Occupational Health Services

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requires employers and others to maintain safe working environments and implement sound practice with an emphasis on the systematic management of health and safety at work. Nelson Nursing Services Ltd (NNS) has an interdisciplinary team of health professionals that include Occupational Health nurses, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists  who can help you to meet the requirements of the Act either as a ‘one-off’ review or an ongoing package of services tailored to your work environment and needs.

NNS Occupational Health Services include:

Pre-employment Health Screening which identifies pre-existing health problems:


Click here to read the comprehensive list of our Occupational Health Services

 New Zealand Occupational Health Nurses Association

We can help you meet the guidance that you have been given from 

Worksafe New Zealand

 Worksafe New Zealand

Annual Health Testing

A programme of annual health testing for your employees which can include vision, hearing and lung function tests, blood pressure testing, screening for diabetes and cholesterol and an opportunity for employees to discuss health issues.

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Workplace Drug Testing

Employees affected by drugs can expose themselves and workmates to accidents and danger. We carry out on-site (instant result) tests which are validated and reliable. Pre-employment, post incident or accident and random tests are all available 24/7. These tests allow an employer to take immediate and appropriate action. Both the instant and laboratory tests conform to Australia and New Zealand Standard for Alcohol and Drug Screening (2008).

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Workplace drug and alcohol testing detects certain drugs, or their metabolites, in samples such as urine, oral fluid or hair.

Our testing may indicate that an employee’s ability to carry out their duties safely is compromised, presenting a danger not only to the employee but also potentially to work colleagues and the public.
We can work with clients from any sector or organisation to test for drugs that impair performance including alcohol, illicit drugs and certain legal drugs.

Not only can a comprehensive programme help employers to meet their statutory obligation to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees while at work, it can also help reduce staff turnover, increase productivity and improve a company’s reputation by supporting better customer service.

Our procedures are accredited by International Accreditation New Zealand to AS/NZS 4308:2008 ‘Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs of abuse in urine’.

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Testing methods

Nelson Nursing Service is proud to use the laboratory services of the ESR and Canterbury Health Laboratories. 



ESR is one of only two New Zealand laboratories that has specific accreditation for workplace drug testing under the New Zealand and Australian standard AS/NZS 4308:2008.


ESR Drug Testing Methods and their approcimate detection periods

Urine testing

Testing urine is the most commonly used method for detecting drug use in the workplace. It can be used to detect drug use over a period of time from just a few hours to several days. Urine testing can test for specific drugs and drug metabolites – the substances formed as the drug is used by the body. ESR can provide screening and confirmation testing according to AS/NZS 4308:2008.

Alcohol testing

Testing for breath alcohol is the preferred option for most workplace alcohol testing purposes. ESR can supply breath-testing devices that comply with the Australian standard (AS 3547: 1997, Type 2 Quantitative ‘Breath alcohol testing devices for personal use’) and are suitable for use in a workplace. 

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Breath Test 


Canterbury Health Laboratories

Canterbury Health Laboratories provide a complete range of laboratory services to Canterbury District Health Board. These services encompass both core laboratory and specialist testing on a 24 hour, seven-day basis.

Canterbury Health Laboratories' main site is at Christchurch Hospital with a satellite laboratory operating at Ashburton Hospital.

Canterbury Health Laboratories also provides specialist testing for all North and South Island DHBs and community laboratories. Work is referred to Canterbury Health Laboratories from approximately 35 hospitals and private laboratories.



Ergonomic Workplace Checks

People can tolerate small departures from optimal designs of equipment and the environments in which they work. However, beyond this there is a cost in terms of efficiency, discomfort and the potential for accidents and injury.

These problems can be avoided and resolved if an ergonomics approach is used. NNS mainly deals with office workspaces, and our specialist nurse and/or occupational therapist will visit your workplace to advise on seating and desk setup, light and noise exposure and ways to minimize staff exposure to strains and repetitive actions. Our occupational therapist can advise on equipment for special situations such as the return to work of an injured employee.


 is proud to be part of the National Occupational Health Network: http://www.occnet.co.nz/index.php/network


National Occupational Health Network

Health Education

Our occupational health nurse offers a range of health education initiatives including wellness checks, information on lifestyle issues, ideas for incorporating exercise into the working day, improving diet and first aid and CPR. The importance of regular health screening tests and skin protection are also promoted.


