Tag Archives: Legislation

Asbestos – the new frontier

Asbestos warning notice on the wall of a crumbling wooden house

New Zealand embraced the use of asbestos for decades. It was included in so many products that it can be found on the roof, in the ceiling, on the walls and floors, and around pipes – in fact, pretty well everywhere in residential and commercial buildings alike.

Managing contractors

Contractor shaking hands with building site manager

New Zealand has a time-honoured tradition of contracting out “non-core” business. But under the Health and Safety at Work Act, you can’t transfer your duty of care to another person: You are still obliged to ensure your contractors, their sub-contractors and their respective staff are competent to safely carry out work on your behalf.

Who’s responsible for what?

Who's responsible - manager handing a stack of files to employee

Do you understand what the broadened duties and obligations are under the new Health & Safety at Work Act? Under the new Act, the PCBU has a duty of care to anyone the organisation causes to carry out work for it, whether they be an employee or the employee of someone contracted to do work.

Do you feel safe?

Feel safe - engineer working on a large piece of machinery

Are you confident that your organisation’s H&S systems will keep your people safe and protect you from strict liability when the new Health & Safety at Work Act comes into force? The new Act broadens your duty of care to encompass anyone who may be harmed by work that you cause to be carried out.

Is your H&S system sitting in a cupboard?

Vast archive of numbered filing boxes on endless shelves

Downloading or otherwise acquiring a health and safety policy is no assurance that you have an “effective” health and safety system. To embed effective systems and procedures into your organisation, it’s critical to take into account the people you are working with. For example, literacy issues, custom and practice, and how people define risk.

Worker engagement

Worker engagement - staff actively participating in a meeting

The underlying intent of the Health and Safety at Work Act is for everyone to have an opportunity to be notified, and to notify each other, of risks to their health and safety, in order for everyone to be safe and well at the end of the working day.