Training Calendar – September & October

Our September & October Training Calendar is out today.

October brings us a short week with Labour Day on the 23rd, so we’ve scheduled two Workplace First Aid TrainMe Specials for that week. These courses are at a discounted price of $99, a saving of $55.

Later in October we also have two British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) courses. We have the 4-day BOHS IP402 course: Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Building, plus a new 5-day BOHS IP405 course: Managment of Asbestos in Buildings.

The IP402 course is ideal for those who want to qualify as an asbestos building surveyor and will provide a range of theory and practical knowledge. The IP405 course is an ideal course for people responsible for managing asbestos in a building or estate, who have no real experience within the asbestos industry.

We also have two regular Asbestos courses; an Asbestos Awareness and Sampling Techniques course in September, and an Asbestos Awareness for Tradespersons course in October.

Keep an eye out for our Psychological First Aid courses which are due to start in the next few months. This will be a new offering for the TriEx First Aid team which you can read more about here.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.

TriEx Newsletter – August 2017

Our August Newsletter is out now, and we have plenty of exciting news to announce. After opening our second Auckland location in South Auckland last month, we’ve just opened our first clinic in the Wellington region. You can read about what we’ll be able to offer from our new Wellington clinic in the newsletter.

We’ve expanded our First Aid team with the addition of a new trainer. You can read about some of the improvements this will make to our First Aid offering. Psychological First Aid is on its way as well which we’re really excited to be able to introduce.

The first prosecution has just been through the courts under the new Health & Safety at Work act 2015 after a worker was involved in an incident that has left them with a life long injury. The outcome highlights the importance of managing your risks in the workplace. Make sure you read the full story in the newsletter.

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Training Calendar – August & September

Our August & September Training Calendar is out today.

Later in August, we have the 4 day British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) IP402 course: Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Building. This course is ideal for those who want to qualify as an asbestos building surveyor, and will provide a range of theory and practical knowledge.

Candidates for this course are expected to be aware of the contents of HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide, and have some prior knowledge of carrying out asbestos surveys.

We also have three regular Asbestos courses; an Asbestos Awareness for Tradespersons course in August and September, and an Asbestos Awareness and Sampling Techniques course in September.

Keep an eye out for our Psychological First Aid courses which are due to start in the next few months. This will be a new offering for the TriEx First Aid team which you can read more about here.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.

Coming Soon: Psychological First Aid

TriEx is expanding our First Aid offering with the addition of Psychological First Aid to our First Aid Services in the near future.

Psychological First Aid is about providing supportive and practical assistance to people who are exposed to serious stressors, when professional help is not on hand.

The Psychological First Aid course teaches you to recognise who might need assistance, why they need it, and when and where to provide help.

You will learn how to respond to those who need assistance and provide Psychological First Aid safely as well as build on listening and communication skills and gain skills to help calm and support others, all while looking after yourself.

This is an exciting new product for the TriEx First Aid team, which is due to launch in the next two months.

To learn more about a Psychological First Aid course, email firstaid@triex.co.nz or call 0800 487 439

Testing for Synthetic Cannabis

Synthetic Cannabis is a hot topic right now, with 8 deaths linked to synthetic cannabis just in July 2017. Synthetic cannabinoids are smokable products that are plant based and sprayed or dried with a variety of chemicals. These act in a similar way to cannabinoids that are naturally found in cannabis such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These products were originally created as a legal alternative to cannabis, but have now been banned since 2014.

Synthetic cannabis acts on the same brain cell receptors as natural cannabis however, it is more likely to cause hallucinations and heart problems. A drug counsellor has said recently that the effects of synthetic cannabis can be worse than meth, with users being kept awake for days. On top of this the use of synthetic cannabis has also been linked to Psychosis, Renal failure, and Heart failure, with very high rates of seizures among users (18%).

The effects of synthetic cannabinoids can be unpredictable and life threatening. To ensure the safety of your team and work sites, and to assist with managing the risks or impairment, TriEx offer testing for synthetic cannabinoids as an option within your drug testing programme including at Pre-Employment.

To learn more about our Drug Testing options, you can email us at enquiries@triex.co.nz or call us today on 0800 487 439.

TriEx Newsletter – July 2017

July has been an exciting month here at TriEx with plenty of news to share. We have just opened our second clinic in Auckland which has expanded our coverage into South Auckland, and we also have a clinic in the Wellington region opening very soon.

