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Information and guidance by industry - Construction and building maintenance

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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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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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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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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Carbon monoxide poisoning - forklifts in coolstores bulletin

This bulletin describes two real-life incidents of workers who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of using LPG forklifts in poorly ventilated spaces. It explains the risks and how workers can stay safe.

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Carbon monoxide poisoning - small petrol engine plant bulletin

Bulletin – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – small petrol engine plant: This bulletin describes two real-life incidents of workers who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of using small petrol engine plant in poorly ventilated spaces. It explains the risks and how workers can stay safe.

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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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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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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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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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Controlling dust during demolition (Fact Sheet)

Demolishing a city’s central business district has provided unique opportunities for health authorities and safety enforcement agencies to investigate what impact a dusty environment potentially has for workers. Inspectors also found that despite the hazards in this environment, workers were not taking all practicable steps to keep themselves safe.

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COSHH Essentials E-tool

This tool provides advice to workplaces on how to control exposure to hazardous substances for a range of common workplace tasks and chemicals.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.