Story image

Trend alert: NZ businesses move health and safety systems online

07 Sep 15

New Zealand businesses are making the move from paper-based health and safety management systems to online tools, according to Everest Group, the Waikato human resources consultancy.

Karen Wells, Everest Group health and safety specialist, says, “We’re seeing more and more businesses who are extremely concerned with ensuring their systems are compliant with the Health and Safety Reform Bill, which was passed by parliament last week.

“During the lead-up to this, and since it was passed, businesses have been increasingly demanding online management tools as a hassle-free way to accomplish their health and safety compliance requirements.”

She says, “More and more, businesses are realising that there are electronic systems that help them meet health and safety compliance requirements in a more efficient way.

“Between now and April 2016, when the Health and Safety at Work Act comes into effect, we are expecting a continual rise in businesses switching away from paper-based systems.”

Wells recommends businesses move away from paper-based health and safety systems ‘which result in lost time and money’.

“All employers have duties to take practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees at work. Making it possible for them to do so online is the way of the future,” she says.

Wells has worked in health and safety for more than ten years, initially working in construction before moving into advisory and consulting roles offering services across many different industries and sectors around New Zealand.

She has exclusive distribution and training rights in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty areas to a cloud-based health and safety management solution called Safety Manager.

Wells says she hopes her role with Everest group will allow more Waikato and Bay of Plenty businesses to be supported in their desire to move their health and safety systems online.

She holds a NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health; a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. She is a registered safety auditor with the NZ Safety Council and a member of NZISM.

How blockchain will impact NZ’s economy
Distributed ledgers and blockchain are anticipated to provide a positive uplift to New Zealand’s economy.
25% of malicious emails still make it through to recipients
Popular email security programmes may fail to detect as much as 25% of all emails with malicious or dangerous attachments, a study from Mimecast says.
Human value must be put back in marketing - report
“Digital is now so widely adopted that its novelty has worn off. In their attempt to declutter, people are being more selective about which products and services they incorporate into their daily lives."
Wine firm uses AR to tell its story right on the bottle
A Central Otago wine company is using augmented reality (AR) and a ‘digital first’ strategy to change the way it builds its brand and engages with customers.
DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill. 
Protecting organisations against internal fraud
Most companies tend to take a basic approach that focuses on numbers and compliance, without much room for grey areas or negotiation.
Telesmart to deliver Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams
The integration will allow Telesmart’s Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams to natively enable external voice connectivity from within Teams collaborative workflow environment.
Jade Software & Ambit take chatbots to next level of AI
“Conversation Agents present a huge opportunity to increase customer and employee engagement in a cost-effective manner."