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Winter Wellbeing Tip #3

23/06/2015 2:49 PM

Another week down and it's only getting colder and wetter, reading the paper today, it seems that last night was the coldest night that the country has had in years!!

We have had a busy and productive week here at CleanChem, it must be the influx of people wanting warm outdoor gear.

Winter Wellness is even more imperative when we are busy - who has time to take time off work when we are sick?

TIP #3: - Wash your hands

This may seem obvious, but you would be amazed at how many people forget to do this or don't do this properly. Thorough hand washing is the number one way to stop the spread of germs. Make sure you dry them properly as well as germs love damp areas. 

If you suffer from dry hands after washing, particularly if you are washing them often; keep a tube of hand cream handy to use regluarly. 


This weeks recipe is a delicious vegetarian comfort meal from the Healthy Food Guide Magazine - 

Pumpkin and Spinach Canneloni


  • 750g pumpkin, peeled, cut in chunks
  • 1 large bunch spinach, trimmed
  • 6 spring onions, trimmed, white part only, thinly sliced
  • 250g low-fat cottage cheese
  • pinch nutmeg
  • black pepper, to season
  • 4 fresh lasagne sheets, cut in half
  • 400ml can tomato and basil pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 1 1/2-litre (6 cup-capacity) ovenproof baking dish.

Cook pumpkin in a large saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain, mash roughly with a fork then set aside to cool slightly. Blanch spinach in boiling water for 30 seconds. Rinse in cold water and drain well. Squeeze out excess moisture then chop roughly.

Place pumpkin, spring onions, spinach, cottage cheese and nutmeg in a large bowl. Season with pepper. Mix together.

Spoon 4 tablespoons (1/3 cup) filling in the middle of each lasagne sheet. Fold sheet to enclose filling. Spread 1/3 cup (80ml) pasta sauce in the bottom of prepared dish. Place cannelloni on top in a single layer. Repeat with remaining sheets and filling.

Pour remaining tomato sauce over cannelloni, season well with pepper and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese has melted and is bubbling. Serve with a side of winter vegetables.


Posted in Health & Nutrition By Lisa McAfee

Winter Wellbeing Tip #4

30/06/2015 1:13 PM

This weeks Winter Wellbeing Tip is probably going to be one of the hardest that I am going to share with you...

Winter Wellbeing Tip Number 4 - Keep Exercising

It's hard to get up early to exercise when it's either pouring with rain or when there is a frost outside. It's also hard at the other end of the day when it's still raining and cold and dark by the time you finish work!

However, it is important to keep active during the Winter months in order to stay healthy. 

There are lots of options in terms of exercise; you could join a local gym (not so cold inside!). Classes are a great option to stay motivated. It's also a good idea to go pack a gym bag and go on your way home as once you are home, it's much harder to leave again. 

Another way to stay motivated is to exercise with a friend so that you can keep each other on track.

There are a number of exercise apps that you can download and use in the comfort of your own home. You Tube also have some great workout videos. You just need some time to trawl through them. 

Keep up the good work!

This weeks recipe:

Winter Salad - this is delicious as a side for grilled chicken or steak but it is also equally delicious as a meal in itself. I like to add some feta cheese to increase the protein in it. Leftovers also make a great lunchbox item!


  • 1 butternut squash, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 red onions, halved and cut into wedges
  • 4 parsnips, cut into wedges
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (try garlic or basil infused)
  • 1-2 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 small ciabatta, roughly torn into pieces (tomato and olive ciabatta works well)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds, optional
  • 225g bag leaf spinach
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Put the vegetables into a large roasting tin, drizzle with half the oil and season to taste. Roast for 20 mins, turning once in a while until softened. Drizzle with the honey. Scatter the torn ciabatta and sunfl ower seeds over the top and return to the oven for a further 5 mins or until toasted.
  2. Put the spinach into a large bowl and tip in the vegetables and ciabatta. Whisk the vinegar, mustard and remaining oil together, season to taste and toss into the salad until the spinach wilts slightly. Serve immediately.
Posted in Health & Nutrition By Lisa McAfee

Kevin Mc Afee - The new legislation is coming


Welcome to CleanChem!

