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New NZ safety laws almost a reality

New NZ safety laws almost a reality

Significant changes to New Zealand’s safety laws will take effect in April next year, following the passage of the Health and Safety Reform Bill through the New Zealand Parliament.

The laws are based on the Model Work Health and Safety laws in Australia and will be called the Health and Safety at Work Act.

However, before being given the New Zealand parliamentary green light, the Reform Bill was amended. This included exempting small businesses with fewer than 20 workers in low-risk sectors from the requirement of having a health and safety representative—even when requested by workers.

Also among the amendments, an officer of an organisation is now defined as a person who has a very senior governance role in the organisation: for example, a chief executive. In an attempt to make the role clear, the bill excludes those who advise or make recommendations to an officer.

Regulations and guidance material are being created to support the new Act.

For more details, visit the new laws

Published on 8 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.

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