Office – Safety Passport

Version 2.0 of HR Developments successful Office - Safety Passport is in production. It provides quality health and safety inductions for new staff  and refreshers for existing staff, and is tailored to your requirements. Office - Safety Passport - Premium edition delivers 2.5 hours of online training that gives staff a great grounding in how to stay healthy and safe in an office environment. Office Safety Passport is a blend of customised vocam safety-tv E-Learning courses and our own in-house E-Learning platform - [...]

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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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Fatal pipeline blast – company fined

Philomen Gulland - a life lost in an unnecessary tragedy. A piping firm has been fined over a fatal pipeline explosion in Onehunga, Auckland. The June 2011 blast killed one worker and left another a double amputee. Canadian Pacific Ltd was today sentenced to pay $55,250 after being found guilty of failing to take all practicable steps to protect employees and failing to take all practicable steps to protect others. Mother-of-two Philomen Gulland lost her life in the explosion. Gulland was working [...]

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Inequality drives many to quit New Zealand

Emigration is driven not only by opportunities, but also by inequalities. The OECD has issued alarming advice for governments to take "urgent action to tackle rising inequality and social divisions". New Zealand has left these issues unaddressed for too long, and we need to acknowledge it is one of the reasons why our people keep leaving. Emigration has been worryingly high for decades. It makes headlines when it spikes, but "emigration is a pattern, not a crisis", as demographer Graeme [...]

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Open Season on Open Plan Offices

Chairs at ASB's new building in Auckland. They are still going to look great in 10 years time :)The vast majority of the worlds office workers are victims of the open plan office concept. According to those that support an open plan-et they increase productivity and raise staff morale. Staff thrive in this highly collaborative environment as they happily go about their business. In recent years this office based utopia has gone to a whole new level with the [...]

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Port worker injured by falling container

A Lyttelton Port Company worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said the injured driver had pulled a stack of seven shipping containers down, with one crushing the cab of his forklift. "You could certainly hear when that container came down. The noise is what got our attention." The driver, aged in his 20s, managed to get out the cab by himself and was coherent when emergency services arrived. He was "lucky to be alive", the worker said. He had been with the [...]

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