CleanChem offers your business control, consistency and due diligence in today's challenging world of Health and Safety. Our process is very simple. We will customise a page with a unique username and password for your business within the CleanChem website offering customised links to industry standard, AS/NZ approved or HSNO standard products specific to your business needs. 

The CleanChem website gives each client specific control and consistency, be it for a single location or multiple sites throughout New Zealand. CleanChem also archives every order for you to show your history of purchases, giving you evidence of your ongoing commitment to supporting Health and Safety within your business in preparation for any health & safety audit or visit from Worksafe NZ

Understanding the new legislation is about process and accountability. You as a business owner are responsible for ensuring that you are doing everything possible to keep your teams safe and also that your employees are aware of their responsibilities in regard to health and safety. If a business fails to meet this standard of care, there can be significant consequences for employers and employees. CleanChem offers a high standard of due diligence and 100% support to both the employer and employee.

By October this year when the new health and safety legislation is expected to be passed through Parliament, CleanChem's consultancy role becomes more significant.  CleanChem will also meet this challenge through the introduction of innovative online health & safety software to support small to medium sized businesses who don't have the time, knowledge or resources for an in house Health and Safety Manager. This application which is currently being developed, will provide everything you need from company health & safety policy manuals, to every day documentation and checklists on what you should be doing to keep your business in line with the specific requirements of Health and Safety within your business. 

CleanChem was officially launched in March 2015 this year and to date we have supported several national companies in ensuring their personal protective clothing and equipment meets AS/NZ standards where applicable.  More recently Foodstuffs have seen the benefit in what is on offer and a majority of their sites are working withCleanChem

There is no doubt that New Zealand businesses are in for significant challenges with the new legislation in Health and Safety, which has real potential to create concern and frustration for employers and employees. The next twelve months is certainly going to be an exciting journey and CleanChem will be at the forefront of offering New Zealand's businesses health & safety support. 

Posted By Lisa McAfee

FAQ Chemicals

6/07/2015 7:36 AM

FAQs for test certifiers

Test certifier approvals

What is the renewal process for my current test certifier approval?

WorkSafe NZ will follow the same process that is currently used by the EPA when assessing a test certifier’s renewal application. An application form for a renewal and explanatory information will be available on the WorkSafe NZ website from 1 September 2014.

There will be no change to the fee for renewing a test certifier approval.


As a test certifier, how do I go about expanding the scope of my approval?

Test certifiers will make applications directly to WorkSafe NZ. An application form and explanatory information will be available on the WorkSafe NZ website from 1 September 2014. WorkSafe NZ will follow the same process that is currently used by the EPA when assessing an application to extend the scope of an approval.

There will be no change to the fee for extending the scope of a test certifier’s approval.


How should payment for an application be made?

From 1 September 2014, on receipt of an application, be it for a new approval, a renewal or an extension to an approval, WorkSafe NZ will send the test certifier an invoice. The test certifier will then pay on this invoice. There will be no need for the test certifier to enclose upfront payment with their application. This is a slight change to the process that the EPA has used when processing test certifier applications.


What will happen to the documentation that the EPA holds on my current test certifier approval?

Relevant information on your current approval (including renewals and extensions) that has previously been supplied to the EPA (and before that ERMA New Zealand), both in hard and electronic copy, will be transferred to WorkSafe NZ.

You should not need to resend information to WorkSafe NZ.


Will WorkSafe NZ maintain a register of test certifiers on their website?

Yes. There remains a statutory requirement to have a public register of approved test certifiers. From 1 September 2014, the register will be accessed through the WorkSafe NZ website. There will be no change to a test certifier’s current listing on the register unless specifically requested by the test certifier.


How can test certifiers update their details on the test certifier register?

From 1 September 2014, test certifiers can email the details of any change they wish to have made to: If you have a generic question that you would like included, please email it to us at


How will a test certifier renewing or expanding the scope of their approval, or someone seeking to become a test certifier, be notified of the decision of their application?

WorkSafe NZ will send the outcome of any decision on a test certifier application to the applicant in writing. The test certifier will also be advised either by email or phone prior to this formal notification. This is the same process followed by the EPA.


