TriEx Newsletter – November 2017

Our November Newsletter is out now, and this week it is Melanoma Awareness Week. We’re heading into summer so it’s important to keep in mind the risks associated with sun exposure. We’ve got some tips to stay sun smart, and to keep yourself aware of Melanoma.

We’ve got a lot of discounted First Aid courses coming up. December, January and February bring with them a lot of disruption for most businesses, so we’re running some $99 TrainMe First Aid Specials. Click the link below to see what dates we have available.

We’ve run two Psychological First Aid courses since our launch during Mental Health Awareness week, and the feedback we’ve received has been fantastic. We recently received a glowing testimonial which is worth a read if you’ve been considering this course.

A recent report released by WorkSafe has shown that the Canterbury Rebuild Programme has met all it’s short and medium term health & safety goals, including zero fatalities since 2013. You can read the full report from the newsletter link below.

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Asbestos Training – BOHS

TriEx Health, Safety & Wellness Ltd have international accreditation from the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), to deliver internationally recognised asbestos surveying, and asbestos management qualifications throughout New Zealand.

BOHS asbestos qualifications are currently the only asbestos surveying and management qualifications available in New Zealand.

We offer two BOHS Courses: the IP402 – Surveying & Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings, and the IP405 – Management of Asbestos in Buildings.

The IP402 – Surveying & Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings course provides a range of theory and practical knowledge for those wishing to qualify as an asbestos building surveyor, and undertake asbestos surveys.

Candidates will receive training in the nature of asbestos and its associated health effects and a detailed review of the various products that contain asbestos. The course will cover the theory and practical aspects of planning and undertaking asbestos surveys in buildings of various types, the safe and representative sampling of all types of asbestos materials.

Delegates will be trained to produce reports in incorporating material and priority risk assessments and make appropriate remedial recommendations to their clients.

The IP405 – Management of Asbestos in Buildings course is designed to offer candidates the practical knowledge and skills to be able to manage asbestos in buildings and give a knowledge base to audit asbestos removal projects. The course is particularly useful for those that are responsible for managing asbestos in a building or property, and who have no real experience within the asbestos industry.

The course covers the basics of surveying of buildings for the presence of asbestos, bulk sampling and general guidance on management procedures necessary to minimise exposure to identified asbestos.

In addition to classroom based tutorials, delegates undergo practical assessments and role playing which helps combine all aspects of the course and helps give the candidate an overview of the situations that they may experience on site.

Our upcoming BOHS Courses are:
BOHS IP402: 27th – 30th November
BOHS IP405: 4th – 8th December
BOHS IP402: 29th January – 1st February
BOHS IP405: 26th February – 2nd March

Click here to read more and to book your spot, or contact TriEx on 0800 4 TRIEX (0800 487 439).

Are you ready for April 4 2018?

What is an Asbestos Management plan?

The asbestos management plan identifies the risks posed by the asbestos present in your property and sets out procedures to control them. It is a regulatory requirement under regulation 13 of the ‘Health & Safety at Work (asbestos) Regulations 2016’, that utilizes the data accumulated from asbestos surveys to manage asbestos risk.

An asbestos management plan will typically include:

  • Policies and procedures for emergencies, refurbishments, day-to-day operations and for less usual work or tasks
  • Key asbestos information‚ usually from an asbestos survey
  • Risk assessments of each occurrence of asbestos
  • Action plan
  • Monitoring & re-inspection regimes
  • Training requirements
  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Dissemination of information
  • Duties of the Asbestos Coordinator

The arrangements within the plan should be reviewed periodically. If you are unsure of where your company stands regarding compliance, you can opt for a desktop study that will clearly identify any gaps, if they exist, and offer a step-by-step guide to compliance.

With a comprehensive understanding of your needs, we will produce a tailored asbestos management plan and implement your own policies that will help you to manage the asbestos within your premises compliantly, proportionately to the risk and in accordance with current regulations.

In addition, we offer an implementation meeting to aid the initial setup of the processes involved in the management of asbestos materials. We also offer reviews of your management plan on a six-monthly basis to ensure your on-going compliance with legislation.

