Health and Safety at Work

On 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect. All workplaces are now covered by the HSWA. The key emphasis of the law is on everyone in the workplace (the employer, workers, unions, and employer organisations) being responsible for health and safety.

The Act aims to protect workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety, and welfare by eliminating or minimising risks and provides for a fair and effective workplace representation, consultation, co-operation, and resolution of issues.

It places a duty on employers to keep people safe from harm by proactively identifying and managing health and safety risks, and making sure information about health and safety is shared with workers, and workers are engaged in matters that could affect their health and safety.

Worksafe New Zealand is the regulator of health and safety legislation and more information can be found on its website.

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