TriEx Newsletter – April 2018

Our April Newsletter is out today! The recent cold snap that swept across the country, leaving many without power around Auckland, has reminded us that winter is well on its way. Our Flu programme is in full swing now with our nurses working flat out vaccinating New Zealand workers. We got off to a great start this year, receiving this years updated vaccination before many other providers.

This year for the first time, TriEx has the ability to offer Nationwide provision for Flu Vaccinations. We are able to do this by expanding our Flu Voucher offering through our partnership with Green Cross Health. You can learn more about our Flu Vouchers at the link below.

As of April 4 the new Asbestos Regulations which were legislated in 2016 have come into full force. This means New Zealand businesses can now be prosecuted for not meeting their legal obligations in regards to asbestos. All businesses, where asbestos is likely to be found, must now have an Asbestos Management plan in place. You can learn more about this at the link below below.

Reducing noise induced hearing loss is a priority for WorkSafe NZ, so this is an area they’re putting a focus on currently. It’s estimated that 30% of New Zealand workers are exposed to excessive noise for at least a quarter of their working day. You can read about this at the link below below.

Lastly, TriEx GM Sarah O’Connell is scheduled to speak at the upcoming Women in Insurance Summit in Auckland this coming July. She’ll be speaking about how to overcome unconscious bias in the workplace. We also have some handy tips to stay well and healthy this winter. More on these at the link below.

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Winter Wellness

The winter months are approaching, and the recent cold snap caught most of the country off guard. As the days get colder and darker, we’re more susceptible to illnesses, and being in close proximity with one another increase the chances of spreading illness. Taking small steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle goes a long way to keeping illness at bay this winter. Below are some examples of how you can do this:

Wash Hands

It seems simple (and perhaps even obvious) but this is one of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid germs and illnesses that you might come into contact with. Wash your hands multiple times a day; after going to the toilet, before eating food, and whenever you handle someone else’s keyboard and phone.

Get Vaccinated against Influenza

Flu shots vaccinate against the 4 most common strains of influenza that’s circulating each season. The flu can be deadly, and vaccinating not only protects yourself but those around you who you could unwittingly pass the flu onto. You can book an onsite vaccination for your workplace with TriEx, or we can issue your team with Flu Vouchers. You can learn more about our Flu programme here.

Keep Exercising

Regular exercise during the winter months can be a struggle, especially on frosty mornings and cold, dark evenings. But during the winter your body has to work harder to get warm, so you’ll burn more calories by exercising in the cold. Regular exercise has also been proven to improve mental health, so you can keep those winter blues at bay.

Eat Well

A poor diet can impact your immune system, so continuing to eat well is important during the winter months. Eat fewer takeaways and more whole foods and home cooked meals.

Dose up on Vitamins and Minerals

Iron, Zinc and Vitamin C are all important for a healthy immune system. You don’t have to take supplements, as you can easily get these substances through your dietary intake. Look for dark, leafy greens and red and yellow vegetables.

Stay hydrated

It’s important to drink plenty or water, at least 8 glasses a day is recommended. If it’s particularly cold, try hot water with lemon to re-hydrate.

Rest up

People who are run down are far more likely to become sick, so make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep each night and you’re well rested.

Quit smoking

Smokers are far more susceptible to upper respiratory infections, especially during the winter. Even if you’re a social smoker, quitting will help clear your airways and reduce your risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

Clean up winter mould

Mould can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions. So move your spring clean forward to autumn.

One of the easiest ways to look after your team this winter is to have them vaccinated against influenza. To learn more about our Flu programme, click here.

Flu Vaccination Nationwide Provision

This year for the first time, TriEx has the ability to offer Nationwide provision for Flu Vaccinations. TriEx has nurses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to administer flu vaccines, but through our partnership with Green Cross Health we have the ability to deliver Flu Vouchers Nationwide.

Flu Vouchers are a great way to have your team vaccinated if they’re spread across multiple locations or are based outside of the above 3 centres. They also suit if you do not meet our minimum number for an on-site visit.

They’re very easy to use and are redeemable at vaccinating Unichem and Life Pharmacy’s across the country. You can find a list of these locations on their website here.

DO YOUR BIT FOR THE EFFORT — BOOK YOUR INFLUENZA VACCINATION TODAY!

Download your booking form now.

If you currently don’t receive our flu vaccination information and would like to be added to our flu database then please contact our flu team flu@triex.co.nz or on 0800 FLU JAB (0800 358 522). 

 

Occupational Hygiene Upskilling

Ian Bensemann and Nashid Khela, TriEx’s two Occupational Hygienists have recently spent a week in Auckland participating in a British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) course on the methods for the measurement and sampling of airborne hazardous substances.

Ian Benesmann
Occupational Hygienist

Nashid Khela
Occupational Hygienist

The course was run at the Whenuapai Air Force base and was made up of theory and practical work.

This course was conducted at a high level equivalent to level 6. Prior experience and knowledge was essential before undertaking this course.

The course was of benefit in that it reaffirmed what Nashid and Ian have been doing by way of Air monitoring, and it provided them with updates regarding techniques, methods, equipment and analysis techniques for different types of samples.

Both Ian and Nashid work with a wide variety of our clients who require their working environment to be monitored for airborne contaminants such as fumes, vapours and dust. The industries that most frequently undertake air monitoring include manufacturing, sawmills, seed processors and bakeries, but there are numerous other companies who use our Occupational Hygiene Services.

To learn how our qualified Occupational Hygiene Team can help you reduce the health risks in your workplace, call us on 0800 487 439 or email enquiries@triex.co.nz 

Training Calendar – April & May 2018

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

We’re past Easter weekend now, however with ANZAC day upon us we still have some Lifesaver specials to take advantage of. These are exactly the same as regular Workplace First Aid courses, just at a lower price of $99 rather than $154. To book a Lifesaver special, click here. You can learn more about this course and book here.

We continue our Psychological First Aid courses, with one course coming up on Thursday April 12, and a second course on May 11. This course is designed to help prepare learners to respond to someone who may be experiencing emotional distress. You can learn more about this course here.

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