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Earlier this year we consulted on proposed changes to 15 Workplace Exposure Standards (WES) and 17 biological exposure indices (BEI) as part of ongoing WorkSafe consultation on, and review of, chemicals and their effects on workers. You may know about WES and BEI or heard other people talk about them – here is a brief explanation of what they are and why they are so important.

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This technical bulletin highlights the importance of inspection and maintenance to reduce fire risks in all plant and equipment in extractive operations.

Bulletin

This bulletin provides guidance about reverse profile diving during occupational diving operations. It has been developed in consultation with the Diving Industry Advisory Group (DIAG). It updates information first shared by DIAG in 2017.

Bulletin

This bulletin provides guidance about bounce diving during occupational diving operations. It has been developed in consultation with the Diving Industry Advisory Group (DIAG).

Bulletin

WorkSafe New Zealand has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Trojan Holdings Limited, following an incident at the Cromwell Transfer Station in June 2017 where a worker fell into the waste hopper and sustained serious injuries.

Media release

There have been two recent near-miss incidents involving operations above historic underground workings. In both cases, underground voids were unexpectedly revealed when the surface caved into the void underneath working machinery.

Safety alert

If your workers are operating at height, you must make sure they’re able to work safely according to WorkSafe in the wake of a sentencing decision released by the Hamilton District Court today.

Media release

Identifying a workplace risk, but not following up to ensure it is controlled is bad health and safety business practice according to WorkSafe.

Media release

Workplace bullying and harassment (including sexual harassment) is serious. Studies suggest that between one in five and one in three New Zealand workers report bullying or harassment annually.

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New Zealand has clearly defined standards for how machinery should be guarded, and WorkSafe says they’re still not being met by too many companies.

Media release

The death of a retired man who fell from a mobility scooter on a damaged piece of footpath has resulted in building development company YSB Group Limited being fined $100,000 by the Manukau District Court. The decision was released today.

Media release

Fireworks are fun but it’s important to follow the safety instructions to keep your family, pets, and property safe, and be considerate of nearby people and animals.

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Tractors are an integral part of farm businesses, but they are also a key contributor to our agricultural industry’s unacceptable number of farm deaths.

Media release

Workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, is a serious issue for New Zealand. It has become an emerging issue both in this country and overseas.

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