First Aid Training Spring Tips

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. With above average temperatures across NZ being predicted for this summer, it’s sure to be a hot one.

If you’re heading outdoors it might be a good idea to break out the SPF30+ and remember to keep well hydrated.

Also be on the lookout for bees and wasps. Honey bees and bumble bees only sting if provoked, while wasps can be aggressive and can sting more than once.
If someone has been stung, look out for signs of an allergic reaction for up to 20 minutes. Signs of a severe allergic reaction, known as Anaphylaxis, may include:

  • difficult/noisy breathing
  • swelling of tongue
  • wheezing/coughing
  • persistent dizziness and pale skin

They may also have:

  • abdominal pain
  • nausea/vomiting
  • swelling of face

First Aid for Anaphylaxis

  • Administer adrenalin straight away by use of an auto-injector (if available)
  • Move away from the bees/wasps to avoid getting stung again
  • Dial 111 and inform them that you are dealing with a severe allergic reaction
  • Keep the victim calm, if they go unconscious start DRSABCD’s

To learn more about saving a life – book a TriEx first aid course today! Click here to view our range of refresher and 8 hour first aid course dates. Or for group bookings please contact firstaid@triex.co.nz

Training Calendar – Nov & Dec 2016

Our latest training calendar is out now, including our First Aid courses, Health & Safety for Managers & Supervisors course dates, and our range of Asbestos Training courses. Download our current training calendar here

First Aid Tip — Choking Awareness

Break out the BBQ and fairy lights it’s Cup Week! (then Christmas)

With spring underway, and summer hot on our heels, we might make use of the great weather and dust off the BBQ tongs. It’s silly season, with lots of laughing, eating and drinking, so be careful not to choke!

There are two types of choking, and it is important for us to differentiate between them:

  1. A partial airway obstruction is where the victim can still cough, breathe and speak. Encourage them to cough and keep monitoring their breathing, call 111 if you are concerned about their breathing or if the coughing does not dislodge the object.
  2. A full airway obstruction is where your victim cannot make any sound, cannot breathe or talk. Follow these steps to help someone with a full airway obstruction:
  • Call 111 immediately.
  • Stand at right angles to them, hold their shoulder and deliver up to five back blows with the heel of your hand, between the shoulder blades.

If the back blows are unsuccessful there is a lot more that you can do.

Stand behind the victim, place the thumb side of your fist in the middle of their chest. Place your other hand on top of your fist and deliver up to 5 chest thrusts, pulling straight back towards you.

Complete this cycle until the object is released or until the victim becomes unconscious. If they do become unconscious, start your DRSABCD process. Prevention is better than cure, so remember to chew your food. Children can choke on food easily due to their biting, chewing and food-grinding skills still being developed.

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To reduce the risk of choking on foods you can:

  • alter the food texture – grate, cook, finely chop or mash the food.
  • remove the high risk parts of the food – peel off the skin, or remove the strong fibres.
  • avoid giving small hard foods, such as whole nuts and large seeds, until children are at least five years old.

To learn more about choking and how to save a life — book a first aid course with us today! Click here to view our range of refresher and 8hr first aid course dates. Or for group bookings please contact firstaid@triex.co.nz

Fatigue Management info/HASANZ Conference update

HASANZ Conference Update

In September, some of our team members attended the HASANZ conference. Steph Hembury, our Safety Advisor, was very impressed with the event and has the following Fatigue Management information to share:

One of the many highlights of the HASANZ Conference was the presentation on Fatigue Risk Management that Dr Drew Dawson (Director of the Appleton Institute in Adelaide) gave. He presented an overview of some of the best ways to manage workplace fatigue, exploring where the line should be drawn between personal and corporate responsibilities.

Fatigue Management

It’s only recently that we’ve begun to understand the risk posed by fatigue in the workplace and Dr Drew Dawson (Director of the Appleton Institute in Adelaide) gave a presentation at the recent HASANZ Conference in Wellington on some of the best ways to manage workplace fatigue, exploring where the line should be drawn between personal and corporate responsibilities.

Some of the key take away points of use for both PCBU’s and Workers are highlighted below.

Fatigue Management involves:

  • Policies/responsibilities
  • Risk assessment
  • Hazard control/action plans
  • Training and education
  • Ongoing review and improvement

Joint Responsibility for Fatigue

Because work-related causes of fatigue are largely under the control of the organisation and non-work related factors are controlled by individual employees, both have a responsibility for managing fatigue.

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Download more information here which shows in detail how you can manage fatigue at your workplace

 

ACOP: Management and Removal of Asbestos

Are you involved in, or do you engage in asbestos removal practices?

Are you aware that there is now a new approved code of practice (ACOP) that supports the ‘Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016’ – the ACOP ‘Management and Removal of Asbestos’

Do you know how the new ACOP affects you, asbestos removal contractors’ and asbestos assessors you engage?

4 Stage Clearance

From the 3rd November 2016, there are a number of changes to the way monitoring of asbestos removal is undertaken – previously, following removal, visual clearance, and clearance air monitoring was undertaken within the asbestos removal enclosure. Once confirmed as clear, the asbestos removal contractor was then able to remove the enclosure. This was known as a 3 stage clearance – this has now changed!

From the 3rd November 2016, the four stage clearance procedure is mandatory, this means, that in addition to the visual inspection of the enclosure, and subsequent air monitoring, there is now an implicit duty for a licensed asbestos assessor, or other independent competent person, to now be present at the enclosure dismantling phase, and to give a final visual clearance inspection following enclosure removal.

Failure to undertake this final inspection, is now a breach of the law! This extra inspection now requires a third visit from an assessor, where previously it only required two.

Clearance air monitoring

Prior to the new ACOP, it was a requirement that at least one air monitoring pump was used for clearance monitoring of an enclosure following asbestos removal, with extra pumps being required dependent on enclosure/removal area size. This has now changed. There is an implicit requirement that there are a minimum of 2 pumps required to be in operation when conducting clearance air monitoring, even on areas up to 25m2 in size, increasing in number depending on size of removal area/enclosure.

Do you comply with the law?

These are just two of the many changes to the law pertaining to asbestos that have been implemented since the ‘Health and Safety at Work act 2015’ came into effect.

To help keep you up to date with your obligations, and how these changes affect you, TriEx are undertaking a series of free 2 hour workshops to educate and inform organisations’ of the new changes, and how to remain compliant in a simple, easy to understand manner.

TriEx are experienced in undertaking 4 stage clearance procedures following removal, our BOHS qualified, and licensed asbestos assessors can ensure your continued compliance. In addition to undertaking asbestos surveys, and providing asbestos management consultancy services.

To register your interest in one of our free workshops, or to learn more contact Craig on asbestos@triex.co.nz or call on 0800 4 TRIEX