NZIS advocates best practice for health and safety and is committed to ensuring members are kept abreast of the new Health and Safety reform.
The Act is wide-ranging with the aim of addressing New Zealand’s poor health and safety record. It will have wide-reaching implications and requirements for not only individuals and employees but also for businesses both large and small. Individual obligations and liabilities are one of the new features of the legislation that everyone needs to be aware of.
The key intents of the Act are to ensure employers provide and maintain a workplace that is safe and without risk to health and that workers care for themselves and other people in the workplace as well as observing and respecting all safety rules, directions and requirements relating to health and safety.
Key points to be aware of:
- Change in terms: The new Act changes the terms currently used for employers and employees and expands the definition of an officer
- Definition of employee is expanded: An employee includes permanent employees; contractors; temporary workers; sub-contractors; labour-hire workers; students gaining work experience and apprentices.
- You are individually liable: Individual people now have a responsibility for their health and safety and personal liability. This differs from previously where businesses carried the liability.
- Specific responsibilities: There are responsibilities under the Act specific to workers, Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) (ie an employer) and Officers (ie a person who makes or participates in making decisions that affect the whole or a substantial part of the business of the organization or who has the capacity to significantly affect the organisation’s financial standing).
- Right to information: Workers have a right to health and safety information, training, and systems provided by PCBUs.
- You can refuse to do work : The Act gives Workers the right to refuse to do work they think is likely to seriously harm them.
Following an Earthquake
- Are you struggling to understand your obligations when it comes to workplace health and safety?
- NZ Foreign Affairs and Trade - Important post-earthquake information
- NZ Institute of Building Surveyors
- ICNZ – Insurance Council of New Zealand
- Earthquake Advisory: Update No 2 – 16th November 2016 Public Health Messages
- Assistance after a natural disaster or major event
- Building Code Update 203: Two new geotechnical guidance modules released by MBIE and
- Drugs, Alcohol and Work – support on workplace policies, testing, rehabilitation and training and awareness (MBIE)
Download the Worksafe guides from Attachments below.
- Worksafe - Qurterly Report - Performance Dashboard – Recent Results 2016-17
- Health & Safety Risks: What Does Reasonably Practicable Mean? Business.govt.nz - Health & Safety Risks
Health and Safety Package
- Link to resource: Health and Safety Package
NZIS has developed a package to assist organisations to meet some of their Health and Safety requirements. The package consists of:
- a recording of the recent Health and Safety training covering the changes to the Health and Safety Act with the release of the new Health and Safety reform
- a copy of a Health and Safety handbook covering the new reform requirements
- template forms and registers that can be contextualised for your organisation's use
- a list of quick links to other Health and Safety information that you may also potentially find useful within your organisation.
We are also offering organisations an additional service where we can amend the Health and Safety handbook to include your branding and any additional forms you may have that are specific to their industry/organisation. This provides a unique allows a unique resource contextualised to your organisation's specific requirements.
For more information and to purchase contact: Vanessa Delegat, NZIS Knowledge Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.