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A guide to developing safety management systems for the extractives industry

This guide was developed to help small operations prepare a Safety Management System (SMS) for their business.

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A principal's guide to contracting to meet the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

The guide sets out a broad process for building health and safety into contract management, which can then be adapted to specific contractual situations or industries. It was developed in response to submissions received by the 2007 Quality Regulation review.

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Local Exhaust Ventilation - quick guide

This guidance is for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs). It explains some factors to consider when selecting, using and maintaining a local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system.

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Above Ground Fuel Storage on Farms

This good practice guide will help farmers comply with the health, safety and environmental laws for above ground fuel storage.

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Noise in the workplace - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

The principal objective of the legislation and this code of practice is to reduce the incidence and severity of hearing loss resulting from excessive noise exposure in workplaces. The most effective and reliable way to prevent and control this significant hazard is to eliminate, or at least quieten the sources of noise to which employees are exposed.

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Arboriculture - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for safety and health in arboriculture.

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Boilers - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the design, safe operation, maintenance and servicing of boilers.

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Cranes - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for cranes. Includes the design, manufacture, supply, safe operation, maintenance and inspection of cranes.

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Excavation and shafts for foundations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

This ACOP has been revoked and has been superseded by the Excavation Safety good practice guidelines.

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Fire and explosion in New Zealand dairy industry spray drying plant - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the prevention, detection and control of fire and explosion in New Zealand dairy industry spray drying plant.

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Forest operations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for safety and health in forest operations.

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Forklifts - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for training operators and instructors of powered industrial lift trucks (forklifts).

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Isocyanates - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the safe use of Isocyanates

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Rigging - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for load-lifting

This Approved Code of Practice provides recommendations and procedures for safe practice while carrying out lifting and rigging work in industry.

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Managing hazards to prevent major industrial accidents - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for managing hazards to prevent major industrial accidents.

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Hazardous substances - Management of substances hazardous to health in the place of work - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) or the management of substances hazardous to health in the place of work.

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Operator protective structures on self-propelled mobile mechanical plant - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

This approved code of practice provides best practice measures for employers to consider when managing mechanical plant roll over hazards in a way that meets the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Act and Regulations.

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Paint, printing inks and resins - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Details precautions to be taken with the range of solvents and chemical additives used in the manufacture of paints, printing inks and resins. Also included is information on general work methods and the health monitoring of employees.

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Passenger ropeways in New Zealand - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for passenger ropeways in New Zealand. 1998 Edition, Incorporating Amendment 1.

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Photoengraving and lithographic processes - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for safety in photoengraving and lithographic processes. Gives occupational safety and health standards for the industry and describes acceptable means of achieving them.

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Powder-actuated hand-held fastening tools - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

This code of practice has been published to assist in realising the aim of better provision for safety by providing recommendations and procedures for the safe use and maintenance of powder-actuated fastening tools. It is recommended for all employees who have to use a powder-actuated tool in the course of their work.

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Power-operated elevating work platforms - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

The Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for Power-Operated Elevating Work Platforms has been revoked.

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Pre-cast concrete - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

The purpose of this approved code of practice is to provide practical guidance and set minimum standards for the safe handling, transportation and erection of precast concrete elements.

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Pressure equipment (excluding boilers) - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

This approved code of practice applies to all pressure equipment covered by the PECPR Regulations except boilers and hot water boilers. Where reference is made to boilers it has been done to ensure consistency with those parts of the regulations covering pressure equipment. It specifies requirements for materials, design, manufacture, installation, repairs, alteration, maintenance, servicing, inspection, commissioning, testing and operation. Information on personnel safety has been included in appendix N.

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Roll over protective structures on tractors in agricultural operations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for roll over protective structures on tractors in agricultural operations.

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Sulphur fires and explosions - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the prevention of sulphur fires and explosions

The purpose of the this code of practice is to establish reasonable safety and health protection requirements to eliminate or reduce the hazards of explosion and fire inherent in the processing and handling of sulphur, and mixtures containing sulphur, thereby protecting the safety of employees involved. The code is primarily concerned with the hazards arising from the processing of solid sulphur, but also considers the major risks associated with handling sulphur in liquid form.

