March Newsletter

Our March newsletter is out today. It has been a challenging and emotional month here in Christchurch and indeed all across Aotearoa.

For workplaces one way we can look after our people is by protecting their health. At this time of the year this often means guarding them from contracting the Flu. Our Flu Vaccination programme began on March 18 in Christchurch and the rest of the country will be vaccinating from Monday.

In this update we have all the information you need to book your workplace flu vaccinations including a link to our online booking request form. We also look at the mental health of our employees ensuring that it is a top priority at this time and we have included information on the 1737 support service.

In addition the new oral fluid drug testing standard was released this month and we have information on this as well as information on our relaunched Electrical Workers first aid course. 

Take care over the coming weeks — ensuring we are all kind, understanding and tolerant. Read the newsletter here.

March, April & May Training Calendar

Our latest Training Calendar is out now for March, April and May.

We have relaunched our Electrical Workers CPR & First Aid – a 2 hour hands-on course which is designed to ensure your team and workplace is safety compliant and meets the requirements of the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

Our 8 hour workplace first aid course is now available on Saturdays – a perfect time to update your skills away from the busy work week.

Download your copy of the calendar here.

First Aid Testimonial

An “Enjoyable & Informative” Course

We pride ourselves on the quality of our First Aid training and of our trainers. We want attendees to learn lifesaving skills but in a fun and memorable way.

We love receiving feedback from our First Aid training course attendees. A recent attendee Janine was very keen to share her thoughts on her first time at a First Aid course in January:

Our range of training courses has been expanding with the recent addition of our 12 hour comprehensive training, and our re-launched Electrical Workers refresher course. You can now complete your First Aid Training during the weekend with the introduction of monthly Saturday courses which began on March 2nd. Our next course will be on Saturday April 6.

To learn more about first aid training for your business at our place or yours, you can contact our first aid team on 0800 487 439 or email enquiries@triex.co.nz

How’s Your Hearing?

Did you know: 

  • More than 880,000 New Zealanders are living with hearing loss
  • 30% of all hearing loss is preventable
  • 16-37% of hearing loss globally is attributed to occupational noise or Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).

Hearing Awareness Week runs from Sunday March 3rd to Saturday March 9th — a good time to consider the health of you and your teams hearing. Hearing tests are mandatory if your workplace has noise levels exceeding the equivalent of 85dB(A) for a period of 8 hours. The National Foundation for the Deaf is behind Silent March – a fundraising initiative that your workplace can get behind. Click here to learn more

Our occupational health team offer hearing tests to support you in meeting your legal obligations, as well as looking after the health of your team. It is recommended that hearing tests be carried out annually to comply with the Approved Code of Practice for the Management of Noise in the Workplace. 

What is involved?

Employees undergo a 15 minute hearing test usually at your premises (or TriEx premises by arrangement). TriEx will take care of all future test scheduling and ensure that consents are obtained for a full statistical and informative report on results to be released to management.

Hearing tests include:

  • Assessment of the employees past and present noise history (includes recreational)
  • A physical assessment of the ear to look for medical cause
  • Pure tone audiometry over eight frequencies in both ears
  • Explanation of the results to the employee
  • Education on responsibility to protect
  • Assessment of their hearing protection to comply with your annual audit of PPE

The noise output of your workplace should also be monitored every 5 years — or sooner if plant and equipment is purchased or modified. Our Occupational Hygienists can also assist you with carrying out a workplace noise assessment.

To learn more about our occupational health services you can contact our team on 0800 487 439 or email enquiries@triex.co.nz