Workplace Reform - Health and Safety Reform Bill Introduced to Parliament
Workplace health and safety reform
The Health and Safety Reform Bill has been introduced to Parliament, representing a major change to New Zealand’s health and safety system.
The Bill is part of ‘Working Safer: a blueprint for health and safety at work’ and reforms New Zealand’s health and safety system following the
recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.The Bill will come into force on 1 April 2015.
Working Safer is aimed at reducing New Zealand’s workplace injury and death toll by 25 per cent by 2020. It will require leadership and action
from business, workers and Government to achieve this goal.
The Health and Safety Reform Bill will create the new Health and Safety at Work Act, replacing the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.
The Government’s intention is that the Bill will be passed in 2014, with the new Act coming into force from 1 April 2015.
The Bill will be supported by two phases of regulations; proposals for the first phase of regulations are expected to be released for consultation
in early April.