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Tree work - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) Part 2 Maintenance of trees around power lines

This ACOP describes recognised and preferred work practices for work on trees near power lines and sets out the minimum standards of safety and safe work methods.

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River and stream operations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for health and safety in tree work (Part 3)

This code applies to those involved in tree work in rivers and streams carried out by local authorities under the Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941 and the Land Drainage Act 1908.

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Adventure activities regulations - Guidance for operators

Our guidance for adventure activity operators provides detailed information on the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011.

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New and expectant mothers at work - Advice

This leaflet summarises what you need to know if you are a new or expectant mother. See also the guidelines titled 'New and Expectant Mothers at Work - Guidelines for Health and Safety'

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Advice for working with sewage-contaminated silt and soil

In natural disaster situations, widespread deposits of liquefacted silt may spread over a wide area. It is quite likely that soil, silt or liquefied material could be contaminated with sewage and/or stormwater, if underground services rupture. It will not be easy to determine if such contamination has occurred.

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1080 - Aerial 1080 pest control industry guidelines

The National Pest Control Agencies (NPCA) have produced a best practice guideline to assist those who plan and manage aerial 1080 operations to understand and manage the critical risks in undertaking aerial 1080 operations and to ensure regulatory compliance. It has been endorsed as a statement of preferred work practices and arrangements for ensuring the health and safety of the persons to whom this guideline applies.

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Aftermath - How the lives of fifteen ordinary New Zealanders have been affected by workplace injury and illness

A booklet that presents, in a shortened form, the case histories featured in the study and concentrates on the human and personal dimension, omitting the detailed social and economic analyses of the full report.

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Aftermath - The social and economic consequences of workplace injury and illness

The stories in this study tell us about the sometimes horrific human impact of minor slip-ups. They are at times harrowing, with expressions of grief and loss that cannot but move the reader. They are also at times full of hope, courage and determination, as those harmed, their families and workplaces express how they struggled to overcome the severe consequences that the injury or illness wreaked on their lives.

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Agrichemicals - The management of agrichemicals (NZS8409:2004)

Provides practical and specific guidance on the safe, responsible and effective management of agrichemicals, including plant protection products (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides), veterinary medicines, fumigants used in rural situations and agricultural use of detergents and sanitizers. The main changes are due to the application of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Regulations.

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Agricuture fact sheets

Fact sheets listed on Safer Farms website

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Air Quality in the Extractives Industry (ACOP)

This approved code of practice sets out WorkSafe’s expectations for managing emergencies in mining and tunnelling operations.

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Hazard Alert - Finger crushed between A-frame and concrete panel

In September 2005, a worker lost the top of a finger when it was crushed between a precast concrete panel and a steel A-frame.

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Amusement devices - A guide for owners and operators

ARCHIVE - This booklet covers the requirements and duties placed on owners and operators of amusement devices under the Amusement Devices Regulations 1978. It is intended to be read in conjunction with the Regulations and the Machinery Act 1950.

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Aquaculture industry (diving) best practice guidelines

The aim of this best practice guideline is to assist divers employed in the aquaculture industry and their employers to manage the health and safety risks associated with diving. The guideline details preferred work practices and standards for aquaculture divers involved in snorkelling, SCUBA and SSBA (surface supplied breathing apparatus).

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Are you complying with your duty as a hirer, seller and supplier of plant?

As a hirer, seller or supplier of plant you have duties under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (the Act) and the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995.

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Asbestos handy hints

Asbestos handy hints information sheets

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Asbestos - Management and Removal of Asbestos - Approved Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos sets out WorkSafe New Zealand’s expectations in relation to identifying and controlling the work health and safety risks arising from asbestos.

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Asbestos Registers - National - Annual Reports

Asbestos and other Occupational Lung Diseases in New Zealand 1992-2012 - Annual Reports. These reports review notifications of asbestos-related and other occupational lung diseases made to the National Asbestos Medical Panel.

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Asthma - A guide to the management of occupational

This booklet is aimed at providing general practitioners and other primary health care practitioners with diagnostic information and practical solutions. It is not intended as a text book but as a concise and practical aid.

