Keeping Your Workforce Well   

Tauranga and Rotorua Occupational Health Services 



 We are now in TWO locations ROTORUA and TAURANGA in addition to our site at Central Health 1181 Amohia Street Rotorua, we have a new site at 109 Chadwick Road, Greerton Tauranga. We can offer a full range of services at both sites.

Consult rooms now available for hire for medical providers - much more cost effective compared to leasing a room permanently. Rates available on request. 

Respiratory Fit Testing! We are now an approved provider for respiratory mask fit testing and can provide annual mask fit tests and certification. 

Spring is here! 

It is the time of year for colourful blooming flowers, baby animals… and red puffy eyes. 

Hay fever is the common name to describe allergic rhinitis and involves a recurrent runny, stuffy, itchy nose, and frequent sneezing. It can also affect your eyes, sinuses, throat and ears. 

I
f allergic rhinitis is severe and untreated:

· You may sleep poorly, which can leave you feeling tired during the day.

· You may be more prone to sinus infections and eye
infections

· If you have asthma, allergic rhinitis can make your asthma symptoms more difficult to control

Antihistamine and Nasal Sprays can be helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms of hay fever. Eye drops may be recommended to use in conjunction with antihistamines to alleviate red, itchy eyes. These can all be purchased from your pharmacist.

Fit testing for Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

As per the AS/NZS 1715 standard, respirator fit testing is recommended to be
incorporated into an employers health monitoring program if workers are required to wear half masks or full faced respirators at work due to the hazards in the
workplace.

Fit testing ensures that workers respiratory protective equipment is the correct size, seal and fit. Facial characteristics vary from person to person and it is unlikely that one model and size of RPE will fit every employee the same. RPE must be
appropriate for the size of the persons face and create a tight seal around the face to be effective.

Fit testing should be completed annually or if there is a change in equipment used or a significant change to the
employee’s facial characteristics such as weight loss, gain or dental work. 

Our nurses  are appropriately trained as per the standards and able to provide qualitative fit testing that involves a 25 minute test that includes education and training around the use, maintenance and storage of RPE and a practical test
involving smell and taste to ensure the correct fit of allocated RPE.