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Welcome to our first newsletter for 2016 — we hope it finds you well. Our Flu Vaccination season is almost underway and our dates are already booking up quickly. This year we are also offering flu vaccinations in Auckland (read more below). Below you will also find information on our new Asbestos Awareness Training courses, information about the new Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, updates to First Aid and much more — enjoy the read.

From the TriEx Team

Flu vaccinations for 2016 — for Christchurch and Auckland

We are excited to be offering our flu vaccination programme to Auckland companies for the first time, after vaccinating in Christchurch for many years. Last year we vaccinated over 9,000 Cantabrians and each year we improve our systems to ensure our clients receive the best possible experience with us.

Please visit our website if you would like to know more information about the actual flu vaccination. This year we are offering both the trivalent and quadrivalent flu vaccinations. Or feel free to download our Frequently Asked Questions information sheet here. Our clinical team are only too happy to help with any other queries you may have - contact details are below.

You may have read our recent article in the Canterbury Build magazine. This featured some of our wonderful nurses and Karen Woolf, our Clinical Nurse, giving an insight as to advantages of workplace flu vaccinations.

If you are on our flu vaccination database, you should have received your 2016 Flu Pack by now. If you haven't received it - please let us know. Also if you would like to receive our flu vaccination information - just email us on

Our pdf editable flu booking form is available here or visit us at for more information. If you wish to speak with one of of our flu team — please call us on 0800 FLU JAB (0800 358 522).

New to TriEx — Asbestos Awareness Training (1 day course)

Asbestos Awareness: Regulation 17 of the new Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016. This new regulation stipulates that any employer, whose employees work with asbestos, must be trained in the identification, safe handling, and control measures relating to asbestos. Click here to view Regulation 17 - Duty to train workers about asbestos.

Craig Newsome (BOHS P402, P405) is our newest recruit at TriEx and he brings with him a wealth of asbestos knowledge. Craig is a British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) accredited trainer and assessor, and delivers internal and external training courses in asbestos awareness, alongside international BOHS qualifications.

Our comprehensive 1 day, Asbestos Awareness training is essential for: those who will or may come into contact with asbestos as part of their daily work activity such as: general maintenance staff; electricians, gas fitters; plasterers; roofers; fire and burglar alarm installers; shop fitters; painters and decorators; demolition workers; heating and ventilation engineers; computer installers; plumbers; joiners; construction workers; telecoms engineers and building surveyors.

This course will include:
  • What is asbestos?
  • Health hazards of asbestos.
  • Asbestos in buildings.
  • Asbestos legislation.
  • Asbestos waste.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Multiple choice question paper.
The price for the course is $350.00 plus GST per attendee. If you have a group of six or more to be trained, we can come to your workplace and deliver the training. This training is available nationwide as Craig is happy to travel within NZ.

Our next public course date:
  • Wednesday March 16th

or email us

Introducing Lawrence Barker to our Auckland clients

As a commitment to our expanding Auckland market, TriEx has attracted the expertise of Lawrence Barker whose has experience in health and safety, including EAP (Employee Assistance Programme). He has solid grounding in both the communication and manufacturing industries, holding operational and managerial positions.

As our Auckland Sales Executive, Lawrence is available to call upon any current or potential clients in the wider Auckland area for anyone who would like to know more about our services. Lawrence can assess a client's needs and then work with our national team of health & safety experts to best deliver the appropriate services required.

Some of the services our Auckland team offer are:

  • On-site Workplace Flu Vaccinations
  • Health Assessments
  • Pre-employment Assessments
  • Wellness Assessments
To contact Lawrence - please call him on 027 423 5656 or email

Occupational health contracts — ever considered this for your workplace?

If your organisation has 150 employees or more, you might like to consider a contract nurse for your Occupational Health and Safety requirements.
Health screening ie; hearing and lung function testing is predominantly provided to an organisation in two ways. Some workplaces have a TriEx nurse come in once a year and have their screening done over the course of weeks. Others employ a TriEx contract nurse. This means of addressing health, allows for not only the mandated health screening to be completed but other health services can be provided by the nurses. These services include smoking cessation programmes, cardio vascular and diabetes education, pastoral care, manual handling and more.

Within a health contract, the nurse essentially becomes part of your workplace team without the responsibility of employment.

Contract Client Testimonial:
"The service we receive from TriEx is excellent. Friendly staff and fluid communication ensures that the organisational aspects flow very smoothly. The nurses we have on-site are knowledgeable and accommodating to our staff, happy to answer any queries and put staff at ease throughout the whole process."