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Be safe working on roofs

Everyone is responsible for preventing falls when working on a roof – the principal, the self-employed contractor and subcontractor, the employer and the worker. Health and safety in the workplace starts when the decision is made to go ahead with a construction job. All aspects of working safely at height should be considered.

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Demolition - Best practice guidelines for demolition in New Zealand

These guidelines have been prepared by the New Zealand Demolition and Asbestos Association (NZDAA) to inform employers, employees and others with duties under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 about the precautions and safe practices that should be followed when carrying out demolition work.

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Horticulture industry - Best practice guidelines for elevated work platforms

These guidelines provide guidance on safe work practices for the use and maintenance of horticultural mobile elevating work platforms (H/MEWPs) in the horticultural industry and are supplementary to other guidance on working at heights and the use of elevating work platforms. This guidance does not attempt to cover the requirements for the design of elevating work platforms in detail.

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Ground-spread fertiliser industry - Best practice guidelines

Working within the ground-spread fertiliser industry exposes workers to a number of potentially very serious hazards. Not only are high volumes of potentially harmful fertilisers involved, workers are often working alone and in a vast range of environmental conditions. These and other factors heighten the need for comprehensive operator training and job planning.

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Height - Best practice guidelines for working at height in New Zealand

Preventing falls from height is a priority for WorkSafe NZ and it expects that work at height is actively managed so that people are not harmed.

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Roofs - Best practice guidelines for working on roofs

The Best Practice Guidelines for Working on Roofs has been prepared in association with the Roofing Association of New Zealand (RANZ). The guidelines provide practical guidance to employers, contractors, employees, designers, principals, persons who control a place of work, and architects who are engaged in work associated with roofing.

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Bituminous materials used in roading - Code of practice for safe handling of bituminous materials used in roading

The NZ road making industry handles some 140 million litres of bitumen annually, much of it as a binder for chipsealing. This code of practice has been prepared to ensure safe handling of bitumen while chipsealing roads and safeguard personnel working in the industry.

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Breaking out assessment tool and practice note

WorkSafe NZ wants to be completely transparent about its approach to reducing the death and injury toll in New Zealand forests. The Breaking Out Assessment Tool and Practice Note guide and support WorkSafe NZ inspectors when they are assessing workplace safety compliance in the forestry industry, and making enforcement decisions. They also lay out a nationally consistent and targeted approach, and will assist us to gather intelligence.

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Carbon monoxide - Invisible and deadly (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet is for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) and explains how to deal with health and safety risks arising from carbon monoxide.

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Caution – ceiling battens do not provide fall protection

Builders, roofers and other trades must plan for a safe approach to working at height and select an appropriate solution for the job to be completed safely.

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Chemicals in electroplating and related industries - Guidelines for the safe use

These guidelines identify the chemical hazards associated with the various processes in electroplating and related industries and the precautions which should be adopted.

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Chronic organic solvent neurotoxicity: Diagnostic criteria

Guidelines for medical practitioners on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic cases of solvent neurotoxicity.

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Protecting workers from the dangers of clandestine laboratories

This fact sheet gives information for employers on Risks associated with drug production in clandestine drug laboratories (clan labs), Health effects that can arise from exposure to lab chemicals, by-products or residues, How to identify a clan lab, from signs outside or inside a property and Recommended procedures should a clan lab be discovered or suspected.

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Classified Hearing Protectors

The information contained in this publication is intended to assist employers and employees to choose hearing protectors that will give suitable protection against excessive noise levels. It is based on AS/NZS 1269:2005 Occupational Noise Management.

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Clean air fact sheets

Welding, wood dust and forklift factsheets

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Commercial and industrial premises - Guidelines for the provision of facilities and general safety

Guidelines for the provision of facilities and general safety in commercial and industrial premises. These guidelines are a guide to the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995 and to good practice in particular situations or hazards.

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Composites based on synthetic resins (fibreglass) - Code of Practice

Code of Practice for health and safety in the manufacture of composites based on synthetic resins (fibreglass).

