First Aid Tip — Choking Awareness

Break out the BBQ and fairy lights it’s Cup Week! (then Christmas)

With spring underway, and summer hot on our heels, we might make use of the great weather and dust off the BBQ tongs. It’s silly season, with lots of laughing, eating and drinking, so be careful not to choke!

There are two types of choking, and it is important for us to differentiate between them:

  1. A partial airway obstruction is where the victim can still cough, breathe and speak. Encourage them to cough and keep monitoring their breathing, call 111 if you are concerned about their breathing or if the coughing does not dislodge the object.
  2. A full airway obstruction is where your victim cannot make any sound, cannot breathe or talk. Follow these steps to help someone with a full airway obstruction:
  • Call 111 immediately.
  • Stand at right angles to them, hold their shoulder and deliver up to five back blows with the heel of your hand, between the shoulder blades.

If the back blows are unsuccessful there is a lot more that you can do.

Stand behind the victim, place the thumb side of your fist in the middle of their chest. Place your other hand on top of your fist and deliver up to 5 chest thrusts, pulling straight back towards you.

Complete this cycle until the object is released or until the victim becomes unconscious. If they do become unconscious, start your DRSABCD process. Prevention is better than cure, so remember to chew your food. Children can choke on food easily due to their biting, chewing and food-grinding skills still being developed.


To reduce the risk of choking on foods you can:

  • alter the food texture – grate, cook, finely chop or mash the food.
  • remove the high risk parts of the food – peel off the skin, or remove the strong fibres.
  • avoid giving small hard foods, such as whole nuts and large seeds, until children are at least five years old.

To learn more about choking and how to save a life — book a first aid course with us today! Click here to view our range of refresher and 8hr first aid course dates. Or for group bookings please contact

Fatigue Management info/HASANZ Conference update

HASANZ Conference Update

In September, some of our team members attended the HASANZ conference. Steph Hembury, our Safety Advisor, was very impressed with the event and has the following Fatigue Management information to share:

One of the many highlights of the HASANZ Conference was the presentation on Fatigue Risk Management that Dr Drew Dawson (Director of the Appleton Institute in Adelaide) gave. He presented an overview of some of the best ways to manage workplace fatigue, exploring where the line should be drawn between personal and corporate responsibilities.

Fatigue Management

It’s only recently that we’ve begun to understand the risk posed by fatigue in the workplace and Dr Drew Dawson (Director of the Appleton Institute in Adelaide) gave a presentation at the recent HASANZ Conference in Wellington on some of the best ways to manage workplace fatigue, exploring where the line should be drawn between personal and corporate responsibilities.

Some of the key take away points of use for both PCBU’s and Workers are highlighted below.

Fatigue Management involves:

  • Policies/responsibilities
  • Risk assessment
  • Hazard control/action plans
  • Training and education
  • Ongoing review and improvement

Joint Responsibility for Fatigue

Because work-related causes of fatigue are largely under the control of the organisation and non-work related factors are controlled by individual employees, both have a responsibility for managing fatigue.


Download more information here which shows in detail how you can manage fatigue at your workplace


TriEx Newsletter – September 2016

Our September newsletter is out now, with lots of great information, including a profile on our new health manager, spring first aid tips, and info on a free Health & Safety in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workplace seminar. Click here to read more.

Training Calendar – Aug & Sep 2016

We have lots of first aid training on offer – check out our current training calendar here!

TriEx Newsletter – July 2016

Please click here if you would like to read our July newsletter. This month we talk about drug and alcohol testing information, first aid specials, pre-purchase asbestos inspections and much more.

TriEx Newsletter – June 2016

Our June newsletter is out and includes helpful information about our asbestos services, winter wellness in the workplace and more. Click here to read

TriEx Newsletter – April 2016

Our April newsletter is full of helpful information about the new H&S at Work Act  – you can read it here

Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA)

Today marks the day that New Zealand’s health & safety laws are changing for the better – for everyone.
We’ll be bringing you helpful & important information about the new Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) throughout this month. In the mean time, WorkSafe NZ has a great section on their website about Understanding HSWA – you can view it here

TriEx February Newsletter

Our first newsletter for 2016 is out! If you would like to read our February newsletter full of information about our new Asbestos Awareness Training Course, Flu Vaccinations available in both Auckland and Christchurch and MUCH more, please click here

Asbestos Awareness Training — new to TriEx

TriEx are excited to now be offering Asbestos Awareness Training. Read all about it here