If you would like to find our more, please contact Karen Woolf on (03) 353 2813 or email

New health & safety regulations are out

The majority of the first phase of regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) have now been finalised and will come into force on 4 April 2016, along with the Act.

The regulations supported with information and guidance from WorkSafe New Zealand are intended to support businesses (particularly small businesses) to understand what they need to do to comply with the general duties of the Act.

If you would like to view these regulations please click here or visit WorkSafe NZ's page for details on the specific regulations.

If you would like to discuss your health & safety requirements or if you have any queries in relation to the new regulations, please contact us on (03) 343 2997 or email

Unhealthy & disengaged workers can be costly to your business.
Implement a wellness programme that gets the results you need.

Workplace wellness programs are more holistic than ever, providing your employees the ability to improve all aspects of their wellbeing beyond just their physical health.
Plan for the year ahead and get the best out of your people in 2016!

Online Wellness Survey

Get real feedback on the Individual health and wellbeing of your team, plus the environmental health and wellbeing of your workplace. Learn what is currently working, what your workplace is doing well that is felt of value by your employees. Also learn what areas of improvement your employees may have, both as individuals, and also as a workplace.

The results of this survey can be a great tool to help determine the strategy and create a plan for forward scheduling of the wellness focus/sessions over the year.

Employee Assistance Programmes

Our Employee Assistance Programme’s (EAP) offer a comprehensive and holistic approach to the wellbeing of your team. We know the importance of keeping your people healthy, stress-free & engaged at work to maximise productivity & performance, and to reduce costly downtime.
Pressure and stress are not uncommon within most people’s daily lives, but if not managed effectively can have a significant and negative impact on their work. By allowing employees direct access to Psychological, Nutritional & Financial Advice, you give them the tools to take ownership of their own wellbeing.

Wellness Workshops & Training

In any organisation, people have the potential to be your biggest competitive advantage or your weakest link. To realise this advantage, you need to invest in training. The right training helps develop your people, increases their productivity and effectiveness and boosts organisational performance.
TriEx Wellbeing offers a range of training workshops and seminars aimed at supporting and educating both management and employees.

Are you ready to create a healthier, more productive workforce? Give Fleur a call on 03 341 4087
or email to have a chat about how we can help.

First Aid Competition Winner

Kim Brougham from Woodend Playcentre

Kim was the lucky recipient of our First Aid promotion we ran in December when she booked 5 of her fellow helpers at the Woodend Playcentre on one of our First Aid courses. She was thrilled to receive a basket of goodies. Kim commented on how easy it was to book our First Aid courses using our online booking system.

Visit us here if you'd like to view our current First Aid courses available.

First Aid Update — book your first aid course now so you are up to date with changes released 13 January 2016

Changes to Definition of First Aid & First Aid Provider
  • First Aid” is defined as the helping behaviours and initial care provided for an acute illness or injury.
  • A “First Aid Provider” is any person trained in first aid who should a) recognize, assess and prioritise the need for first aid; b) provide care by using appropriate competencies; c) recognize limitations and seek additional care when needed.

Significant Changes in First Aid
  • The role of passive leg raising for a conscious victim in shock – lying on their back – is no longer recommended.
  • The use of direct pressure over a wound is usually the fastest, easiest and most effective way to stop bleeding; an unsuccessful pressure dressing may be removed to allow a more direct pressure directly on the bleeding point.
  • Elevation of a bleeding part is no longer recommended.
  • The use of a second dose of adrenaline, using an autoinjector, for anaphylaxis is now recommended when a first dose fails to improve symptoms within 5 minutes.
  • Administering 300 mg (1 tablet – preferably dissolvable) of Aspirin is now recommended for victims with a suspected heart attack, and no longer only when directed to do so.
Book your first aid course now at or call us on 0800 487 439

Recent WorkSafe NZ Prosecutions


Construction firm fined over failure to manage asbestos on demolition
Upper Hutt-based company Hutt Construction 2013 Limited was fined $26,812.50 and ordered to pay $7,500 in reparations for failing to properly identify and manage asbestos at a demolition site.
Read the full WorkSafe media release here
Worker poisoned by carbon monoxide awarded $7,000
Asparagus growing, packing and marketing business, Boyds Asparagus Industries Limited, has been fined $26,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $7,000 (in addition to $10,000 already paid) after a worker was poisoned by carbon monoxide.
Read the full WorkSafe media release here


Flu Vaccinations for 2016
Available in Christchurch & Auckland this year!