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Concrete pumping health and safety guidelines

Pumping concrete is an efficient method of moving and placing concrete. This process is used in the manufacture of pre-cast and tilt-up panels, concrete formwork, slab construction, concrete paving and concrete spraying.

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Conducting Asbestos Surveys

These guidelines are for PCBUs conducting asbestos surveys, workers carrying out asbestos surveys and PCBUs that need to identify asbestos in a workplace.

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Confined space - Safe working in a confined space

Set of 11 information sheets provide general, non-technical information on safe working in a confined space, and includes examples of accidents. As well as assisting employers, some of these sheets may be useful as employee information and for training purposes.

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Confined spaces: Planning entry and working safely in a confined space

WorkSafe New Zealand accepts AS 2865 Confined spaces as the current state of knowledge on confined space entry work.

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Consideration paper on lowering the workplace exposure standard for Formaldehyde

In 2008 consultation commenced on proposed changes to some toxic substances that have been assigned Workplace Exposure Standards. Formaldehyde is one of the substances proposed for reduction.

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Consideration paper on lowering the workplace exposure standard for Methyl Bromide

Consideration Paper on Lowering the Workplace Exposure Standard for Methyl Bromide.

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Safe operation of vehicle-mounted truck loader cranes (Construction Bulletin)

This bulletin provides some general advice about the safe use of truck loader cranes, which are often referred to by their commercial name or brand of Hiab or Palfinger.

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Construction industry - Guidelines for the provision of facilities and general safety in the construction industry

These general guidelines apply to all construction workplaces. They contain relevant sections of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and regulations, generally accepted good practice and references to further information.

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Construction tendering - Health and safety guide for the construction tendering process

This guide is intended as a useful tool for all those involved in the tendering process - including clients, their agents, designers/advisers, contractors and suppliers. It provides all parties involved in the tendering process with a better understanding of what they can do to introduce health and safety into the tender stage of a project.

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Contaminated sites - Health and safety guidelines on the cleanup of contaminated sites

Describes methods and procedures necessary to protect the workers involved.

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Contractors (Fact sheet)

A contractor under the Act is a person engaged by any other person (otherwise than as an employee) to do any work for gain or reward. The 'gain or reward' does not need to be monetary; it can be payment in kind or an exchange of services. Nor does the contract have to be in writing.

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Controlling Construction dust with on-tool extraction

This guidance offers advice on choosing, using, and maintaining on-tool extraction for controlling construction dust.

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Corporate Governance for Process Safety – Guidance for Senior Leaders in High Hazard Industries

An OECD publication aimed at senior leaders within the chemical, petrochemical, petroleum and other high hazard industries. Also relevant for leaders in industries or organisations in which, due to the nature of their processes or hazardous substances, there could be serious harm to multiple people, either on or off site.

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Crane safety for construction site managers/supervisors

This fact sheet provides information about the dangers associated with cranes and the steps to take to monitor crane safety.

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Cytotoxic drugs and related wastes - Guidelines for the safe handling of

These guidelines have been prepared to provide practical guidance aimed at reducing the exposure of healthcare personnel, such as pharmacists, nurses and doctors, to cytotoxic drugs during reconstitution, preparation and disposal of related waste. While it is specific to healthcare establishments, it may be used by those involved in the handling of cytotoxic drugs and related waste in the community and other settings such as veterinary centres.

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Danger: Eyes at work

Looks at the causes of eye injury in New Zealand, first aid treatment and dealing with eye hazards.

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Dental therapy practice - Best practice guidelines

Best practice guidelines for occupational safety and health in Dental therapy practice. The purpose of this document is to provide dental therapists and assistants, as well as their employers, with guidelines of best practice in occupational safety and health. Occupational overuse syndrome in dental therapy was recognised as a workplace injury in the early 1990s. These guidelines will assist employers and employees in the future. Published by the Auckland Regional Dental Service, Waitemata District Health Board, PO Box 28084, Auckland 5 (Published in association with the then Department of Labour)

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Disaster Recovery : Confined spaces

As a result of a disaster, there is often the need to enter confined areas to assess damage or to make repairs. The risks of doing so may have increased due to lack of structural integrity, inflow of water and potential for toxic gas build up. Confined spaces that have been previously assessed as hazard-free may now be dangerous with risk of collapse and entrapment, and unbreathable ‘air’.

