Training Calendar – January & February 2018

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

In this issue, we bring you our new Workplace First Aid Lifesaver specials. These are exactly the same as regular Workplace First Aid courses, just at a lower price of $99 rather than $154. With plenty of disruption coming up with the Christmas shut down period, we have a lot of these courses to take advantage of. To book a Lifesaver special, click here.

Our Psychological First Aid course continues, with 3 dates coming up; one in January and two in February. You can learn more about this course and book here.

We also have one Asbestos Awareness for Tradespersons course in February. This is great for people who could potentially come into contact with asbestos during their normal line of work.

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

TriEx are giving to Uplift Project this Christmas

Every year TriEx likes to give back to a worthy cause. This year we are getting involved in the Uplift Project for our Christmas giving.

Uplift Project is an organisation where women in Australia and New Zealand can donate their unwanted bras. For women in disadvantaged communities, a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable. Uplift Project collects new and second hand bras and sends them wherever they have requests.

In many regions, second hand bras are cheap enough, but rarely available. A new bra, if available at all, can cost 10-30 hour’s wages. This puts many women around the world at a significant disadvantage and impacts their quality of life.

Here’s a piece from a report on this situation in the Solomon Islands:

“In the Solomon Islands it is quite difficult to access a comfortable bra. Some of the second hand shops sell bras but mostly women have to buy their bras from the Chinese Trade Stores. These bras have some problems; they come in smaller sizes, are made of nylon and perish quickly in tropical conditions. You cannot buy maternity bras or mastectomy bras in country. For the women to be given free bras is an unbelievable experience for all of them. Women feel a tremendous obligation to meet the needs of their families, and so for any woman in the village to spend money buying a bra for herself can almost be seen as an unforgivable sin. The priority for women’s spending is food and education needs of children.”

– Rose Wale, 2012, Report of Bra Distribution, Solomon Islands.

Since 2005, with help from Intimo and Rotary, Uplift Project has sent over a million bras to 11 Asia Pacific countries, including Fiji, PNG, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Bali, Cambodia, The Kimberley, Vanuatu, Sri Lanka, Botswana and Kiribati. Uplift only sends bras when they have requests from local women’s groups, so as to not create any unnecessary waste for these regions.

If you’d like to be involved, TriEx HQ on 49 Carlyle Street in Christchurch have set up a collection in our reception for you to drop in your unwanted bras, to be collected and sent to the Project who will then send them off to those communities who are in need.

TriEx Newsletter – December 2017

Our final Newsletter for 2017 is out today, and on behalf of everyone at TriEx, we want to wish you and your team a very Merry Christmas. This has been an astounding year for TriEx, with the opening of our second Auckland health clinic in South Auckland, and our first Wellington health clinic in Petone, as well as the launch of Psychological First Aid with much fanfare during Mental Health Awareness week.

In this months update, we have our Christmas closedown dates and what this will mean for you. Due to the disruption the summer period brings we have plenty of Discounted Lifesaver Workplace First Aid specials coming up.

This year we have talked a lot about Mental Health in the workplace and how important it is to speak up about mental wellbeing. This month we have included some information about “The Five Ways to Wellbeing” –  a toolkit from the Mental Health Foundation with resources you can implement in your workplace. We also have five Psychological First Aid courses coming up.

Every year TriEx likes to give back to a worthy cause. This year TriEx are getting involved in the Uplift Project for our Christmas giving. Learn more about what this is and how you can donate in the full newsletter below.

Click here to read the full newsletter. To signup for our future newsletters click here.

Negligent asbestos removal puts others at risk

A small business in Timaru has been fined $10,000 for failing to follow correct asbestos removal procedures. This error of judgement stems from a failure to test the building for asbestos prior to demolition.

This case highlights the importance of having an asbestos survey undertaken by a competent person and implementing an asbestos management plan. WorkSafe are reminding businesses and property owners that a negligent approach to removing asbestos not only puts you at risk but also those around you.

This message comes after Topham Holding Limited was recently sentenced in the Timaru District Court.

During the demolition of an old chicken shed in 2016, Topham Holding’s sole Director removed sheeting which contained asbestos, without first engaging a competent person to ensure the asbestos was removed. The director had ignored advice from WorkSafe a year earlier that the building was likely to contain asbestos and needed to be surveyed, and proceeded to carry out the demolition regardless.

