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.

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.

Managing Workplace Stress

Resources

The Mental Health Foundation is calling for 2019 to be the year that workplace stress is taken seriously. Results of a survey they carried out show that high workloads, poor work/life balance and stressful work are the top three causes of poor mental health at work. 

Mental Health Foundation chief Executive Shaun Robinson says “How we feel at work impacts not just our ability to work well, but our relationships with our colleagues, whānau, friends and communities. When our mental health is impacted by stress at work, the effects ripple out into our home and whānau lives and prevent us from flourishing.”

They have developed a free resource Minimising and managing work place stress which is designed to help workplaces tackle stress head-on and forms part of their Working Well resources. It is designed to support understanding around workplace stress, including how work impacts stress, how stress impacts individuals and what works to minimise and manage stress.

Good mental health leads to better engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher productivity, while also improving wellbeing, morale and job satisfaction. 

The resources are all available for free from the Mental Health Foundation here. 

First Aid Unit Standard Changes

With the 26551 and 26552 Unit Standards expiring at the end of this year, TriEx have proactively moved our First Aid Training to align to the amended 6400 series unit standards.

All of our 8 hour Workplace First Aid courses now cover Unit Standards 6402 and 6401 (Level 2) and attendees can choose to have the Unit Standards registered with NZQA on the day.

Our 12 hour Comprehensive First Aid course is available as a public or private course, completing 64026041 and 6400 over two days.

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