Because Health and Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident
In New Zealand, each & every year too many people are seriously injured or have fatal work-related incidents. WorkSafe (the agency responsible for enforcing the health and safety legislation) has reported that more than 300 people have died and more than 29,500 have suffered serious harm in the workplace from 2010 – 2015.
Health & safety at work considerations have historically not received the attention they deserve.
It’s time for a change.
Following the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy & various subsequent reviews (which identified our poor national health & safety record), the first major overhaul in 20 years of the Health & Safety at Work Act has occurred which will impact all New Zealand workplaces, organisations and individuals by April 2016.
Based on the Australian Model Work Health and Safety Act 2011 ( with modifications for New Zealand’s unique needs), the new Health & Safety at Work Act is already being introduced on a staged basis with the key regulations coming into force next year.
Since the 2012 Australian introduction of the Health & Safety Act, there has been a staggering 16% reduction in work-related deaths and the lowest reported number of work-related fatalities in 11 years. Legislators and safety representatives are hoping the raft of new measures being implemented here with the introduction of the updated Act will achieve similar improvements to overcome the poor workplace health and safety record in New Zealand.
The Health and Safety at Work Act – Who Will it Impact & How?
So just what are the key changes proposed by the Act, and what will be the likely impact of those changes in practice for your business?
Despite some noteworthy changes in the Act, for many businesses it will be “business as usual”.
• IDENTIFY & MANAGE WORKPLACE RISK MANAGEMENT RESOURCES
• IDENTIFY & MANAGE WORKPLACE HAZARDS
• CONSULT WITH WORKERS TO IDENTIFY HAZARDS
BUT, if health and safety are not part of your current workplace culture, NOW is an appropriate time to make it so – with the full implementation of the Act occurring in just 5 short months.
More onus will be placed on managers and company directors to proactively manage workplace health and safety with the implementation of the new regime, stronger penalties and a wider enforcement for non-compliance.
So you need to be aware of your obligations and responsibilities under this new legislation. Learn more about the new act here
If you’re still unsure, the existing Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 remains in force (until April 2016) and WorkSafe will issue formal guidance in early 2016, to support the overhaul of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
Look after the safety of your staff and ensure you are fully compliant. Comply Guy understand the unique requirements of your business or service sector. Contact us here for questions or queries about professional, cost-effective electrical testing. We’d love to help – or give us a call on 0800 669 999 anytime, without obligation.