How Safe is your workplace - New Legislation
WorkSafe New Zealand the new Health and Safety Agency that has taken over responsibilty for workplace safety is now fully operational. New Health and Safety legislation will be introduced to Parliament in 2014 that will signal significant changes to the way health and safety is managed in New Zealand. workplaces throughout New Zealand. A draft of the new Health and Safety Bill is available here Health and Safety Reform Bill.pdf (280340).
Over the next few weeks Health and Safety East Coast will outline some of the key changes the Bill includes. However it is apparent as a general point that the standards are being raised above current requirements, that WorkSafe has an enhanced ability to ensure the current and proposed health and safety rules and regulations are enforced and that the cost of non-compliance will increase significantly once the new legislation becomes law.