Cheif Inspector of Investigations Keith Steward said: “Topham Holding was aware of the presence of asbestos and was negligent in ignoring the well-known risks of asbestos and our advice about the demolition.”

“No one is exempt from managing the risk of asbestos appropriately. Asbestos management is not a job for a layperson – it is a job for a competent and trained professional. It’s not just about keeping you safe and healthy – but those are you as well”.

Topman Holding Limited was sentenced under the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016, as the company was a PCBU with management or control of a workplace or of a structure and yet failed to ensure as far as reasonably practicable that the asbestos was removed before demolition – a requirement under these regulations.

TriEx can assist you in ensuring you’re meeting your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016. Call us on 0800 4 TriEx (0800 487 439) or email enquiries@triex.co.nz.

Workplace First Aid Lifesaver Special

Our Workplace Lifesaver Specials are a great way to bring your teams First Aid skills up to scratch at a reduced price.

We offer Workplace Lifesaver Specials for numerous reasons, like when there’s a short week due to a public holiday. Whatever the reason, the Lifesaver Special is our Workplace First Aid course at $99, rather than the usual $154.

Lifesaver Specials are exactly the same as our regular Workplace First Aid courses – the same duration of 8 hours, the same content and quality of course delivery, and you get the exact same qualification. Just at a reduced price!

To help ease you back in to 2018 we have a plenty of Lifesaver Specials occurring in January and February, just click on the Book Now link below.

Subscribe to our Training Calendar here so you can be kept up to date with the latest First Aid Training dates, including upcoming Lifesaver specials. To subscribe, sign up for our Newsletter here.

To book yourself a Lifesaver Special, click the book now link below.

Training Calendar – December, January & February

Our latest Training Calendar is out today, which includes upcoming training dates for December, January & February.

In this issue, we bring you our new Workplace First Aid Lifesaver specials. These are exactly the same as regular Workplace First Aid courses, just at a lower price of $99 rather than $154. With plenty of disruption coming up with the Christmas shut down period, we have plenty of these courses to take advantage of. To book a Lifesaver special, click here.

Our Psychological First Aid course continues, with 4 dates coming up; one in December and January and two in February. You can learn more about this course and book here.

We also have both the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) courses coming up in January and February. 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, and the IP405 course is perfect for those who manage a building or estate, which may contain asbestos.

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

TriEx Asbestos Accreditation

TriEx – An internationally accredited asbestos service provider

When businesses select a supplier to fulfil their asbestos inspection needs, they need to be assured and confident that the Inspection Body can supply a technically competent, effective service with consistently reliable results. Assurance of this can be achieved with accreditation and TriEx have successfully gained IANZ accreditation to ISO 17020 for Surveying and Sampling for Asbestos. This allows TriEx, as an asbestos inspection body, to benchmark its work practices against the world’s best practices. This internationally recognized standard evaluates the technical competence of TriEx performing inspection activities and for the impartiality and consistency of our inspection activities.

Our dedication and focus on quality and technical accuracy is the foreground of everything we do, We are dedicated to delivering practical cost effective work place solutions and impartial advice. With your asbestos management in our hands you can focus on your core business interests, confident in the knowledge that you are compliant with your legal obligations and providing a safe built environment for your employee’s and clientele.

Our Asbestos team is lead by our asbestos manager and is supported by our team of experienced surveyors. The team are highly trained and all hold the BOHS IP402 – Surveying and Sampling for Asbestos Qualification, ensuring the results and recommendations in our technical reports are of the highest quality and integrity.

Our wide scope of accreditation now covers the following:

  • Surveying for Identification of potential Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs)
  • Management Surveys (Domestic, Commercial, Industrial)
  • Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys (Domestic, Commercial, Industrial)
  • Bulk Sampling for Verification of Asbestos
  • Evaluation of survey results (including the provision of advice about the management of risks and priority assessment)
  • Re-inspection of identified or suspected asbestos containing materials in surveyed premises

If you would like to learn more about our Asbestos services please contact us on enquiries@triex.co.nz or call us on 0800 4 TRIEX (0800 487 439).

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.

Click here to read the full newsletter. To signup for our future newsletters click here.

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