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Quad Bikes Recalled After Investigation Revealed Asbestos-laden Parts

Poor Quality Design Triggers Recall

There has been a recall of 13,000 Polaris youth quad bikes after an investigation revealed that asbestos-laden brake pads, brake shoes, gaskets and washers been used in some models.

The recall applies to at least 12 different models launched by car manufacturer Polaris Industries. These bikes are sold throughout New Zealand and Australia where asbestos is banned. 

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Bali Tourists are Unknowlingly Eating Dog Meat

Food Safety Problems You May Experience When You Travel

It has been reported that tourists have been unknowingly eating dog meat whilst holidaying in Bali. 

This has come to light after an undercover Animal Australia investigator, identified as Luke, infiltrated the Bali dog trade by going behind the scenes of the industry to create a documentary.

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Worksafe CEO Nicole Rosie Slams Industry Safety Measures Following Five Deaths in a Week

Strong Message from WorkSafe New Zealand

Over the past two weeks five people have been killed in New Zealand workplaces. This has pushed this year's toll to 30, only 19 shy of last year's entire total.

Nicole Rosie, the CEO of WorkSafe New Zealand spoke with NewsHub on this matter – the interview can be found here.

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ISO 45001 The State of Play - Webinar Recording

Missed the Live Event? 

No problem - watch a recording of the webinar here

 

Webinar Background

In this webinar we were joined by. Andrew Thornthill

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How to Implement a QMS and Achieve ISO 9001 Certification

Part 20: Clause 8.2 - Requirements for Products and Services

It doesn’t take an entrepreneurial genius to realise that without your customers, your business doesn’t exist. Without people buying your products and services, you have exactly nothing. Of course, in healthy economic times finding customers can be relatively easy. Just by doing the minimum of opening your doors, you’re likely to get a few people wandering through. You may even be able to scrape out a living that way, for a while.

But to really succeed and prosper over the long term - especially when the economy takes its inevitable, cyclical dip - you need to aim for your customers finding what Deming described as “joy in [y]our products and services”. You want your customers waxing lyrical about you. Recommending you. Loving you. And like any healthy relationship, communication with each other is fundamental to achieving this. So when you arrive at clause 8.2 Requirements for Products and Services, you need to roll up your sleeves, enlist the help of your marketing team (or person), and do your very best work. It’s a potential game changer.

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How to Implement a QMS and Achieve ISO 9001 Certification

Part 19: Clause 8.1 - Operational Planning and Control

So far in this blog series I’ve mostly talked about very high-level processes.  They’re what’s covered in clauses 4, 5, 6, and 7, and are the “Plan” part of the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle.  It’s the big picture stuff, the laying of critical foundations.  But of course, in every certification process there comes a point at which you have to deal with the detail – the “Do” part of the PDCA cycle.  Capturing exactly how your company controls the internal processes that it uses to provide products and/or services to customers is key to running a successful Quality Health and Safety and Environmental System (QHSE).

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Two New Zealand Court Cases could set the a Standard for Penalties under new Health and Safety Law

The bar for sentencing will soon be set

Garth Gallaway is a lawyer at Chapman Tripp and specialises in insurance law, civil litigation and health & safety work.

Garth recently spoke on Radio NZ about 2 health and safety cases that have been prosecuted in New Zealand since the new act came into place on 4th April 2016. You can find the podcast here.

The sentencing for the court cases will take place over the next few months and we are all interested to find out the outcomes of these. Under the new act, WorkSafe are given 12 months (instead of 6) to perform an investigation into workplace incidents, meaning the investigations are a lot more thorough. This is why we are about to see the first court cases of sentencing since this new act was enacted. The results of these cases will set a whole new paradigm around sentencing and how health and safety breaches are dealt with in court.

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How to Implement a QMS and Achieve ISO 9001 Certification

Part 18: Clauses 7.5 - Documented Information

Since ISO 9001 became a standard back in 1987, one of its most debated issues is the number and type of documents that the standard requires. 

Where documentation is concerned, most people have erred on the side of “too much ain’t enough”.  It could be argued that these days the standard is to document everything single little thing.  Just in case, you know?  Just like everybody else, right? 

Consultants have had a field day in this environment, making millions of dollars from creating a blizzard of policies, procedures, forms, checklists and templates.  Consultants have an interest in creating more documents because for them, that’s money in the bank.  Consultants then get to have a second crack when they regularly audit the same documents.  If non-conformances are found then they demand that more documents be created to meet another part of the standard.  It’s a never-ending spiral of more and more documentation. 

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7 Workplace Deaths in the Space of a Fortnight

New Zealand still has a long way to go

As reported in this April 2017 Radio New Zealand report, over the space of a fortnight there were seven workplace deaths in New Zealand.

The traditional high risk sectors were at the centre of this with three of these deaths taking place in the forestry industry, two in farming and two in construction.

This is a disappointing number and WorkSafe NZ says there needs to be a cultural change in workplace safety throughout New Zealand.

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How to align and achieve business SMART goals and objectives from the board through to the front line - Webinar Recording

Missed the Live Event? 

No problem - watch a recording of the webinar here

 

Webinar Background

In this webinar we were joined by Dr Andrew Prest.

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