Will test certifiers receive a different approval certificate from WorkSafe NZ?

The certificate will be identical to the certificate a test certifier currently receives from the EPA, except that it will carry the WorkSafe NZ logo and contact details and will be signed by the Chief Executive of WorkSafe NZ.


From 1 September 2014, will there be any change in test certifier fees?

There will be no change to the application or annual maintenance fee for test certifiers.


Technical support to test certifiers

Will WorkSafe NZ continue to provide test certifier workshops?

WorkSafe NZ intends to hold test certifier workshops in 2014/15. Test certifiers will be provided with further details of these workshops in due course.


What is happening with the EPA’s 0800 number (0800 376 234)?

From 1 September 2014, the EPA’s 0800 number (0800 376 234) will take you through to a hazardous substance advisor at WorkSafe NZ. You will no longer be able to contact the EPA on this number. If you need to talk with someone at the EPA, call 04 916 2426. This will take you through to their main reception.

The 0800 number will be test certifiers first point of contact to WorkSafe NZ for all technical advice on hazardous substances, including test certification.


If I need to talk to a HSNO specialist, who do I contact?

From 1 September 2014, all technical enquiries to WorkSafe NZ relating to HSNO should be directed through the 0800 number (0800 376 234). Alternatively, you can email WorkSafe NZ on If you have a generic question that you would like included, please email it to us at


Issuing test certificates

Will there be any changes to issuing test certificates?

WorkSafe NZ will not make any changes to the way test certificates should be issued. Where the EPA has published a test certifier performance standard for issuing a test certificate, then it is expected that test certifiers will continue to follow this standard. Performance standards will continue to apply as if they had been issued by WorkSafe NZ.


Where can I find copies of test certifier performance standards?

Test certifier performance standards are currently available on the EPA’s website. From 1 September 2014, these standards will be available on the WorkSafe NZ website.


Should references to the HSNO Act and regulations change on test certificates being issued?

No. Until the new Health and Safety at Work regulatory framework comes into effect, test certificates will continue to be issued under the HSNO Act and test certifiers should continue to cite the relevant hazardous substance regulations as appropriate on the test certificates they issue.


Test certificate register

What will happen to my current login to the test certificate register?

The test certifier login (user name and password) procedure to access the test certificate register will not change. From 1 September 2014, test certifiers will continue to use the same login details that they used when the register was administered by the EPA.


If I’ve lost my password to the test certificate register, who should I contact from 1 September 2014?

Contact WorkSafe NZ on 0800 376 234 or email and request a new password.


Will I need to continue to use the test certificate register?

Yes. There remains a legal requirement to maintain a national register of test certificates. Test certifiers will be able to access the current register through the WorkSafe NZ website.


Investigating complaints made against test certifiers

What is WorkSafe NZ’s approach to investigating test certifiers?

Regulation 86 of the HSNO Act provides for the Authority to investigate any complaint made against a test certifier. The EPA uses standard processes when investigating complaints made against test certifiers. From 1 September 2014, WorkSafe NZ will follow these same processes. Therefore, there should be no change in approach by WorkSafe NZ when investigating a complaint.


What happens to ongoing investigations on complaints against a test certifier?

From 1 September 2014, any investigation that is ongoing (that is, where an investigation has begun but is not yet complete) will be transferred to WorkSafe NZ. These investigations will be progressed by WorkSafe NZ through to final resolution.


FAQs for regulatory change to the test certification regime

The following three FAQs relate to proposed changes to the test certification framework that are being progressed as part of the wider health and safety regulatory reform. Further information is provided in the discussion document Developing regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act, available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website. The Government’s current intention is for the proposed new Act and hazardous substances regulations to come into force on 1 April 2015.


What are the changes proposed to test certification?

In 2013, changes were proposed that would make improvements to the test certification regime by:

  • clarifying the EPA’s ability to employ additional test certifiers
  • improving the capability of test certifiers and
  • performing mandatory targeted auditing and applying sanctions to manage test certifier performance.


