Update kindly provided by Chapman ER.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 has been passed into law and will come into effect on 4 April 2016.
WorkSafe NZ want to see a 25% reduction in NZ’s workplace serious injuries, illnesses and fatalities by 2020. If Australia’s improvements are any indication on what we might expect, given our new legislation is based on Australia’s law, this goal may be achievable as a report released in July 2014 stated they had experienced their lowest number of work-related deaths in 11 years.
WorkSafe NZ aim to provide guidelines about the new legislation, but in the meantime they advise five key areas that organisations should focus on which includes:
- Familiarising yourself with the key concepts of the legislation
- Reviewing your health and safety practices
- Identifying health and safety risks in your business and take steps to prevent these from causing harm
- Leading by example
- Making health and safety part of your workplace culture