To find out how TriEx can help you meet your obligations email us at enquiries@triex.co.nz, or phone 0800 487 439

Training Calendar – November & December 2017

Our November & December Training Calendar is out today.

Our new Psychological First Aid course launched last month during Mental Health Awareness week. We’re running 3 courses currently, two in November and one in December for you to choose from. This course is about Mental Health Awareness, Response & Support, and is a 4 hour course designed to help prepare learners to respond to a person who may be experiencing emotional distress in the workplace. You can learn more about this course and book here.

November has a short week with Canterbury Show Day on the 17th, so we’ve scheduled two Workplace First Aid TrainMe Specials during both of those weeks. These courses are at a discounted price of $99, a saving of $55.

We have two British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) courses coming up in November and December. These are the 4-day BOHS IP402 course: Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Building, and the 5-day BOHS IP405 course: Management of Asbestos in Buildings. The IP402 course is ideal for those who want to qualify as an asbestos building surveyor and will provide a range of theory and practical knowledge.

We also have two regular Asbestos courses; an Asbestos Awareness for Tradespersons course in November & December, plus an Asbestos Awareness for Managers course in early November.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.

TriEx Newsletter – October 2017

Our October Newsletter is out now, and this month we’ve put a focus on how you can take advantage of the downtime in the new year. This time can be a challenge as we transition from holiday mode to work mode, and January and February can be a quieter time for many businesses. This is a great opportunity to focus on team development, training and wellbeing, so we’ve included some information on our Group First Aid Courses, Ergonomic and Wellness Assessments that you can take advantage of during this period.

Earlier in October, we had Mental Health Awareness week, so along with the launch of Psychological First Aid, we had the TriEx Great Wall of Gratitude. You can read about what we did at the link below.

Our First Psychological First Aid course was a huge success, and we even had some attention from the 1 News team. You can read about this at the link below, or click here to see our 1 News bulletin.

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Psychological First Aid on 1 News

Our fantastic First Aid trainers were on 1 News last night, showcasing our brand new Psychological First Aid course.

“Every business should be doing this”

Last week was Mental Health Awareness week, and on Friday we launched our first Psychological First Aid course. The feedback from attendees was fantastic, and 1 News wanted to get the scoop! We’re extremely proud of this new product, and we believe this will be a great addition to our workplace services.

“I guarantee that most people would walk past someone that had a mental illness, I’ve avoided it for a long time,” course trainee Bruce Gray said.

Course instructor Rick Eisenhart says “If somebody needs help, we’re going to help. So why can’t we do this for somebody that has hurt on the inside?

“We’re not going to fix the world, we’re just going to make it a warmer place”

Psychological First Aid is a 4 hour course designed to help prepare learners to respond to a person who may be experiencing emotional distress in the workplace. Mental Illness is common, with 1 in 5 New Zealanders experiencing some form of mental distress during their lifetime.

This course is designed to give a platform for discussion to help break down stigmas around psychological distress and mental health.

To book a public course, head to our booking site. For group courses or to learn more about Psychological First Aid, call us on 0800 487 439 or email enquiries@triex.co.nz.

Training Calendar – October & November 2017

Our October & November Training Calendar is out today.

Our brand new Psychological First Aid course is here now, which we’re launching on Friday the 13th of October during Mental Health Awareness week. We’re running 3 courses, one in October and two in November for you to choose from. This course is about Mental Health Awareness, Response & Support, and is a 4 hour course designed to help prepare learners to respond to a person who may be experiencing emotional distress in the workplace. You can learn more about this course and book here.

October brings us a short week with Labour Day on the 23rd, and November has a short week with Canterbury Show Day on the 17th, so we’ve scheduled two Workplace First Aid TrainMe Specials during both of those weeks. These courses are at a discounted price of $99, a saving of $55.

We have two British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) courses coming up in October and November. This is the 4-day BOHS IP402 course: Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Building. The IP402 course is ideal for those who want to qualify as an asbestos building surveyor and will provide a range of theory and practical knowledge.

