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HSWA Context

Earthquakes are recognised by WorkSafe NZ as a workplace hazard. “Objects within workplaces such as bookcases, fridges or other heavy furniture remain the responsibility of tenants and occupants. Anchoring such objects to sturdy building elements to ensure they cannot move or fall on people during an earthquake is a common way of addressing these risks. Failure to identify and properly manage these types of risks is a breach of HSWAWorkSafe June 2018

Services aligned with HSWA defined risk management process to be followed by PCBU.

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HSWA Risk management process for PCBU

Aligned service offer

Duty to identify hazards

Earthquake Hazard Assessment

Implement control measures

Install Seismic Restraints

Duty to provide training

Staff Safety Training

Duty to review control measures

Annual Seismic WOF Audit

Duty to maintain effective control measures

Service Level Agreement services

 HSWA Compliance Services

 Earthquake Hazard Assessment

We assess building contents based on NZS-4104 “Seismic Restraint of Building Contents” requirements. Recommend appropriate seismic restraint control measures with costings. We also assess Tsunami zones, liquefaction, earthquake prone buildings and other manmade hazards.

Seismic Restraints

We supply and install NZS-4104 compliant seismic restraints to minimise earthquake hazards identified in the Earthquake Hazard Assessment. Seismic WOF supplied on completion of all works.

Staff Safety Training 

Staff safety training is an effective tool to mitigate the human factors associated with emergency response.  Our interactive 60-minute earthquake safety training module includes:

  • Personal responsibility – situational awareness
  • What to do when the shaking starts
  • More importantly, what to do when the shaking stops
  • Tsunami evacuation options
  • Building evacuation decision matrix
  • Safest walk home route practical planning (optional 30-minute module)
  • Other training services include: Emergency Warden, Spill Response & Radio Communication.

Annual Seismic WOF Audit  

On average 6-8 percent of office fittings are replaced or moved each year due to staff changes and equipment updates. Annual WOF audits identify new or relocated items that require seismic restraint and check that existing restraints remain fit for purpose. New WOF issued on completion of identified remedial works.   


Service Level Agreement - Always Ready – Always Compliant

“We expect you to proactively manage earthquake risks arising from objects in and around workplace buildings on a regular and ongoing basis.”WorkSafe

We deliver tailored ongoing support solutions to prevent degradation of seismic safety programs over time. This generally includes scheduled Staff Safety Training, WOF audits and seismic restraint maintenance. We can also include Business Continuity Planning as part of this service.

  • Client benefits include:   
  • Reduced earthquake related hazards to improve life safety  
  • Reduced property damage to enable a faster recovery of business operations 
  • More effective emergency response with scheduled Staff Safety Training
  • Documentation to demonstrate due diligence for HSWA compliance purposes 
  • Continuity of earthquake safety programs in the event of client staff turnover  
  • Convenient OPEX monthly payments for ease of budgeting  
  • Administrative efficiencies reducing correspondence, quotes and purchase orders 


Structural Health Monitoring Service (SHMS)

Co-founders of Global Seismic Data. Providing almost real time building seismic performance information via an alerting app. This allows rapid informed building re-occupancy decisions following any level of earthquake.

Working in conjunction with leading engineers, we place several Seismic Data Sensors TM throughout the structure or building. SHMS continuously monitors movement and analyses building performance against engineering parameters.