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Excavation Safety

This guideline provides practical guidance to manage health and safety risks associated with excavation work.

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Key points

  • Avoid underground services and make sure not to undermine nearby structures – use safe digging practice and dig away from them.
  • Check the excavation each day before starting work and after any event that may affect its stability.
  • Provide safe access to get in and out.
  • Prevent collapse – shore, bench, or batter back. Do not assume ground will stand unsupported.
  • Prevent people and materials falling in – with barriers strong enough not to collapse if someone falls against them.
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Working at height in New Zealand

This good practice guide will provide practical guidance to employers, contractors, employees and all others engaged in work associated with...

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Mobile elevating work platforms

This good practice guideline outlines requirements when working with mobile elevating work platforms.

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Working on roofs

This good practice guide will provide practical guidance to employers, contractors, employees and all others engaged in work associated with...

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Safe use of safety nets

This best practice guideline outlines safety net requirements and the safe use of safety nets.

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Key points

  • Safety nets installed below a high level work area reduce the distance a person can fall.
  • Safety nets are designed to deflect and absorb the energy of a fall so they reduce the likelihood of a person being injured.
  • There must be enough clear space below the net so that as the net deflects, the person who has fallen does not strike an obstacle or the ground.
  • Safety nets allow people to work at height without restricting their movement.
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ACOP: Management and Removal of Asbestos

This Approved Code of Practice sets out WorkSafe New Zealand’s (WorkSafe) expectations about how to comply with asbestos health and...

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Key points

It is divided into different Parts. Which Parts you need to read will depend on whether you are:

  • a PCBU with management or control of a workplace that might have asbestos
  • a PCBU conducting asbestos removal
  • a PCBU conducting asbestos-related work, or
  • a licensed asbestos assessor.

WorkSafe recommends that people with duties under asbestos law familiarise themselves with all Parts of the code.

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety approved this code under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. It can be used in court as evidence of whether the relevant duties under health and safety law were complied with

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Conducting Asbestos Surveys

These guidelines are for PCBUs conducting asbestos surveys, workers carrying out asbestos surveys and PCBUs that need to identify asbestos...

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Key points

  1. Under the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 there are a number of situations where the presence of asbestos and asbestos-containing material (ACM) in a workplace must be identified.
  2. One means of identifying asbestos and ACM is to have a survey carried out by an asbestos surveyor.
  3. An asbestos surveyor needs to have sufficient training, qualifications, knowledge, experience and ability to sample and identify asbestos, have sufficient knowledge of the tasks required and the risks the work will involve, demonstrate independence and use a quality management system.
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Scaffolding in New Zealand

These guidelines offer advice on the safe design, use, and maintenance of scaffolding.

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Key points

  • Duty holders have responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
  • Duties under the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995 still apply.
  • Ensure scaffolding is fit for purpose and meets the needs of all users.
  • PPE should be used at all times.
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Electrical Safety on Small Construction Sites

This guide provides information about electrical supply and safety on small construction sites.

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Summary

The guide has ideas to help you control electrical risks and protect workers who use electricity. The checklist (Section 6) will help you to decide whether you are doing everything you can (so far as is reasonably practicable) to ensure that electricity is supplied and used safely.

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