Health and Safety Reform Bill

The Health and Safety Reform Bill has passed and the Health and Safety at Work Act will come into force on 4 April 2016. 

BCITO will keep you informed on key changes that you may need to make to your own company’s health and safety systems.

The Bill is part of Working Safer: a blueprint for health and safety at work and reforms New Zealand's health and safety system following the recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.

Working Safer is aimed at reducing New Zealand's workplace injury and death toll by 25% by 2020. It will require leadership and action from business, workers and Government to achieve this goal. The Act's key emphasis is on everyone in the workplace being responsible for health and safety.

The Bill works to focus effort on what matters, based on business risk, control and size:

  • It reinforces proportionality – what a business needs to do depends on its level of risk and what it can control
  • It shifts from hazard spotting to managing critical risks – actions that reduce workplace harm rather than trivial hazards
  • It introduces the "reasonably practicable" concept – focusing attention on what's reasonable for a business to do
  • It changes the focus from the physical workplace to the conduct of work – what the business actually does and so what it can control
  • It supports more effective worker engagement and participation – promoting flexibility to suit business size and need.
The Health and Safety at Work Act will replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. The new law will be supported by regulations that are being developed in time for April 2016.
WorkSafe New Zealand will provide information to businesses and workers of the changes before the law comes into force.

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