environment) properties.

Is your business in one of the following 5 categories that are commonly using hazardous substances?

  1. Manufacturing & Factories
  2. Farmers & G ... read more

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Where would the investigation start if someone was seriously injured or killed…

Thursday 28 September, 2017 15:40

... whilst on the job at your organisation?

Worksafe starts at the top. They will want to see the director(s) and they will ask the question “show me you did everything in your power to prevent the accident”.

During that investigation they will be gathering meeting minutes, any risk reviews you’ve conducted and evidence of engagemen ... read more

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Is 3pm Friday drinks part of your workplace culture?

Monday 25 September, 2017 11:03

In workplaces all over NZ at 3pm on Friday afternoons it’s time to “down-tools” and head to the staffroom and crack open a beer/wine or 2 each.

We’ve been doing it for many years. It’s part of our culture. It’s how we celebrate the work done this week. It’s the start of our weekend. It’s time to relax, tell some stories, crack some jokes, ... read more

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How Much Easier Will This Make The Creation Of Your Hazard & Risk Documentation?

Wednesday 20 September, 2017 14:25

Have you seen our 4.5 minute video walkthrough of our new online Health & Safety system?

If you’re already a client of ours, the good news is that this system is available to you right now (let us know if you need help logging in for the first time).

If you&rs ... read more

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WorkSafe says Take Immediate Action to Manage Known Risks

Friday 1 September, 2017 11:21

We would like to update you on a recent communication from WorkSafe NZ with regard to:

  • managing the risks within your business
  • plus a recent prosecution under the new Health & Safety at Work Act 2015.

 We believe it is important to take note of the health & safety failures identified in the WorkSafe investigation and the level of fines and ... read more

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In an emergency, can you get everyone out of your workplace within 2 minutes?

Monday 3 July, 2017 10:33

Every New Zealand organisation, regardless of size should:

  1. Have an Emergency Evacuation Procedure or an Approved Fire Evacuation Scheme
  2. Have an Emergency Plan Folder at reception
  3. Stage a trial evacuation every 6 months
  4. Be able to get everyone out of your building(s) within 2 minutes

Who needs to create an Emergency Response Procedur ... read more

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Our New Online Health & Safety System

Thursday 29 June, 2017 09:41

On Monday 3rd of July 2017 our new online Health & Safety system goes live.

This new Online Hazard Suite enables the creation of:

  • Hazard Control Plans
  • Hazard & Risk Registers
  • Risk Assessment Matrix’s, &
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)

This new system has been designed and built to enab ... read more

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Who is responsible for the Health and Safety of your contractors? You or them?

Tuesday 6 June, 2017 10:08

Today, more than ever before, there is a need for New Zealand business owners, directors and managers, to know, and understand, how they, and their contractors, perform against the new Health & Safety at Work Act 2015.  

The owners and senior managers of businesses in New Zealand are now liable for the safety of all workers, whether they are their own employees, or a contracto ... read more

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Health and Safety Audits - What Next?

Friday 10 February, 2017 14:48

In recent years, many of Securo’s clients have participated in the ACC WSMP and WSD certification process.  In 2016 ACC announced that these programmes would cease in March 2017 and so many clients have been re-audited to ensure that the ACC Certification would last until June 2019, depending on your most recent audit date, at which point the programme and the associated ACC Levy di ... read more

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Christmas Holiday Office Hours

Thursday 22 December, 2016 11:40

 

The team at Securo wish to take the opportunity to wish you and your staff a very

Merry Christmas

 

We thank ... read more

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Thinking About Your Emergency Prodedures

Wednesday 16 November, 2016 11:05

Given recent natural events in New Zealand, we would like to prompt all Securo clients to give some thought to what procedures you have in place should an emergency strike.  What we must all surely now realise is that the beautiful country we live in, can and will at times place some serious risks in our path.

While we are wanting to highlight natural disasters such as Earthquakes ... read more

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Airborne Contaminants - The Effects on Workers Health

Thursday 3 November, 2016 10:46

Did you know; WorkSafe NZ has launched a campaign to raise awareness of risks from welding fumes, wood dust and carbon monoxide in the manufacturing and construction sectors. The programme, which forms part of the Healthy Work strategic plan for work-related health, broadens WorkSafe’s focus on workplace airborne contaminants which initially started with silica and organic solvents.

... read more

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Changes in the ACC Certification Programmes

Tuesday 4 October, 2016 11:57

For many years, a large number of Securo’s clients have participated, in either the ACC WSD or ACC WSMP certification programmes.

ACC has recently announced changes to the future of these programmes.  The key changes are:

  • Both programmes will cease on 1st April 2017
  • ACC are recommending that all organisations wishing to be audited prior to ... read more

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The Five Step Guide to Risk Assessment

Friday 23 September, 2016 10:11

 Under the new Health & Safety at Work Act, assessment of the risk/s associated with individual hazards is a cornerstone of the emphasis being placed on hazard management.  Gaining an understanding of the risk assessment and implementation of control measures is vital to both protecting workers and your business.

 This article aims to answer some bas ... read more

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Notifiable Events - What Should You Do?

Tuesday 2 August, 2016 14:33

Under the old health & safety act, we had become accustomed to the term “Serious Harm” and what we should do when one of these occurred.

With the new Health & Safety at Work Act this has changed to “Notifiable Events”.  There are a range events which are notifiable under the new act, if they ... read more

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Directors Health and Safety Checklist

Friday 1 April, 2016 14:19

The second edition of the 2013 publication Health & Safety Guide: Good Governance for Directors, has been published by WorkSafe NZ and the Institute of Directors.  It has been revised to take in the new HSW Act.

The questions below were included as an appendix in the guide, we think these represent a very good guide for all businesses.