In July 2013, the Government agreed that changes be made, including providing the EPA with the following powers:

  • enabling them to employ or contract test certifiers
  • enabling them to impose conditions when approving a test certifier
  • enabling them to set mandatory performance standards for test certifiers
  • enabling mandatory performance- targeted auditing on a cost recovery basis
  • specifying mandatory data requirements for the test certificate register and requiring mandatory use of the register by test certifiers.


Subsequently, Cabinet agreed that these changes should be made to the test certification regime under the new Health and Safety at Work legislation, rather than the HSNO Act. These changes are proposed in the new Health and Safety at Work regulations for hazardous substances and would not come into effect until 1 April 2015 at the earliest.


Why is it necessary for WorkSafe NZ to appoint its own test certifiers?

The initial approval was for the EPA to be able to appoint its own test certifiers. Subsequently, Cabinet agreed that this power should be given to WorkSafe NZ as the future administrators of the test certification regime.

Enabling WorkSafe NZ to appoint their own test certifiers will allow them to provide cover in areas where only a few test certifiers are currently active. The test certification regime is particularly vulnerable in these areas should

those test certifiers stop practicing, for example through retirement. There are generally few new entrant test certifiers in these markets.

For those areas of test certification where there is an adequate number and supply of test certifiers (for example, issuing location test certificates), there should not be a need for WorkSafe NZ to maintain an in-house capability.

This change would not come into effect until 1 April 2015 at the earliest.


Why is there a proposal to cost recover the auditing of test certifiers?

For test certifiers, test certification is a business activity. As with any type of business that provides an independent third party verification service, auditing is an important part of the operation, both to demonstrate quality and to provide assurance to the regulator. Auditing costs are therefore a standard operating cost for that type of business. The regulator, if it were to fund the cost of auditing, is effectively providing a subsidy to the business.

A risk based auditing programme, where certifiers that perform well are audited less frequently than those who are not, introduces a financial incentive. Those who are performing well will benefit from comparatively lower auditing costs. Those who are not performing will be encouraged to reduce auditing costs through performance improvement.

This proposal is no different to that found in other regulatory frameworks that require the auditing of independent third party verifiers.

This change would not come into effect until 1 April 2015 at the earliest.


FAQs on compliance applications

The following FAQs that refer to an ‘application’ apply to all types of compliance applications that may be made directly by industry or through a test certifier. These applications are for:

  • a compliance plan for a stationary container system, a secondary containment system, or a tank wagon
  • a variation to separation distance or other matters
  • a waiver for removing a disused underground tank
  • a waiver to or variation of fire-fighting provisions for a stationary tank
  • a waiver to or variation of secondary containment requirements
  • approval of a burner, a vaporiser or fuel dispenser
  • an extension to a stationary container test certificate
  • an extension to a location test certificate
  • a waiver of pre-commissioning testing of a compressed gas cylinder
  • approval of a recognized inspection agency and
  • a controlled substance licence.


Where will application forms be found?

From 1 September 2014, all application forms and explanatory information currently on the EPA website will be available from the WorkSafe NZ website. These forms will have been refreshed to include the WorkSafe NZ contact details, but in all other respects will be the same.

If you have previously downloaded and saved the EPA forms to your computer’s desktop or network, you will need to replace these with the refreshed WorkSafe NZ forms.

All applications to WorkSafe NZ must be made using the refreshed WorkSafe NZ forms.


I’ve already sent in an application and payment to the EPA before 1 September 2014. Will I need to send another to WorkSafe NZ?

No. If you have a current application with the EPA it will be treated as if it were an application to WorkSafe NZ. The application will be transferred to WorkSafe NZ on 1 September 2014. You will not need to resubmit your application or make further payment. However, a WorkSafe NZ advisor will contact you if more information is needed to progress the application.


For an application to WorkSafe NZ, where do I send my application form?

From 1 September 2014, completed applications should be sent to:

WorkSafe New Zealand
Certifications, Approvals and Registrations team
PO Box 165

These contact details will be on each application form.


From 1 September 2014, will there be any change to the cost of a compliance application?

There will be no change to the cost for a compliance application. A copy of the hazardous substance compliance fee schedule is available on the EPA website. From 1 September 2014, the fee schedule will also be available on the WorkSafe NZ website.


