In this months update we have all the information you need to book your workplace flu vaccinations, which this year includes an easy to use online booking request form. With Hearing Awareness Week coming up next week we have information on hearing health, how TriEx can support you and how to sign up for Silent March. We also congratulate Professor Bill Glass on being awarded Senior New Zealander of the Year, as well as an update on our First Aid training courses including some great feedback we received from a nervous attendee.
Influenza is risky for you and your business. Our 2019 flu vaccination season is beginning in late March, and our flu packs have been sent out. Our flu packs include a booking form, poster and brochure with pricing and flu facts. This year we have an online booking form for ease of booking, however we still have our traditional form available as well. If you do not receive our flu information and want to have this posted out to you, please email us here.
The Quadrivalent flu vaccine is now standard and has been updated for 2019. This vaccine offers protection against 4 strains of the flu virus including 2 new strains for this season. These strains are:
- A/Michigan/45/2015-like virus
- A/Switzerland/8060/2017-like virus (New)
- B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (New)
- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus
TriEx can also provide you with nationwide flu vaccination vouchers for ease and flexibility for those employees not available on vaccination day, for remote employees, or if you do not meet our minimum number for an on-site visit. These vouchers can be redeemed at vaccinating Unichem or Life Pharmacies throughout New Zealand.
To learn more about our flu vaccination programme, or to register your interest for 2019 visit our flu page here.
Our latest Training Calendar is out now for February and March.
Our 12 Hour Comprehensive First Aid (CF) is now available as a public course over 2 days, covering Unit Standards 6402, 6401 and 6400.
If you have previously completed Unit Standards 6402 and 6401 within the past 3 months, you can sit the 4 hour Unit Standard 6400 (CF+) which TriEx runs monthly.
Download your copy of the calendar here.
We are into the last month of what is officially summer, however the hot weather is still going strong and it is important to remain vigilant around the risks when working in heat.
The safe working temperature is not based on air temperature alone. Factors to consider in regards to heat also include humidity, radiant heat (the heat emitted from an object or surface), physical activity and clothing.
Minimising the risk of harm for extreme temperatures can include isolation and engineering controls including:
- Ventilation and air conditioning
- Process modification
- Heat reduction
If you are working outdoors it is always important to cover up, apply a high SPF sunblock, and to stay hydrated.
WorkSafe NZ released the updated Workplace Exposure Standards (WES) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEI) – Edition 10 November 2018 – late last year. These new standards are available for download here.
After consultation and review earlier last year there have been changes to 15 Work Exposure Standards and 17 biological exposure indices and these are highlighted in the preface.
An in depth explanation of what these are and their importance is available on the WorkSafe website here.
For any enquiries about biological exposure monitoring of your employees or environmental monitoring of your workplace please contact our team on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 487 439.
The Mental Health Foundation is calling for 2019 to be the year that workplace stress is taken seriously. Results of a survey they carried out show that high workloads, poor work/life balance and stressful work are the top three causes of poor mental health at work.
Mental Health Foundation chief Executive Shaun Robinson says “How we feel at work impacts not just our ability to work well, but our relationships with our colleagues, whānau, friends and communities. When our mental health is impacted by stress at work, the effects ripple out into our home and whānau lives and prevent us from flourishing.”
They have developed a free resource Minimising and managing work place stress which is designed to help workplaces tackle stress head-on and forms part of their Working Well resources. It is designed to support understanding around workplace stress, including how work impacts stress, how stress impacts individuals and what works to minimise and manage stress.
Good mental health leads to better engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher productivity, while also improving wellbeing, morale and job satisfaction.
The resources are all available for free from the Mental Health Foundation here.
With the 26551 and 26552 Unit Standards expiring at the end of this year, TriEx have proactively moved our First Aid Training to align to the amended 6400 series unit standards.
All of our 8 hour Workplace First Aid courses now cover Unit Standards 6402 and 6401 (Level 2) and attendees can choose to have the Unit Standards registered with NZQA on the day.
Our 12 hour Comprehensive First Aid course is available as a public or private course, completing 6402, 6041 and 6400 over two days.
Have you found your work week is too busy but you or your team still need to complete a First Aid course? TriEx have just launched Saturday 8 Hour Workplace First Aid courses which we will run once per month.
Our first course is coming up on Saturday March 2nd, with another on Saturday April 6th. These courses are at the same price of $154 incl GST, and are held at our Christchurch office in Addington.
To register just visit our booking site here and choose show me more dates to browse all available courses.
February is Heart Health Month. A time to take a look at your health and the health of your heart.
Did you know:
- 186,000 people are living with heart disease – that’s 1 in 20 adults!
- 33% of deaths annually are caused by cardiovascular disease
- Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease.
The Heart Foundation has heaps of great information on healthy living over on their website including healthy recipes, how to choose healthy food options and great exercise tips – just follow this link.
Keep your eyes peeled for their collectors on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 February, or donate today on their website.
TriEx can carry out Wellness assessments for your team. These assessments are a screening guide that enables you to adopt a targeted approach in identifying your health and wellness needs. These one on one assessments provide cardiovascular risk assessments of factors including blood pressure checks, cholesterol and glucose and the nurses providing advice on healthy living.