We also have three regular Asbestos courses; an Asbestos Awareness for Tradespersons course in October and November, plus an Asbestos Awareness for Managers course in early November.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.

TriEx Newsletter – September 2017

Our September Newsletter is out now, and after much fanfare our Psychological First Aid course is ready for the market. You can read about what’s included in this course and how your workplace will benefit. Psychological First Aid Courses are now live and start in October during Mental Health Awareness week, so you can now make your booking for this course.

Currently WorkSafe is actively encouraging employers to undertake workplace monitoring to assess the environment that their employees are working in, with a current focus on Noise. You can read more about our workplace noise assessments in the newsletter.

This years Stroke Awareness Week is focusing on Blood Pressure. We have some information on what a stroke is and how to spot one, and information on how TriEx can work with you to maintain a healthy and productive workforce.

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Monitoring Noise Exposure

Are you monitoring the noise exposures in you workplace?

WorkSafe NZ is actively encouraging employers to undertake workplace monitoring to assess the environment that their employees are working in. Such assessments may include noise, dust, chemical exposure, lighting levels or exposure to moulds and fungi.

If you have already taken steps to monitor the hearing of your employees by carrying out annual hearing tests, that is great news – however this is only part of the process.

Noise exposure monitoring is required under the Health and Safety at Work Act, General Risk and Workplace Management (GRWM) regulations. It is a requirement that a workplace noise assessment or survey is completed every 5 years or if any new equipment has been installed or if any equipment has been withdrawn from use.

Constant exposure to noise from tools and machinery can put your workers at risk of permanent hearing damage. Loud machinery and work tools can cause harm to your workers’ hearing. As well as impact noises such as those from sudden loud noises, heavy loads being dropped, or heavy hammering.

If you find you have to raise your voice to have a normal conversation when standing around a metre apart, for at least part of the day, then noise levels on the site could be damaging hearing. If at the end of the day you notice that your hearing is muffled or your ears are ringing then noise levels could also be too high.

The best way to prevent hearing loss is to reduce your and your employees exposure to excessive noise. This can be done by quietening the source of the noise, stopping noise from reaching people, reducing the time people are exposed (i.e. eliminate, substitute or isolate) and by wearing the correct type of personal hearing protection.

The noise monitoring required under the GRWM regulations must be carried out by or under the supervision of a competent person who has sufficient knowledge, skills and experience in the appropriate techniques and procedures including the interpretation of the results. The TriEx Occupational Hygiene team can assist you with all of this.

Our Occupational Hygienists are well experienced and are trained in conducting, interpreting and providing recommendations following workplace noise assessments.

Workplace noise assessments include the identification of noise sources, the assessment of employee noise exposures, advice on administrative and PPE controls and recommendations for engineering and longer term controls. Advice is also provided as to what level of hearing protection is required and the type of hearing protection device best suits the working environment.

To ensure your hearing and the hearing of your employees is not being effected by a noise created in the work environment contact the TriEx Occupational Hygiene team on 0800 487 439 or email occhygiene@triex.co.nz today to discuss how we can help.

Training Calendar – September & October

Our September & October Training Calendar is out today.

October brings us a short week with Labour Day on the 23rd, so we’ve scheduled two Workplace First Aid TrainMe Specials for that week. These courses are at a discounted price of $99, a saving of $55.

Later in October we also have two British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) courses. We have the 4-day BOHS IP402 course: Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Building, plus a new 5-day BOHS IP405 course: Managment of Asbestos in Buildings.

The IP402 course is ideal for those who want to qualify as an asbestos building surveyor and will provide a range of theory and practical knowledge. The IP405 course is an ideal course for people responsible for managing asbestos in a building or estate, who have no real experience within the asbestos industry.

We also have two regular Asbestos courses; an Asbestos Awareness and Sampling Techniques course in September, and an Asbestos Awareness for Tradespersons course in October.

Keep an eye out for our Psychological First Aid courses which are due to start in the next few months. This will be a new offering for the TriEx First Aid team which you can read more about here.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.