Tag Archives: Workers

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.

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.

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.

The Health and Safety Reforms: Ticking more boxes, or an opportunity to create value?

Adding value - a collection of ladders against a wall, only one of which is tall enough to reach the light

The health and safety reforms are a hot topic of debate. There are concerns that this is another shift toward a “nanny state”. At the very least, it could become an onerous compliance burden for both large and small organisations – the latter which are well-represented in the high-risk construction, adventure tourism or forestry sectors.