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 enquiries@triex.co.nz

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 enquiries@triex.co.nz

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

February 2019 Health, Safety and Wellness Update

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. 

Read the full stories here.

Influenza is Risky Business

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.

February & March Training Calendar

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.