Our First Aid team is also expanding with a third trainer joining us next month. We will also see an expanded first aid offering which you can read about in this newsletter. Synthetic Cannabis has been in the news recently so we have some helpful information about what this is and our drug testing options.

Earlier in the year we announced that we had a portable defibrillator (AED), which has been kindly provided by ALSCO. You can read more about how ALSCO can help your workplace with the supply of first response equipment.

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Training Calendar – July & August 2017

Our July & August Training Calendar is out today.

Later in August, we have the 4 day British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) IP402 course: Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Building. This course is ideal for those who want to qualify as an asbestos building surveyor, and will provide a range of theory and practical knowledge.

Candidates for this course are expected to be aware of the contents of HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide, and have some prior knowledge of carrying out asbestos surveys.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.

TriEx Newsletter – June 2017

The shortest day of the year has been and gone! The good news is, warmer weather is on it’s way. Unfortunately we’ve still got two months of winter to get through first, but TriEx is here to help.

This month we have some information about our Wellness Checks which can help ensure your team are performing at their optimum wellness. The winter months also brings various problems related to glare from the sun which can affect the lighting in your workplace, so we have a piece from our Occupational Hygiene team to cover this. We also have another healthy recipe – Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Spinach, thanks to Penelope, one of our Occupational Health Nurses.

Asbestos is a topic many businesses are aware of in New Zealand, but many haven’t assessed their risks under the new asbestos regulations. Asbestos is New Zealand’s number one killer in the work place. If you haven’t had a discussion in your workplace about  Asbestos yet, be sure to read the story below.

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Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Spinach

This month we have another healthy recipe from one of our nurses, Penelope – Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Spinach.

Spinach is well known for its nutritional qualities. It is rich in iron which plays a central role in the function of red blood cells which help transport oxygen around the body, as well as in energy production. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid, as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and it is difficult to find vegetables richer in Vitamin K than spinach.

Mushrooms are low in fat, cholesterol-free, sugar-free, and contain virtually no sodium, however they are nutrient dense – packed with vitamins and selenium which is important for the immune system. Selenium is an important part of your body’s antioxidant systems to protect cells from damage.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tbsp Cooking Oil + 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 300g fettuccine pasta (dried)
  • 2 medium cloves of garlic
  • 2 large bunches of spinach
  • 200-250g white or brown mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 4 tbsp cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice
  • Parmesan cheese, finely grated to garnish

Method:

  1. Peel and finely dice the garlic.
  2. Wash spinach and break up leaves into pieces about the size of the palm of your hand. Slice some of the spinach stalks into bite sized pieces.
  3. Heat a large pot of water to boiling point and add 2 tsp salt.
  4. Add the fettuccine to the boiling water, stirring at each addition. It is best to remove the lid of the pan to avoid it boiling over. Cook for 10-12 minutes, adding the spinach stalks for the last 5 minutes of cooking time (optional).
  5. Heat a wide based pan with 2-3 tbsp. of cooking oil for 1 minute and add the sliced garlic and mushrooms, with ½ tsp Chinese five spice, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms are wilted and tender. Add ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Strain the fettuccine, add 1 tbsp. olive oil and stir to prevent strands from sticking together.
  7. Place spinach leaves on top of mushrooms with 2 tbsp. water and place lid on pan. Steam the spinach for about 5 minutes.
  8. Stir to combine ingredients (the spinach will wilt and reduce in volume dramatically!)

 To Serve:

Spoon the pasta onto a large serving plate or individual serving bowls and spoon the mushroom and spinach mixture on top. Serve with finely grated parmesan cheese – Enjoy!

Serves 2-3 people

Fettuccine Pasta Recipe

 

 

Winter Lighting

We have just had the shortest day of the year! While that is a sign that we are slowly on our way to warmer weather, it also means that due to the tilt of the earth, the sun is closer to the horizon.

The result of this is more glare and light intrusion into work spaces, which can cause discomfort, inaccuracy and loss of productivity. Adjusting the amount of intruding light and glare in your workplace can have a significant impact on your workers wellbeing and safety – especially in hazardous work environments.

Like temperature and humidity, everyone has a wide range of comfort levels, so everyone’s lighting needs will be different. When offices feature open plan work areas it is often more about reaching a short term compromise rather than redesigning the building.

Our occupational hygienists are able to provide you with an assessment of the lighting (luminance) in your workplace and provide practical options to help you manage your lighting needs.

To learn more about our Occupational Hygiene services email the Occupational Hygiene team, or phone 0800 487 439