Asbestos Awareness Training
New 1 day training course available now

Welcome to Lawrence Barker
Our Auckland team is growing!

Occupational Health Contracts
An option for your business? On-site Occ Health Nurse!

New Health & Safety Regulations
The Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 Regulations

TriEx Wellbeing
Keeping your employees engaged and productive

First Aid Competition Winner
Lucky winner from our December competition

First Aid Updates
Find out the latest First Aid updates

Register here to receive a monthly TriEx Training Calendar email

This comprehensive one day course is essential for those who may come into contact with asbestos as part of their daily work activity.

Learn more about the course or contact us via

What you need to know about being a H&S Rep (2 days)

Learn more about the course or contact us via

What you need to know about H&S as a Manager (8 hours)

Learn more about the course or contact us via

(RF) = Refresher First Aid
(WP) = Workplace First Aid
(C&I) = Child & Infant First Aid
(WPS) = Workplace Special Price

Fri, 26 February (WP)

MARCH 2016
Tue, 1 March (WP)
Thu, 3 March (WP)
Fri, 4 March (RF)
Tue, 8 March (WP)
Thu, 10 March (RF)
Fri, 11 March (WP)
Mon, 14 March (RF)
Thu, 17 March (WP)
Fri, 18 March (WP)
Mon, 21 March (C&I)
Tue, 22 March (WP)
Wed, 23 March (RF)
Thu, 24 March (WPS)
Wed, 30 March (WPS)

*Child and Infant First Aid (4 hours)
This course is perfect for home-based educators, parents, grandparents, babysitters and caregivers and those who have responsibility for young children under 6 years.
NZQA unit standard 25459 assessment on request. Learn more

Remember, we also offer on-site first aid training specific to your workplace — please visit our website here for further information.
Book now

Health awareness events and appeals calendar


The above dates have been sourced from the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand Website and Toi Te Ora Public Health Service

Occupational Health Nurse — Christchurch

We are super keen to find a new nurse for our team. We would love to employ an experienced and enthusiastic Occupational Health Nurse – a nurse that is passionate about helping educate and influence Kiwi workers.

This role offers a wide variety of work from pre-employment health assessments to on-site health monitoring. From flu vaccinations to on-site drug testing, among various other things. As part of our clinical team of nationwide nurses, your previous experience in occupational health will ensure your skills and knowledge are strongly utilized. This role will include responsibility for both education and peer support of our nursing team, together with ‘hands on’ occupational health services.

Read more about the job vacancy here

What's happening in Auckland...

Northern Safety Liaison Groups

If you require a copy of recent NSLG (civil or commercial) meeting minutes, they can be conveniently found on the Site Safe website here.

2016 dates for the Civil NSLG meetings are:
Wed, 2 Mar
Wed, 4 May
Wed, 6 Jul
Wed, 7 Sep
Wed, 2 Nov

2016 dates for the Commercial NSLG meetings are:
Wed, 13 Apr
Wed, 8 Jun
Wed, 10 Aug
Wed, 12 Oct
Wed, 7 Dec

For venues and contacts, please click here

Check our the latest events for the Auckland branch of NZISM here

Did you hear us on the radio?


Karen Woolf recently spoke about the how construction workers, who have moved to Christchurch for the rebuild, are being blamed for a surge in demand for the drug methamphetamine (commonly known as P) in the city.

Click here to listen

COSSH Essentials E-tool (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)

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

Since the tool is UK based, it is important to read the points listed here before you use the tool for New Zealand workplaces.

Site Specific Safety Plan Update 2016

Site Safe is reviewing and updating its Site Specific Safety Plan to make it more accessible and user friendly, at the same time as meeting industry needs. 

They are looking for feedback on the draft plan which you can view here. If you would like to complete their survey - please click here

To read more about the SSSP  update - please visit Site Safe's website here

The Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter latest newsletter is available to view here if you missed it.

Topics included in the newsletter are:
  • Safety spotlight
  • Graham’s view
  • Charter News
  • Welcome Aboard
  • ACC Data update

The TriEx team are pleased to be participating in The Star City2Surf on the 20th March.

The Star's City2Surf fun run is for the young and old, the serious and not-so-serious, individuals, corporate teams, schools and families. It is all about participation, team-building, reaching personal goals and having fun!

We encourage you to get a group together and make the most of a fantastic opportunity for some team building.

Visit for more info and to register

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