FAQs on controlled substance licences

How do I apply for a controlled substance licence?

Applications for a new controlled substance licence (CSL), or a renewal or extension to a CSL, should be made through a test certifier. Applicants for a CSL are recommended to work with the test certifier who issued their approved handler test certificate. From 1 September 2014, the test certifier will submit your application to WorkSafe NZ. Assuming your application is approved, the CSL will be issued by WorkSafe NZ.


Do I need to contact a test certifier for a controlled substance licence?

It is advisable to make your application for a controlled substance licence (CSL) through a test certifier. The test certifier will help you put together all the information you need and they will submit the application on your behalf.


Who do I contact to replace a lost or stolen controlled substance licence?

From 1 September 2014, all enquiries regarding lost or stolen controlled substance licences (CSL) should be addressed to WorkSafe NZ. Contact the 0800 number (0800 376 234) or email WorkSafe NZ on If you have a generic question that you would like included, please email it to us at

To replace a lost or stolen CSL, you will need to complete an application form. From 1 September 2014, this form will be available on the WorkSafe NZ website. The completed application form should be submitted to:

WorkSafe New Zealand 
Certifications, Approvals and Registrations team
PO Box 165

There is a fee for replacing a lost or stolen CSL.


Are the criteria for the fit and proper person test going to change for controlled substance licence applications?

The guidance booklet for making a controlled substance licence (CSL) application (published by the EPA) includes criteria for the fit and proper person test. These criteria will continue to be used by WorkSafe NZ when assessing applications for a CSL.

From 1 September 2014, the guidance booklet will be available from the WorkSafe NZ website.


What happens to ongoing controlled substance licence applications?

From 1 September 2014, all ongoing controlled substance licence (CSL) applications (that is, any applications received but not yet completed) will be transferred to WorkSafe NZ. Each application will be completed by WorkSafe NZ. If approved, the CSL will be issued by WorkSafe NZ.

If more information is needed by WorkSafe NZ to progress your application for a CSL (for example, the Police have opposed your application), a WorkSafe NZ advisor will contact you.


FAQs for hazardous substance users

Who do I contact to get a test certificate?

Test certificates are issued by test certifiers. A test certifier is an independent person who has been approved to issue test certificates. The test certifier will tell you what information you need to give them to issue you with a test certificate.

A list of test certifiers is currently available on the EPA website. From 1 September 2014, the list of test certifiers will be available on the WorkSafe NZ website.


Where do I find information on the controls for hazardous substances?

Information on the controls for approved hazardous substances is available from the EPA website. This includes information on the safe use, handling and storage of hazardous substances.


Where do I find compliance information and codes of practice for the hazardous substances I use?

From 1 September 2014, information on the use of hazardous substances in the workplace, including relevant codes of practice, will be available on the WorkSafe NZ website. Information and codes of practice for non- workplace use of hazardous substances (for example, the code of practice for retail fireworks) will be available on the EPA website.


Where can I get a copy of the Hazardous Substance Toolbox and other printed guidance material?

Copies of the Toolbox and other printed guidance material for using hazardous substances in the workplace can be obtained by calling 0800 376 234.

You can also order the Toolbox through the  Hazardous Substances Toolbox website


My product label or safety data sheet is non-compliant. Who should I report this to?

You should contact your supplier in the first instance and ask them to provide you with a compliant label or safety data sheet.

If your supplier does not provide you with this information, you should report the non- compliance to WorkSafe NZ on their general 0800 number (0800 030 040).


How do I report a concern about a test certifier?

From 1 September 2014, complaints or concerns about the work of a test certifier should be reported to WorkSafe NZ.

You can either write to: The Manager, Technical Services, WorkSafe NZ, PO Box 165, Wellington, or email If you have a generic question that you would like included, please email it to us at

When contacting us, please include your name and contact details and a description and date of the problem.


Posted in Cleaning Chemicals By Lisa McAfee

Winter Wellbeing Tip #5

7/07/2015 4:02 PM

Last Thursday marked the middle of the year - times flies, it will be Christmas before we know it! But lets not dwell on that thought for now. 

