World Day for Safety & Health At Work

Sunday April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work which is an initiative of the International Labour Organisations (ILO). It was established to encourage remembrance and reflection on those who have lost their lives or been injured at work.

New Zealand sees 600-900 work-related deaths per year from health exposures, and in 2018 42 people died from work-related incidents.

The President of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) Greg Dearsly has said that this day is another opportunity to put the spotlight on the true extent of work related health and safety incidents in New Zealand.

“Our current statistics do not represent the total problem,” he says. “While all countries report in the same way we should be looking at the wider problem and tackle three areas: workplace safety to protect workers from accidents, workplace health to address long term risks and issues and work related driver safety. Accidents at work grab headlines and sadly our statistics are still high compared to other OECD countries, so we need to continue our strong efforts to reduce them.”

He has also said that we need to put more attention on work health issues. If driving is part of any worker’s role, it should the responsibility of the employer to help them be a safer driver.

As the International Labour Organization (ILO) marks its 100th anniversary, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2019 takes stock of the past hundred years’ efforts to improve occupational safety and health and looks at how changes in the world of work will affect occupational safety and health in the future. View their video below.

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

But what’s not okay is to not to talk to someone. The events in Christchurch last month have affected people in many different ways. “New Zealanders can choose to re inflate their “protective bubbles” as soon as possible after the Christchurch shootings or keep them deflated and “see the world as it really is” — disaster mental health expert Dr Sarb Johal. 

“It will take courage to choose to live in deflated bubbles for longer. But by doing so, Kiwis may be better able to rebuild trust and reshape society.” You can read Dr Sarb Johals full blog post here

After the recent events in Christchurch our teams have been supported by onsite EAP professionals, and employees took this opportunity to talk to someone about how they were feeling. If your business has this available we urge you to promote it within your workplace. 

Our mental health awareness training (Psychological First Aid) has been designed to support the breaking down of the stigmas around mental health, to increase our knowledge and understanding of mental health as a spectrum and to be more accepting and tolerant towards those who might be faced with concerns around their own mental health.

It is developed to also to enable the impact of stress on an individual, the importance of resilience and the impact that has in the workplace. In order for us to break down the stigma around mental health the model has to facilitate sensitivity, openness and honesty in talking and sharing. 

To learn more about our psychological first aid you can contact our team on 0800 487 439 or email

April, May & June Training Calendar

Our latest Training Calendar is out now for April, May & June.

We still have a few spots left on our $99 First Aid special which are running over the next two weeks. The first dates for our Electrical Workers CPR & First Aid are also coming up during May and June.

The 4 day British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) IP402 – Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings course is coming up on Tuesday May 7 to Friday May 10.

Download your copy of the calendar here.

Oral Drug Testing Standard

New Zealand has recently had an oral fluid (saliva) drug testing standard released, AS/NZS 4760:2019. This outlines the procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantification of drugs in oral fluid.

At present NZQA are developing unit standards for this and laboratories will be getting themselves set up and accredited. The drug testing device manufacturers will develop saliva testing devices that meet the cut-off levels below, and certified to the standard. 

The cut-off levels for oral drug screening are:

  • Amphetamines: 50 ng/mL
  • Cannabinoids: 15 ng/mL
  • Cocaine: 50 ng/mL
  • Opiates: 50 ng/mL
  • Oxycodone: 40ng/mL

Oxycodone has been added and benzodiazepines have been removed, when compared to the urine testing standard. The oral fluid standard measures are in nanograms per millilitre (ng/mL), where the urine standard tests are in milligrams per litre (μg/L). This means the cut-off levels between urine and oral fluid are not directly comparable.

We look forward to training our nurses and offering this testing to the new standards when certified courses and products become available. 

Our current urine drug testing is conducted to AS/NZ 4308:2008 by nurses holding NZQA Unit Standards 25458 and 25511. The instant drug screen kit tests for Cannabis, Opiates, Benzodiazepine, Cocaine, Amphetamines and Methamphetamines. An instant Synthetic Cannabinoids test is also available.

For information about our workplace drug testing you can read more here or contact our team on 0800 487 439 or email