Heat in the Workplace

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
  • Shielding
  • 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. 

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Workplace Exposure Standards

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 enquiries@triex.co.nz or phone 0800 487 439.

How Healthy Is Your Heart?

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.

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

January 2019 Health, Safety and Wellness Update

Our latest Newsletter is out today. We have information on our 2019 Flu campaign, keeping your heart healthy, and managing stress.

We also have information on heat in the workplace, our comprehensive first aid and asbestos project management.

Read the full stories here.

Asbestos Health Monitoring Changes

WorkSafe have reviewed the components of health monitoring and when health monitoring should be completed for those that work with asbestos.

Health monitoring now no longer requires a chest X-ray to be taken either as baseline or for monitoring purposes. The emphasis for these medicals unless a Medical Practitioner recommends otherwise, must include demographic, medical and occupational history as well as spirometry measurements. Personal exposure including any relevant risk assessments and air monitoring carried out by the PCBU will be part of the full asbestos medical.

The frequency of these assessments has now changed to 2 yearly from work starting with asbestos, regardless of when an individual starts working for a PCBU.

Clients complete an asbestos respiratory questionnaire which investigates their previous and current potential exposure to asbestos and any relevant medical history. Spirometry is completed. Education is then given regarding respiratory protection.

A spirometry, or lung function test, looks at the following:

> Interprets how well the lungs are performing.
> Measures FEV1 – forced expiratory volume – the amount of air you can blow (huff) out in 1 second
> Measures FVC – forced vital capacity – the largest amount of air you can blow (huff) out after a large inhalation of air
> Identify employees at risk from hazardous air contaminants in the workplace

What’s involved?

Employees undergo a 30 minute appointment at our TriEx Health Clinics.

The Appointments include:

> Assessment of the employees past and present air contaminant history (includes recreational)
> Full Spirometry test
> Asbestos exposure and history questionnaire
> Chest X-Ray if recommended by Occupational Health Physician – referral is organised by TriEx
> Explanation of the results to the employee
> Education on responsibility to protect
> All test results are reviewed by an Occupational Health Physician
> Individual Reports are sent to the Company
> All documents including test results with information on asbestos are sent to the individual

To find out more please contact our health team on 0800 487 439 or email enquiries@triex.co.nz 

Breathe Better September 2018

Breathe Better September is a national campaign to raise awareness of respiratory conditions in New Zealand. The campaign encourages all Kiwis to show their support for better breathing and healthy lungs and to start thinking about how they can improve their respiratory health.

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge across the globe. It takes work to prevent suicide, which is why this year’s theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”.

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Learn about mental health with Psychological First Aid

Do you ever feel that life is a little bit of a struggle? Are there people around you that you wish you could offer more support to?

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Training Calendar August & September 2018

Our latest Training Calendar is out today, which includes upcoming training dates for August & September.

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World Hepatitis Day 2018

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. Worldwide 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis and are unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer.

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