TriEx Newsletter – September 2017

Our September Newsletter is out now, and after much fanfare our Psychological First Aid course is ready for the market. You can read about what’s included in this course and how your workplace will benefit. Psychological First Aid Courses are now live and start in October during Mental Health Awareness week, so you can now make your booking for this course.

Currently WorkSafe is actively encouraging employers to undertake workplace monitoring to assess the environment that their employees are working in, with a current focus on Noise. You can read more about our workplace noise assessments in the newsletter.

This years Stroke Awareness Week is focusing on Blood Pressure. We have some information on what a stroke is and how to spot one, and information on how TriEx can work with you to maintain a healthy and productive workforce.

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Monitoring Noise Exposure

Are you monitoring the noise exposures in you workplace?

WorkSafe NZ is actively encouraging employers to undertake workplace monitoring to assess the environment that their employees are working in. Such assessments may include noise, dust, chemical exposure, lighting levels or exposure to moulds and fungi.

If you have already taken steps to monitor the hearing of your employees by carrying out annual hearing tests, that is great news – however this is only part of the process.

Noise exposure monitoring is required under the Health and Safety at Work Act, General Risk and Workplace Management (GRWM) regulations. It is a requirement that a workplace noise assessment or survey is completed every 5 years or if any new equipment has been installed or if any equipment has been withdrawn from use.

Constant exposure to noise from tools and machinery can put your workers at risk of permanent hearing damage. Loud machinery and work tools can cause harm to your workers’ hearing. As well as impact noises such as those from sudden loud noises, heavy loads being dropped, or heavy hammering.

If you find you have to raise your voice to have a normal conversation when standing around a metre apart, for at least part of the day, then noise levels on the site could be damaging hearing. If at the end of the day you notice that your hearing is muffled or your ears are ringing then noise levels could also be too high.

The best way to prevent hearing loss is to reduce your and your employees exposure to excessive noise. This can be done by quietening the source of the noise, stopping noise from reaching people, reducing the time people are exposed (i.e. eliminate, substitute or isolate) and by wearing the correct type of personal hearing protection.

The noise monitoring required under the GRWM regulations must be carried out by or under the supervision of a competent person who has sufficient knowledge, skills and experience in the appropriate techniques and procedures including the interpretation of the results. The TriEx Occupational Hygiene team can assist you with all of this.

Our Occupational Hygienists are well experienced and are trained in conducting, interpreting and providing recommendations following workplace noise assessments.

Workplace noise assessments include the identification of noise sources, the assessment of employee noise exposures, advice on administrative and PPE controls and recommendations for engineering and longer term controls. Advice is also provided as to what level of hearing protection is required and the type of hearing protection device best suits the working environment.

To ensure your hearing and the hearing of your employees is not being effected by a noise created in the work environment contact the TriEx Occupational Hygiene team on 0800 487 439 or email occhygiene@triex.co.nz today to discuss how we can help.

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.