It’s been a busy six months for our development team who have been building, testing and launching heaps of new Safely features.
We are always looking for ways to improve Safely. Our mission is:
“To reduce workplace fatalities in NZ by providing industries with beautifully designed, intuitive software that pro-actively reduces the risk of harm occurring.”
It is hugely important to everyone on the Safely team that we deliver on our mission. Listening to your feedback is one of the many things we do to improve Safely for all our users. So please continue to send your feedback to [email protected].
Many of the new features are loaded to your Safely accounts overnight while no one is using the system. I just wanted to take a moment to update you on what we have been up to.
Have a great week!
Co-Founder & CEO
Timesheets lets you track when your staff are signing in/out of work or on/off breaks. Your staff can access the feature though the Safely app that is downloaded to their phone or tablet, and management can then track and run reports through Safely Online (www.Safely.nz). This feature is available for free. To activate Timesheets just email the support team at [email protected].
Alert email notifications
You can now be notified of due/overdue alerts via email. This is really useful if you want to make sure you never miss an alert or want to notify people outside of your account when an alert such as maintenance is due for an item. You can add an email alert notification when creating or editing an alert. Just look for the “Email On Due And Overdue?” tick box at the bottom of every alert edit screen.
Meter readings - coming VERY soon!
You will love this feature if you want to set alerts based on KM or hours in use. This feature will let you add a meter to your equipment which your staff can update via the app while completing inspections. You can set alerts to trigger when the meter reaches a set number, which is great for road user charges or servicing vehicles and plant.
Health and safety leadership is key to improving organisational health and safety culture, and it needs to be “informed leadership”. That is, in order to lead health and safety in your business, you need to have a working understanding of the health and safety duties and obligations.
All Officers, including Directors, have a duty to exercise due diligence to ensure the business complies with health and safety duties. One component of due diligence includes taking reasonable steps to “acquire, and keep up to date, knowledge of work health and safety matter”. In order to make critical decisions in regard to health and safety the Officers must have knowledge of the relevant health and safety duties.
The due diligence obligations are individual to each Officer. Gaining and acquiring knowledge in health and safety matters is not something that can be delegated like some of the other duties.
Helpfully, WorkSafe NZ has published a number of recent guidance and interpretative guides on the new law, which are a great (and free!) starting place to get your head around this:
• Health and Safety at Work Act: Quick Reference Guide
• Introduction to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 – Special Guide
• General Risk and Workplace Management Part 1
• General Risk and Workplace Management Part 2
• Worker Representation through Health and Safety Representatives and Health and Safety Committees
• Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation Good Practice Guidelines
• Health and Safety Guide: Good Governance for Directors
Maintaining current knowledge is of course key to keeping on top of the developing law in this area, and you can even subscribe to receive updates to these and other new documents by subscribing to WorkSafe NZ publications here.
There are many other options to keep up to date, including health and safety forums, industry discussions, webinars, and training courses, and we’re working with health and safety leaders across a range of industries, providing specific advice and bespoke training, as well as representation. If you’d like specialist help with your organisational health and safety, contact our team today.
Disclaimer: We remind you that while this article provides commentary on employment law and health and safety topics, it should not be used as a substitute for legal or professional advice for specific situations. Please seek guidance from your lawyer for any questions specific to your workplace.
Copeland Ashcroft Law
10 Aug 16
A 10-year plan to address health risks in New Zealand’s workplaces was launched tonight in Wellington by the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Hon Michael Woodhouse.
WorkSafe New Zealand’s strategic plan for work-related health, ‘Healthy Work’, outlines the approach WorkSafe will take over the coming ten years to support and enable businesses to better manage work-related health risks. Each year, these risks kill 600-900 people and lead to a further 30,000 New Zealand workers developing serious, but non-fatal, work-related health conditions.
“Each one of those figures is a real person who has died or has become unwell as a result of their work and for too long we’ve put work-related health in the ‘too hard basket’,” Mr Woodhouse said.
“We can’t fix the issues arising from past exposures, but with strong leadership from across the health and safety system, and everyone demonstrating greater accountability for managing work-related health risks, we can significantly improve health outcomes in our workplaces for the future,” he said.
The plan focuses on enabling greater leadership across the health and safety system by raising awareness of harm and risks, encouraging collaboration, minimising risks at source and influencing the education system to improve understanding of risks. It also guides WorkSafe’s approach to building the capability of its inspectors, improving data and intelligence, providing guidance and education resources, and enhancing the regulatory framework.
“We will address prioritised risks through a series of targeted intervention programmes so that we achieve a step change in performance,” the Chair of WorkSafe, Professor Gregor Coster, said.
“Beyond the high human cost to individuals, their families, whanau and communities, work-related diseases cost this country an estimated $2.4 billion per year. The human and financial costs are simply unacceptable,” he said.
Worksafe New Zealand