Our Winter Wellbeing Tip #5 is to dose up on vitamins and minerals in order to stay healthy and ward off the Winter ills. While supplements are an easy way to do this, I also encourage you to get vitamins and minerals by eating a range of leafy greens and red and yellow vegetables. 

This weeks recipe can easily be adapted to include leafy greens as well whatever red and yellow vegetables you have on hand or feel like. 


Quinoa with Stir-Fried Winter Vegetables


  • 200g quinoa
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, cut into thin sticks
  • 300g leeks, sliced
  • 300g broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 100g sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • juice 1 lemon


  1. Cook the quinoa according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat 3 tbsp of the oil in a wok or large pan, then add the garlic and quickly fry for 1 min. Throw in the carrots, leeks and broccoli, then stir-fry for 2 mins until everything is glistening.
  2. Add the sundried tomatoes, mix together the stock and tomato purée, then add to the pan. Cover, then cook for 3 mins. Drain the quinoa, then toss in the remaining oil and the lemon juice. Divide between warm plates and spoon the vegetables on top.
Posted in Health & Nutrition By Lisa McAfee

Winter Wellbeing Tip #6

14/07/2015 8:57 AM

Well we have had a cold frosty blast hit the country this past week, I don't think anyone has been spared and snow has been falling in some unusual places! Make sure you stay wrapped up warm wherever you are in the country. 

Winter Wellbeing Tip #6: Stay Hydrated

Try to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Try hot water with lemon if its too hard to drink cold water on cool Wintery days; or if you don't enjoy plain water try adding, lemon, lime, cucumber or mint leaves to a jug of water and drink that throughout the day. 

This weeks recipe - Winter Fruit Salad

This recipe makes a tasty healthy dessert as well as a lovely accompaniment to your morning muesli with a dash of greek yghurt.


  • 600g good-quality ready-to-eat dried fruits (such as prunes, pears, apricots, figs cranberries)
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • mascarpone or Greek yogurt, to serve


  1. Tip the fruits and 700ml cold water into a large saucepan. Add the honey and vanilla, scraping the seeds from the pod into the pan. Bring to the boil. Stir well, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until slightly syrupy.
  2. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the tea bag. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
  3. Discard the tea bag and vanilla pod, tip the fruits and liquid into a non-metallic bowl and pour over the lemon juice. Stir, then leave to cool. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Posted in Health & Nutrition By Lisa McAfee

Winter Wellbeing Tip #7

21/07/2015 10:44 AM

Winter Wellness Tip Number 7: Rest Up

The tip for this week comes after we had a well deserved few days off in the Wintery Wonderland of Queenstown where it even snowed for us! (Yes, this is a novelty for an Aucklander!)

You don't always need to go away on holiday for a break or a rest, although it is nice!

Try to get plenty of sleep, around 8 hours per night, and don't burn the candle at both ends. If you become run down you are more likely to get sick. 

If you find it difficult to get to sleep at night, try to limit your time in front of the television or on your phone, as these devices can over stimulate us if used too close to trying to go to sleep. Try reading a book last thing at night instead to relax. 

This weeks recipe if a really simple, one dish meal that is quick to throw together. It also makes for great leftovers to take to work the next day.

Sweet chilli chicken


  •   600 g skinless chicken breast   
  •  2 tbs soy sauce   
  •  1 tbs honey   
  •   2 clove(s) fresh garlic, crushed   
  •   1 tsp fresh ginger, grated   
  •   600 g  potato, (preferably desiree), unpeeled, sliced   
  •   1 medium red onion, thinly sliced   
  •   2 bunches of fresh asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 4cm lengths   
  •  4 tbs reduced-fat French dressing   
  •  1 tbs sweet chilli sauce   


  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a roasting pan with non-stick baking paper. Place the chicken in a bowl. Add the soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger. Toss to combine.

  • Place the potato and onion over the base of prepared pan. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Place the chicken on top of the potato mixture and bake for a further 20 minutes.

  • Add asparagus to pan and bake for 10 minutes or until chicken is brown and tender. Cut chicken in half horizontally.

  • Combine dressing and sweet chilli sauce in a bowl. Serve with chicken and potato bake.