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Disaster Recovery: Fatigue

Fatigue is a physical and/or mental state caused by over-exertion. It can lead to impaired strength, speed, reaction time, coordination, decision making, or balance. Fatigue is not only caused by physical work and long working hours but also by the stress caused by events such as a natural disaster. Do not underestimate the effect that a disaster can have on your mental state and that of family, employees and friends.

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Disaster recovery - Hazardous substances

During a disaster, stores of hazardous substances can spill and mix together. Water may seep into storage areas, causing damage to packages of pesticides or deadly poisons. Here’s some advice on how to safely handle these hazards.

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Disaster recovery - Health issues for Christchurch construction and demolition workers

This fact sheet provides information about potential health issues for construction and demolition workers who may potentially be exposed to a variety of health hazards resulting from the Canterbury earthquakes.

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Disaster Recovery - Health Risks from Biological Agents

The 2011-2012 Canterbury earthquakes caused widespread deposits of liquefaction silt over a wide area. Soil, silt or liquefied material in some areas was likely contaminated with sewage and/or stormwater due the rupture of underground services. Silt in residential areas is likely to be found around and under dwellings and other buildings. Most silt will not be contaminated, but all silt should be treated as if it is contaminated as it is not possible to determine where contamination has occurred. Overall, the risk of ill health from contaminated silt is likely to be very low.

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Disaster recovery - Is your workplace prepared?

Natural disasters can happen any time, any place. During September 2010’s quake in Canterbury, most people were at home, asleep. But when another earthquake struck in February 2011, many people were at work, at school, or shopping. If disaster strikes during working hours, all workplaces should be prepared to deal with a civil defence emergency, so that potential harm to affected employees can be minimised.

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Disaster Recovery - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Employers must provide PPE to protect employees against hazards that can't be controlled in any other way, and they must ensure that employees use it. Employees are required to use the PPE they are given. All employees and other users should be trained in the use of PPE and made fully aware of the reasons for its use.

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Disaster Recovery : Working in adverse weather conditions

In the weeks following a disaster, many people have to face the elements as they work to clear sites, repair utilities and rebuild. Weather can be changeable, with fluctuating temperatures, rain and high winds, and for those who are not prepared, working in adverse weather can cause unstable work conditions and health problems. Here’s some information on how to keep safe when working outside.

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Disaster Recovery - Working in structurally affected buildings

Following a natural disaster, there will be a wide variety of potential dangers facing those undertaking any work to repair, rebuild, or demolish buildings and structures. For people working on or in building sites, the hazards they face change constantly – sometimes daily, or even hourly. It is vital that complete hazard identification assessments are carried out by experienced personnel, and that hazard controls are clearly communicated to all workers.

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Diving - Occupational diving update - Scientific diving training requirements

To qualify for a Certificate of Competency (CoC) in Occupational Diving (scientific diving), all applicants must meet AS/NZS 2815.6 by the dates outlined in this document.

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Edge protection (Fact sheet)

This fact sheet will help you use edge protection when working at height safely. It is one of seven fact sheets in the Working Safely at Height Toolkit to be used together with the Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Safety Guidelines

Safety Fundamentals, Selection and Installation, Electric vehicle supply equipment - New Zealand specific requirements

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Electrical interlocking - Guidance notes for Electrical interlocking for safety in industrial processes

Human safety depends on reliable switching, so choosing the right switch for the job is an essential part of machine design. It is the purpose of this booklet to provide advice for owners and designers who make machines safe by reliably interlocking electrical circuits.

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Electrical safety on small construction sites

Death and serious injury can occur from exposure to electrical hazards on construction sites. Electric shock is the main risk.

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Electricity in underground mines and tunnels - Interpretive guidelines

The relationship between the Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013 and the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.

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Emergency Preparedness in Mining and Tunnelling Operations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

This approved code of practice sets out WorkSafe’s expectations for managing emergencies in mining and tunnelling operations.

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Last updated 25 September 2017

PLEASE NOTE

On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.