Virtual Hazard Registers

HR Development is excited to be partnering with Beek to combine their virtual reality platform with our health and safety expertise. The first project we are bringing to market is a virtual hazard register that can be used for new staff inductions, ongoing training, contractor management and hazard management. Our 360 degree camera shots recreate your workplace which is overlaid with hazard information and hazard controls. The first virtual hazard register for an aquatic centre is in production at [...]

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Port Health and Safety in NZ

Port operations provides one of the most challenging and complex work environments from a health and safety perspective in New Zealand. A lot of people working for different organisations, using large machinery and vehicles, with tight deadlines are working fast and hard in a confined geographical footprint. The addition of water and weather just adds to the degree of risk  faced by those with the task of turning productivity into profit. Despite a huge amount of effort going into [...]

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Corporate Training – 8 steps to a winning training framework

Corporate training design and delivery is changing faster now than it has in decades. The old diet of classroom based training is still on the menu but it has been joined by a range of technology driven options and lateral thinking. Training frameworks need to be carefully planned and fully integrated with capacity and capability initiatives. Retention and development are a lot more cost-effective than a conveyor belt of new employees who are waiting for the opportunity they 'really' [...]

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Corporate Training – 7 ways to waste a training budget

Yes he is pointing to nothing and that is precisely what we can achieve if we follow these seven simple tips. The training budget is one of the first casualties in cost cutting. To a manger or razor wielding accountant,  the benefits of training are somewhat intangible and in the future so it is a prime candidate to make the supreme sacrifice for the common good. However, paying for human resource is one of the biggest areas of expenditure in [...]

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Time to axe performance reviews?

Workplace staff performance reviews have become a pillar of the vast swathe of administrative tangle otherwise known as 'best practice'. Like many good ideas they started off with the best of intentions but have morphed into something that is often counter- productive in many workplaces. Many workers are now faced with an annual ritual that management struggle to engage with. If  it wasn't for human resources chasing everyone up then it might drift into oblivion. Speaking of HR - were they [...]

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New Year – new job?

Dreams are the beginning of all things. Andrew was on vacation. Temporarily chilled out and lying in the sun it hit him - he didn't want to go back to his old job and old routine. He hadn't been happy for a while but he didn't know what to do next. The day before he and Anne had caught up with Steve and Mel - old friends they hadn't seen for years. Steve and Mel seemed so successful. Anne was [...]

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Health and Safety at Work Act – beware the circling sharks

The imminent introduction of the Health and Safety Reform Bill in the Parliamentary select committee process will sharpen senior management focus on what this means for the organisations they manage. There has already been a lot of hype generated by politicians and the mainstream media putting the wind up directors and senior managers. Behind the scenes there had been a lot of work done by health and safety professionals assessing the likely impact of the new legislation and the [...]

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Labour shuffling the deck chairs with Gay remit

Well this guy has to go for starters. He is not a lesbian woman from an ethnic minority.The Labour Party are suckers for punishment - you have to give them that. After their defeat in the 2008 general election they have overseen one of the most successfully inept re-election campaigns in New Zealand political history. Their ambitious plan to tick off every political mistake in the book carries on this weekend with their conference in Christchurch, where they look [...]

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Briscoes fined after customer trips over box

Briscoe Group has been fined $75,000 plus reparations after a customer tripped over a carton in the aisle of the Manukau Briscoes Homeware store in December last year. Briscoes was ordered to pay fines to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and $4000 in reparations to the customer, in addition to a $5000 contribution already paid. The company said the fine was higher-than-expected, considering precedents for equivalent accidents and circumstances. Briscoes said it would not take any further action until [...]

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Axed KFC staff get their jobs back

Following a public outcry KFC has been contacting laid off disabled workers with offers of re-employment. Some workers have leaped at the chance but at least five turned it down. Jared Dixon has autism and was last year forced out after 16 years working part-time at the Greymouth store. The 36-year-old was among 17 workers hit by store restructures which disestablished "limited duties" roles. But Jared's father Robert Dixon says his son has no wish to return. "He was so hurt [...]

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