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Mark Hamilton: MBC Environmental Solutions Director

The Influencers Column: Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton: MBC Environmental Solutions Director
Mark Hamilton: MBC Environmental Solutions Director

If you own, manage or occupy a building that’s a workplace, you should be up to speed with some regulations that will affect you. On Wednesday 4 April, 2018, important sections of the Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations came in to force. There has been a two-year grace period to get organised and the deadline is now here.
What does this mean for you? In short, if you know (or ought to know!) that asbestos is likely to be present in your building, you need to be actively managing it. You should be well on your way to preparing an Asbestos Management Plan by now.
This important document outlines where asbestos is and how it will be managed. It must include information about the location, how you will manage associated risks, what procedures you’ll follow if you need to disturb it, how you record incidents and emergencies relating to it and a timetable for activities, such as regular reviews.
Anyone undertaking maintenance or repairs in your workplace should be asking for a copy of your Asbestos Management Plan, prior to commencing works, to ensure they don’t expose themselves or others to asbestos.
WorkSafe has produced some great guidance on the new requirements. Check out their website for more information. Ignorance will no longer be accepted as an excuse for not actively managing New Zealand’s number one workplace killer: asbestos exposure. Be proactive and don’t get caught out.

Rock Solid Fencing

Contemporary fencing solutions: talk to Rock Solid Fencing for your next project

When it comes to fencing, there are choices about heights, colours and materials. Whether you choose panel, wood, glass or metal, the number of individual looks and styles is huge – and that’s after you consider whether you want a vertical or horizontal look.

Rock Solid Fencing

No two days are the same for Rock Solid Fencing, a company with more than 15 years’ experience based in North Canterbury, working throughout the Canterbury region.
Each material has its own benefits; glass makes a great barrier without blocking any visuals; colour panel is very contemporary and can be matched to most colour steel roof colours; traditional pool fencing is no longer just for pools – it can be used to take advantage of a vista like a river or park at the edge of a property; and by choosing something that is not the standard black, you can create a unique look, such as white tubular, which offers a cutting-edge contemporary style.
Older pillar style fences can be modernised by reviving the fence panels between, capitalising on a base that is already there. Fencing can also provide solutions in areas not normally considered. “We recently fenced a small concrete area beside a house to keep children safe,” says Amy Collins of Rock Solid Fencing.
“It was not a boundary fence, but it was a fantastic solution for the family – keeping the young ones where they should be and tidying up the surrounding area, all the while adding value to the property in the long term.”
Visit office@rocksolidfencing.co.nz.

Electrical Testing Services

Exceptional electrical services: Electrical Testing Services can make it easy to keep things in tip top shape

Let’s face it, keeping compliant with workplace safety requirements takes precious time away from things you’d rather be doing in your prized business, but Electrical Testing Services (ETS) is here to ease that aggravation.

Electrical Testing Services

Covering New Zealand and Australia for all aspects of electrical, testing and tagging, fire safety, thermal imaging and emergency lighting, Damian Lyons of ETS in Christchurch is excited to offer its services in Queenstown and surrounds.
“Our systems and procedures are highly recognised by regulatory bodies in New Zealand.”
Senior Electrician Chris Sears, a ‘Lakelander’ for almost a year, hails from the UK by way of Australia. A Level One Accredited Thermographer and qualified electrician, Chris is a very rare bird indeed in these parts, specialising in thermal imaging for commercial switchboards. Chris will travel to your workplace, with no call out fees or travel time charged. Whatever your business size, Chris responds quickly to your requests and offers a ‘reactive service’ should you need him urgently.
Regular tool checks are another big overhead and you might be hesitant to do it, but there is no escape from WorkSafe requirements. Tempted to invest in a home-testing kit? A session with the calculator will reveal the savings available in using ETS. Still not convinced? Damian says the first 20 checks are free.
ETS also has its own range of emergency lights and can supply or supply and install for almost half the price of others. See the full range of services at www.electricaltesting.co.nz or www.emergencylighting.co.nz.