Posted in Health & Nutrition By Lisa McAfee

Company to pay $66,799.50 after employee shot by nail gun

15 July 2015

VIP Frames & Trusses Limited has been ordered by the Court to pay $$66,799.50 after an employee was seriously injured when a nail shot from a nail gun hit him in the chest. The nail punctured his pericardium and lung, and narrowly missed his heart. The nail was subsequently removed in surgery.

VIP Frames & Trusses Limited was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court today after pleading guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, for failing to take all practicable steps to keep an employee safe at work and failing to notify WorkSafe of another serious harm incident in 2013 where an employee fractured a thumb. They were ordered to pay $9,000 reparation to the victim, in addition to $6,000 already ordered by the Employment Relations Authority, a $46,962 fine in respect of breach of section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and a $10,837.50 fine for failing to notify.

The manufacturing company produces pre-fabricated steel and wooden building frames and trusses for the construction industry. The incident occurred on 29 January 2014 when two employees - one a contractor - were working with nail guns on opposite sides of a frame. This practice is called cross nailing. The contractor, who was still in training, failed to correctly line up his nail gun and misfired, hitting the injured worker in the chest with a nail.

The incident caused the injured worker significant emotional and physical harm, and financial stress. He could not return to work following the incident, and was told via text message that he was locked out of the workplace premise. He has also been verbally abused and ostracised by former work mates.

WorkSafe’s investigation found that while VIP Frames & Trusses Limited did have health and safety systems in place, there were a number of breaches. They failed to ensure that the standard operating procedure for nail guns was adequate, they failed to prohibit cross-nailing, and failed to ensure that the production line allowed operators enough time to check that no one was in the line of fire before compressing the trigger of a nail gun.

“Nail guns are an obvious hazard,” says Keith Stewart, WorkSafe Chief Inspector. “VIP Frames & Trusses Limited’s safety procedures should have ensured that employees knew never to point nail guns at each other and that they first checked it was safe before pulling a nail gun trigger.”

“They also should have ensured their training programme was followed, that trainees were properly supervised and assessed, and that their hazard register identified all known nail gun hazards.”

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Posted By Lisa McAfee

Progress of the legislation

22/07/2015 6:53 AM

Progress of the legislation

The Bill is currently before parliament. The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee has a revised report back of 24 July 2015 and then the Bill will continue its progression through the parliamentary process. There will be adequate time of some months between when the Bill is passed and when it comes into force to make sure duty holders are aware of their responsibilities under the new law.

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Winter Wellbeing Tip #8

27/07/2015 8:09 PM

Winter Wellness Tip Number 8:

I hope everyone has been keeping well and warm. It feels like the weeks are flying by, before we know it we will hit the warmer weather again!

This weeks tip is: To Quit Smoking

This is a very difficult one but also an extremely important one. It is one of the best things that you can do for your health. Smokers are more susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections which tend to be more prevalent in Winter months. 

If you require support to quit smoking  - look up They have some great resources available. 

This weeks recipe is a simple one but really tasty and quick to whip up for either lunch or a light dinner. To make it a more filling meal, add a bowl of soup.

Cheese, spinach, tomato and bacon toastie


  •  1 tsp canola oil   
  •   4 slices of Bacon   
  •   3 cup(s) baby spinach leaves, (90g)   
  •  180 g wholegrain bread, (4 x 45g each)   
  •   1 small fresh tomato, vine-ripened, thinly sliced   
  •  42 g cheddar cheese, (2 slices)  
  • 1. Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Cook bacon, turning, for 2–3 minutes or until golden and crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. 

  • 2. Reheat pan over high heat. Cook spinach with 1 tablespoon water for 1–2 minutes or until wilted. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Cover spinach with extra paper towel and press with the back of a large spoon to squeeze out excess liquid. Discard paper towels.

  • 3. Preheat a sandwich press. Place two slices of bread on a flat surface. Top each with bacon, wilted spinach, tomato and cheese. Cover with remaining bread slices. Cook for 4–5 minutes or until toasted and heated through. Serve.
Posted in Health & Nutrition By Lisa McAfee

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