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

Does your business have an Asbestos Management Plan?

Asbestos is New Zealand’s number one killer in the workplace. Around 170 New Zealanders die each year from asbestos-related diseases. Despite this, many businesses haven’t assessed their asbestos risks under the new regulations.

Due to its strength, durability and resistance to fire and water, asbestos was widely used in building products and materials up until the 1990s. The Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 are designed to protect as many people as possible from exposure to asbestos fibres.

Under the new Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016, all persons controlling a place of work must do the following:

  • Identify any asbestos or asbestos containing material present in the building
  • Assess the risks from asbestos and identify ways to manage them
  • Develop an asbestos management plan
  • Regularly review the management plan’s effectiveness

It’s hard to know if a building does indeed contain asbestos, which is why it’s important to have a trained professional survey your premises to identify any asbestos containing materials to reduce the risk of exposure to your employees or anyone undertaking any work on your building. Not having a comprehensive asbestos management plan in place can open you up to prosecution.

To find out how TriEx can help you meet your obligations, email enquiries@triex.co.nz or phone 0800 487 439

Training Calendar – June & July 2017

Our June & July Training Calendar is out today.

Later in June 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. We’re running two courses in June – one in Auckland and one in Christchurch

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.

IANZ Accreditation

TriEx is pleased to announce that we have successfully gained IANZ accreditation to ISO 17020 for Surveying and Sampling for Asbestos.

Our Asbestos team is led by our Technical Manager and supported by our team of experienced surveyors. The team are highly trained and all hold the BOHS IP402 – Surveying and Sampling for Asbestos Qualification, ensuring the results and recommendations in our technical reports are of the highest quality and integrity.

Our dedication and focus on quality and technical accuracy is the foreground of everything we do, We are dedicated to delivering practical cost effective work place solutions and impartial advice. With your asbestos management in our hands you can focus on your core business interests, confident in the knowledge that you are compliant with your legal obligations and providing a safe built environment for your employee’s and clientele.

Our wide scope of accreditation now covers the following:

– Surveying for Identification of potential Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs)
– Management Surveys (Domestic, Commercial, Industrial)
– Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys (Domestic, Commercial, Industrial)
– Bulk Sampling for Verification of Asbestos
– Evaluation of survey results (including the provision of advice about the management of risks and priority assessment)
– Re-inspection of identified or suspected asbestos containing materials in surveyed premises

To learn more about our asbestos services email enquiries@triex.co.nz, or phone 0800 487 439

TriEx Newsletter – May 2017

Our May Newsletter is out now, and we have a new look — just in time for Winter 2017. We hope that you find this not only informative, but also easier to read on any device.

Our successful Flu Vaccination season has come to an end today, and we are now ready to tackle the rest of 2017 head on!  With the start of the Winter season arriving tomorrow we have focused on winter health in this issue. We have included some winter wellness tips to keep you healthy, including a hearty soup recipe from the Health Food Guide.

We also have some important information about Hypothermia and what to look out for which is especially important for those working outdoors. This month we are also proud to announce that we now have IANZ accreditation, and you can learn what this means to you!

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