Welcome to QEC

 

Established in 1997, QEC is a specialised regulatory and technical consultancy, working across the fields of environmental, safety, hazardous substances, food safety and quality management.

 

  We provide consultancy, training, auditing, assessment and certification services throughout New Zealand.
  Our staff are experienced and tertiary qualified.
  Our health and safety system is accredited to tertiary WSMP standard.
  We are a registered Private Training Establishment, and approved trainer for the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.
  We are executive committee members of the NZIHSM and members of NZISM.
  We certify approved handlers, locations and stationary containers under HSNO.
  We are an accredited agent for the Warranty Standards certification programme.

 

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Don’t be blasé about toxic fumes and confined spaces
 
Waterproofing company Gunac Hawke’s Bay Limited was fined $33,750 on the 16 February 2015 and ordered to pay reparation of $2,500 after an employee was overcome by toxic fumes.


The worker was applying chemical to the inside of a grain silo. He was wearing a respirator, but did not have a solvent filter available and so used a dust filter. That meant he was exposed to the toxic solvent fumes.

 
The worker spent more than six hours working by himself, and was found unconscious and unresponsive on the bottom of the silo. He was taken to Hospital where he was diagnosed as suffering from the toxic effect of carbon monoxide and “other gases, fumes and vapours”.


The company pleaded guilty for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure that its employee was not exposed to the hazard of working with solvents in a confined space. The company was charged under sections 6 and 50 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act.


The company had not trained its employees in working in confined spaces and did not have an operating procedure for the task.

 

Don’t let this happen to you. Contact us for the following:


• Confined space training
• Permit to work training
• Auditing of your permit to work or confined space processes
• Monitoring of solvent, dust, noise levels in the workplace
• Procedural development
• Further advice

 

info@qec.co.nz

The Safety Star Rating Scheme 

The Safety Star Rating Scheme (SSRS) is part of the Government’s Working Safer reform package – the most significant package of changes to New Zealand’s workplace health and safety in the past 20 years. The goal of the changes is to achieve a 25 per cent reduction in serious injuries and deaths in the workplace by 2020. The SSRS is being developed by WorkSafe NZ, ACC and MBIE.

The Safety Star Rating Scheme will be a voluntary incentive scheme to recognise, reward and support businesses with robust health and safety performance. Benefits for members will include levy discounts, improved reputation and procurement advantages. Members will receive an independent assessment of their health and safety performance so that they can continuously improve and have increased confidence in meeting regulatory requirements.

Over the last few months WorkSafe NZ, ACC and MBIE have been working with health and safety experts and business and worker representatives to develop and test the Safety Star Rating Scheme.

The scheme assesses effective worker engagement, leadership commitment, risk management and evidence that the business is continuously learning about health and safety. It looks at the risk management system across a business, and how priority health and safety risks are managed in practice at all levels of the business. Leadership, worker engagement, injury and ill health prevention, improved rehabilitation, and return-to-work are prominent.

If you would like to discuss how you can begin the process to move your health and safety management programme into the safety star scheme, contact us for more information lpeake@qec.co.nz

 

Safeguard 2015 NZ Workplace Health & Safety Awards

The 2015 awards are now open for entries. The awards were first run in 2005.

 

The act of preparing an entry is an opportunity to reflect on what has gone well, and what were the key factors in your success. Such reflection can only be a good thing.

 

This year entries close on Friday 10 April. Please set aside a pleasant hour or two to contemplate which of your successful initiatives over the last year or so you'd like to enter.

 

Also, think about people you have encountered who you'd like to nominate, either as an OHS practitioner, or as an influential employee, or a senior executive or director who has championed the OHS cause.

 

If you would like our assistance in preparing your entry contact us info@qec.co.nz.

 

We know from experience that the bulk of entries arrive in a rush just before the deadline - but to avoid unnecessary panic (on our part and yours) please start the process a little earlier than that.

 

Now would be good.

 

The Safety Star Rating Scheme 

The Safety Star Rating Scheme (SSRS) is part of the Government’s Working Safer reform package – the most significant package of changes to New Zealand’s workplace health and safety in the past 20 years. The goal of the changes is to achieve a 25 per cent reduction in serious injuries and deaths in the workplace by 2020. The SSRS is being developed by WorkSafe NZ, ACC and MBIE.

 

The Safety Star Rating Scheme will be a voluntary incentive scheme to recognise, reward and support businesses with robust health and safety performance. Benefits for members will include levy discounts, improved reputation and procurement advantages. Members will receive an independent assessment of their health and safety performance so that they can continuously improve and have increased confidence in meeting regulatory requirements.

 

Over the last few months WorkSafe NZ, ACC and MBIE have been working with health and safety experts and business and worker representatives to develop and test the Safety Star Rating Scheme.

 

The scheme assesses effective worker engagement, leadership commitment, risk management and evidence that the business is continuously learning about health and safety. It looks at the risk management system across a business, and how priority health and safety risks are managed in practice at all levels of the business. Leadership, worker engagement, injury and ill health prevention, improved rehabilitation, and return-to-work are prominent.

 

If you would like to discuss how you can begin the process to move your health and safety management programme into the safety star scheme, contact us for more information lpeake@qec.co.nz

 

“Due to our committed staff and strong Health & Safety systems in place, QEC’s continuing excellence in Health & Safety was again confirmed by ACC with our successful renewal of our accreditation status at Tertiary level to ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices on the 1st July 2014”