TriEx Newsletter – January 2018

The January Health Safety & Wellness Update is out today, the first of 2018! We hope you have had an enjoyable Christmas and New Years. In this months update, we have some news about a very exciting announcement, concerning the next chapter in the evolution of TriEx. From January 1 we have partnered with global Third Party Administrator (TPA), Gallagher Bassett. You can read more about this news and the opportunities that come with it in the link below.

The Flu season will be commencing in early March, and this year for the first time we will be able to offer nationwide provision. This means regardless of where your workers are located, we will be able to offer your business a comprehensive Flu vaccination programme.

It is important to remember that you will need to have a First Aider on site while we’re administering your teams Flu Vaccinations. The easiest way to do this is to make sure one of your workers has a current First Aid certificate. At the link below you can find out how you can book one of our First Aid courses at a reduced price.

We hope you are enjoying the lovely weather, but do not forget that UV radiation is especially harsh in New Zealand, and inadequate hydration can lead to deadly heat illnesses – especially for people working outside. We have got some tips below on how to manage this.

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TriEx offering expands through Gallagher Bassett partnership

Over the past months TriEx Health Safety and Wellness Limited has been going through the process of partnering with Gallagher Bassett NZ Limited (GB).

Gallagher Bassett (www.gallagherbassett.co.nz) is a global leader in third party claims administration, including ACC and disability claims management and rehabilitation along with general insurance claims management. GB has been operating in New Zealand for more than ten years and globally since 1962.

We are delighted to advise you that our partnership with GB has been finalised and took effect from 1 January 2018. This arrangement see’s GB acquire the business of TriEx in New Zealand.

For our valued clients of TriEx it is primarily business as usual.

As transition completes, the team here at TriEx will remain the same. There are no significant changes in personnel or roles and all of the TriEx team have been offered to retain their roles. It is key that the team here at TriEx continue to develop our offering that will allow us to strengthen our service to the market for your benefit.

Previous TriEx Directors Sarah O’Connell and Rob Acutt who will both be joining GB. Sarah will be appointed to the role of General Manager TriEx.

Sarah says “Our businesses both provide quality solutions, and believe that the customer experience must be exceptional. We are proud of TriEx’s culture and both myself and the team are excited about the future and providing an expanded service offering to existing and new clients,”.

Going forward we are excited to be able to offer you a more competitive range of services. As well as our existing offering, we will also bring a greater range of professional services including rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy provision, Occupational Medicine capability and a wide range of claims management expertise.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.

Health Monitoring for Temporary Employees

Many of our clients find our Health Monitoring services of significant value to their business. Health Monitoring is a way to check if the health of your employees is being harmed by exposure to hazards while carrying out work and aims to detect early signs of ill-health or disease. Health monitoring is also necessary to ensure the control measures that you have taken are working effectively. Many businesses monitor the health of their permanent employees, but it is important to do the same for temporary employees.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, a worker includes an employee of a labour hire company (temporary employees) who is working in the business or undertaking, and they are to be treated the same as employees with respect to the provision of a safe working environment and the provision of PPE.

Recent Employment Court rulings have shown that a host company may also be deemed the employer where essentially “the work is for an indefinite duration, is expected to be provided and is expected to be performed by the individual” and “a significant degree of supervision, control and direction is exercised by the host [company]”.

Health monitoring is a way to check if the health of workers is being harmed from exposure to hazards while carrying out work, and aims to detect early signs of ill-health or disease. Health monitoring also shows if control measures are working effectively. Monitoring does not replace the need for control measures to minimise or prevent exposure. Examples of health monitoring include:

  • Spirometry testing to detect early changes in lung function
  • Audiometric testing to detect early hearing loss

Health monitoring is mandatory if the worker carries out ongoing work involving a substance hazardous to health, and there is a serious risk to the worker’s health because of exposure to that hazardous substances. A good example would be exposure to Asbestos.

For more information on how TriEx can help with monitoring the health of your workers contact us today on 0800 487 439

Training Calendar – January & February 2018

Our latest Training Calendar is out today, which includes upcoming training dates for January & February.

In this issue, we bring you our new Workplace First Aid Lifesaver specials. These are exactly the same as regular Workplace First Aid courses, just at a lower price of $99 rather than $154. With plenty of disruption coming up with the Christmas shut down period, we have a lot of these courses to take advantage of. To book a Lifesaver special, click here.

Our Psychological First Aid course continues, with 3 dates coming up; one in January and two in February. You can learn more about this course and book here.

We also have one Asbestos Awareness for Tradespersons course in February. This is great for people who could potentially come into contact with asbestos during their normal line of work.

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