If you have any other Occupational Health needs please contact our reception:
email Keith@NelsonNursingService.co.nz  or phone (03) 547 2814 

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Vaccination: Influenza, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus and Polio

Location:Your workplace, home or our clinic
Funded: Patient, Employer



Our nurses strongly advice "don't let the Flu get you this winter - get your vaccination now" we are visiting workplaces for group vaccination or you can simply phone & book an appointment at our clinic.

Contact with the influenza virus is almost unavoidable, and while contact does not necessarily mean infection, it does mean that you are never far from the possibility of catching it.

Influenza, commonly called the flu, can be a serious illness that is sometimes fatal. Infection with the influenza virus may lead to a stay in hospital for any age group but particularly if you are elderly or have an ongoing medical condition. Influenza can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, a lot worse.

Even if you do not end up in hospital, influenza can keep you in bed for a week or more, preventing you from doing work, sport or just about anything that requires leaving the house.

You can protect yourself and the people around you by getting your annual influenza immunisation, just like over a million other kiwis do each year. Ref Ministry of Health

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Hepatitis A


Hepatitis is a viral disease that attacks the liver. There are several types of viral hepatitis, labelled A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis A is transferred through the faecal-oral route either by contact with contaminated food and water with an infected person. The illness is self-limiting and does not cause a chronic infection.

Prevent Hepatitis A from spreading:

  • Thorough hand-washing using soap and water:
  • After using the toilet or changing nappies
  • Before and after preparing food
  • Before eating
  • Immunisation against hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B


Hepatitis B virus or HBV is very infectious and is spread from person to person through bodily fluids including blood, semen, and vaginal fluids. People who are infected with hepatitis B can either develop an acute illness in which they become sick soon after infection or a chronic illness in which the illness does not begin to affect them for a longer period of time with more serious complications. People with chronic hepatitis B infection are likely to suffer from liver disease or liver cancer which can be life threatening. Infected infants and young children are at higher risk for developing chronic disease. Hepatitis B cannot be cured but can be prevented with a vaccine.


  • There is an effective vaccine available to prevent hepatitis B.
  • Contacts and family members of infected persons should practice strict hygiene measures.
  • Avoid injection drug use.
  • Engage in safe sex practices including use of condoms.



Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is caused by the action of tetanus toxin released by a spore-forming bacillus called Clostridium tetani. The bacillus and spores are found the soil around the world. Many animals, in addition to humans, can carry the bacillus and its spores in their gastrointestinal tract and excrete them in faeces. Tetanus occurs after the bacillus and/or spores are introduced into the body through a wound and release a toxin that affects the nervous system.

A person or animal with tetanus is not infectious. Having tetanus does not usually generate immunity to the disease.


Preventing Tetanus from spreading.


It is not possible to eliminate Clostridium tetani from the environment. All wounds require adequate cleaning and removal of damaged tissue. Additional treatment depends on the circumstances of each case.

A complete primary course of three doses of tetanus containing vaccine and appropriate administration of booster doses provides protection against the toxin released by the spores but will not stop infection with the bacillus and/or spores, their germination or toxin release.

Tetanus immunoglobulin (TIG), derived from human blood donations, must be given to any person who has not completed three doses of vaccine before getting a high tetanus risk wound. The person should also start a course of tetanus containing vaccines or continue their course of tetanus containing vaccines until they have had three doses.

A person who has completed three doses of tetanus containing vaccine before having a high tetanus risk wound may benefit from a booster with a tetanus containing vaccine if they have not had a tetanus containing vaccine in the previous five years.


A person who has completed three doses of tetanus containing vaccine before having a low tetanus risk wound may benefit from a booster with a tetanus containing vaccine if they have not had a tetanus containing vaccine in the previous 10 years.

People in certain occupations and travellers may also benefit from tetanus vaccine booster doses when more than 10 years have elapsed since their previous dose.


IPOL Inactivated Poliomyelitis Vaccine

Consumer Medicine Information:  Ipol.pdf


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