Expert tips for noise reduction on the job site

The rise in high-density living and developments being undertaken closer to busy roadways has heightened the need to control noise and vibration on the construction site. With many new local and overseas builders and contractors entering the market, particularly in Auckland, it is critical they are made aware of the limits they must adhere to when it comes to noise …

Managing Risk in the Workplace

Health & Safety legislation has undergone a significant change with the passing of the Health & Safety at Work Act and subsequent regulations made under that Act. The Health and Safety at Work Act changed the focus from compliance by managing hazards to managing Risk. Despite our best efforts, fatalities and serious injuries continue to occur, even among organizations with …

The Fire Protection Association has forged closer ties

The Fire Protection Association of New Zealand (FPANZ) has forged closer ties with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) over the last year, with the two organisations working together on several key initiatives, says Scott Lawson, FPANZ executive director. “MBIE is actively engaging us as industry experts. We are sitting with them on a number of working groups …

Fire plan critical in multi-tenanted buildings

All business owners need to be aware of their fire safety responsibilities something that is especially critical in mixed used buildings. While a building’s fire safety features are clearly outlined in the Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) and compliance schedule, in multi-tenanted buildings identifying who is responsible for maintaining certain fire safety features designed to protect the building’s occupants can …

Keeping up with health and safety changes

The Frame and Truss Manufacturers’  Association is undertaking a review of the Health and Safety section of its Code of Practice, and encourages all members to keep up to date with the changes to health and safety legislation in New Zealand. “We strongly encourage our fabricator members to be health and safety compliant, and take all practicable steps to ensure …