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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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Emergency procedures

All workplaces are required to have procedures in place to effectively manage emergencies that could happen at work. Together with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) a set of simple forms has been designed to help you identify and manage your emergency procedures.

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Hearing loss (Listen - You might be going deaf)

'Listen - You might be going deaf' is a booklet containing questions and answers on noise and how it affects you. Get the answers about how noise affects you. Available in three languages - english, samoan and tongan.

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Hearing loss - A message to employees on avoiding hearing loss

This leaflet looks at causes, prevention and effects of hearing loss.

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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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Mobile workers (Fact sheet)

The Act covers everyone when they are at work, regardless of where they or their workplace are located. This means that even if employees move from place to place to carry out their work, or the workplace itself moves (such a ship), they are covered under the Act. Some examples of mobile workers include posties, council gardeners, bicycle couriers and fisheries inspectors.

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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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Organic solvents - Practical guidelines for the safe use of organic solvents

A non-technical guide for employees and employers in industries where organic solvents are used. Discusses practical ways to eliminate, isolate and minimise the health and safety hazards.

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Personal protective clothing and equipment (Fact sheet)

Employers have a duty to provide protective clothing and equipment.

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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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Repainting lead based paint

This leaflet contains everything the do-it-yourselfer needs to know about how to do the job safely. Updated November 2007

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Respiratory Protective Equipment – Advice for employers

Is the respiratory protective equipment you’re providing protecting your employees?

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Respiratory Protective Equipment – Advice for workers

How to use your respiratory protective equipment and stay healthy.

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Stress and fatigue - Advice for employers and employees on reducing the impact of stress and fatigue

This pamphlet discusses stress and fatigue using the simple 'bucket model'. It discusses the many points at which interventions can occur to prevent stress and fatigue, such as making work congenial, organising work appropriately, managing people considerately, and promoting health and fitness. It also describes methods of assessing fatigue in the workplace.

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Volunteers (Fact sheet)

The Act recognises that people doing volunteer work should have their health and safety protected because their wellbeing and work are as important as that of the employees and paid workers they work alongside. The Act provides for the health and safety of all volunteers, but enforceable duties are only owed to volunteers whose voluntary work is regular and ongoing, and the work that is performed is an integral part of the business.

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Volunteers - Maori volunteers (Fact sheet)

Nga Whakarereketanga ki Te Ture moo Te Hauora me Te Aarai Aituaa I Te Waahi Mahi 1992 (Key changes to the Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992) Nga Tuuao Maori – Maori Volunteers

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Volunteers at a Marae (Fact sheet)

The extent to which any duties will apply to the use of voluntary labour on your marae will depend on the nature of the activities, and whether or not the marae employs staff. Where a marae trust or committee organises an event using voluntary workers, it has a general duty to provide for the safety and welfare of those workers. The duty is not enforceable, but is a legal statement of volunteers’ right to remain safe while carrying out voluntary work.

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What you need to know about Health and Safety

Who should read this? Employers who employ adults, young workers and young people under 15 years of age Employers who engage the services of contractors, subcontractors, volunteers, and persons receiving on-the-job training

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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.