DIRECTORS HEALTH ... read more

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Update on the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015

Wednesday 9 March, 2016 13:47

The New Health & Safety at Work Act 2015

As I am sure you understand by now, the new HSW Act comes into force on the 4th of April 2016.

We are aware that many Securo clients have been working with their safety consultants to start the process of working towards preparing for this change. Many organisations are now actively working on Risk Rating their hazar ... read more

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Warning: On Any Day An Earthquake May Occur in New Zealand

Friday 25 September, 2015 12:03

 Everyone, everywhere should know the right action to take before, during and after an earthquake.

 Thursday 15th of October is the International Shakeout Day of Action. 

New Zealand will be the first country to participate this year, at 9.15am! **

The aim is to get 1.5 million New Zealanders to read more

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Date Announced For The New Health & Safety Law: 4 April 2016

Monday 31 August, 2015 14:22

The new Health & Safety Law – When Does it Come Into Effect?
Late last week the Health and Safety Reform Bill was passed by Parliament.  This was reported widely, including on the Worksafe NZ website.

The new Act will come into effect on 4 April 2016.

What happens ne ... read more

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What you need to know about the new Health & Safety Reform Bill

Tuesday 25 August, 2015 13:05

Are you aware of where your responsibilities lie in the new Health & Safety Reform Bill?

Hopefully you are now aware that there will be new legislation to govern Health & Safety in New Zealand. 

The Government is pushing this through parliament now. 

While it has taken longer to work through the process than any one envisaged, the auth ... read more

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Director Fined $25,000 for ignoring prohibition notice

Thursday 20 August, 2015 03:00

Ranjit Singh, the sole Director of Nihal Homes (NZ) Limited, was convicted and fined $25,000 on Tuesday at the Auckland District Court under section 43 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act. Mr Singh ignored a prohibition notice issued after asbestos was found at a worksite in Symonds Street.

On 14 March 2014 a WorkSafe inspector visited the worksite after being notified by the ... read more

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Health & Safety Lesson From The Australian Courts

Thursday 5 March, 2015 09:07

The first legal charge against a manager as an “Officer of a PCBU”, over the death of a worker under new occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation in Australia has significant implications for New Zealand, says Frank Taylor GM for Securo.

New Zealand's proposed Health and Safety at Work Act is closely modelled on Australia's legislation and is intended to com ... read more

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Wear helmets on quad bikes - they are part of the job

Wednesday 17 December, 2014 15:03

A farming couple from Canvastown near Blenheim have been fined $20,000 each for offences involving the use of quad bikes on the farm where they have a share-milking partnership. 

Read the full article on Stuff.co.nz

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Securo Achieves Tertiary in the ACC WSMP Certification

Thursday 11 December, 2014 15:11

As a provider of Health and Safety consultancy services the General Manager of Securo, Frank Taylor, believes that Securo should be leading from the front. 

Achieving the ACC WSMP Tertiary Certification was one of the objectives for Securo in 2014 and following an ACC Audit in November 2014, Securo received their Tertiary Certification from ACC.  Maintaining the ACC Certifica ... read more

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Hefty Fines Over Forklift Accident

Wednesday 20 August, 2014 10:06

Three companies have been fined a total of almost $120,000 dollars and ordered to pay combined reparation of $20,000 after a woman was struck by a reversing forklift. Read the full article on the WorkSafeNZ website

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Inadequate scaffolding leads to fine

Wednesday 16 July, 2014 15:07

An Auckland roofing company has been convicted and fined. Read the 1 page article on the Worksafe Website

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Changes to Agricultural Motor Vehicle on Roads WOF Rules

Monday 16 December, 2013 15:16

Download "Rule changes to the use of agricultural motor vehicles on roads" (95Kb .pdf). Provided by the NZTA.

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Directors Guidelines On Health and Safety

Wednesday 24 July, 2013 16:05

The publication is a joint initiative of the Institute of Directors and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Good Governance Practices Guideline for Managing Health and Safety Risks (3.5Mb .pdf) 

This document provides ... read more

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Workplace Health & Safety Taskforce

Thursday 2 May, 2013 08:52

Workplace Health and Safety Taskforce calls for urgent, broad-based change

New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system has a number of critical weaknesses and needs major systemic changes to save lives, says Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety Chairman, Rob Jager.

Mr Jager says the current system “is not fit for purpose”. ... read more

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Announcement by Judith Collins, Minister of ACC

Friday 14 December, 2012 14:25

Announcement by Judith Collins, Minister of ACC

12 December 2012

Good safety management can lower ACC levies

The Government is introducing a range of incentives to help business owners focus on improved s ... read more

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Strategic Review of Workplace Health & Safety in New Zealand

Thursday 29 November, 2012 09:31

The government has appointed an independent taskforce to undertake a review of current Health & Safety legislation, how this is implemented by employers and what effect it has on the safety of our work environment in New Zealand.  The taskforce has to report its findings to the Minister of Labour by the 30th April 2013.

Below is a brief summary of the consultation d ... read more

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When the DoL comes calling

Thursday 29 November, 2012 09:20

Recent prosecutions by the DoL serve as a reminder that injury or harm are not prerequisites for prosecution under the Health & Safety in Employment Act.

While prosecutions without harm have traditionally been rare, numbers have increased steadily in recent years.  It is likely this trend will be reinforced after the Pike River Mine tragedy, and workplaces need to prime themse ... read more

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Working on Roofs

Monday 9 July, 2012 15:56

We came across this article about Preventing Falls from Height, we thought it would be of interest to you:

Guidelines are now available as part of the DoL’s Preventing Falls from Height project and are designed to provide practical guidance to everyone involved in roof work – from architects and designers to principals and contractors.

The DoL’s programme m ... read more

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