Posts Tagged ‘health and safety’

Changing Landscape in the Workplace

May 2, 2016

New health and safety legislation comes into force in early April. Organisations should always be aware of their obligations and responsibilities regarding health and safety. This is even more so now as new law, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, comes into force on Monday, 4 April this year. A summary of the most significant changes is set out below. We follow this with some practical steps to take to give you and your organisation the best chance of complying with the new legislation.

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Health and Safety at Work: A new era begins

April 4, 2016

Manager training worker for health and safety measure

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force on Monday, 4 April this year. Since the Pike River tragedy thrust workplace health and safety firmly into the limelight we have published several articles outlining the likely changes to health and safety law.

We thought it would be a useful exercise to summarise the main changes that have been made and how they will affect the rural community.

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New Health & Safety at Work Act 2015

February 29, 2016


Significant changes for organisations with volunteers

In last year’s Spring edition we included an article on the proposed reform of New Zealand’s health and safety law. The new law will come into force on Monday, 4 April this year. Despite some of the originally proposed changes being watered down in the final stages of drafting the new Act there will still be significant effects for you, your business or your organisation. This article looks specifically at implications for organisations with volunteers.

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The Health and Safety Reform Bill – Be prepared early for significant changes

November 27, 2014

quad.gifThe Health and Safety Reform Bill heralds the greatest change to health and safety law in over two decades.  With the election over, we await the Select Committee Report (due any day) and the continuing passage of the Bill. If you’re in business, this article gives you a snapshot of some of the significant proposed changes. (more…)

Health and Safety – More duties, greater accountability

August 30, 2013

The Independent Taskforce on Workplace Heath and Safety (the Taskforce) delivered its report to the Minister of Labour, Hon Simon Bridges in April 2013. The Taskforce has said there are “significant weaknesses” in New Zealand’s health and safety system coupled with “the absence … of elements to drive major improvements or to raise expectations.[1]” With the spotlight firmly on health and safety, especially following the Pike River disaster and the Christchurch earthquakes (including the collapse of the CTV Building), it’s likely that the Taskforce’s recommendations will be adopted and implemented within the next 6–12 months. (more…)