Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Stronger health and safety legislation welcomed

Leaders’ Forum welcomes introduction of stronger health and safety legislation

The Health and Safety Reform Bill makes it clear that business leaders must play an active role in keeping their workplaces safe, the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum says.

The Bill, introduced into Parliament yesterday, promises a much needed overhaul of New Zealand’s 20 year old health and safety legislation, Forum Executive Director Julian Hughes says. “In particular, the new law will increase the accountability of senior leaders and company directors.

“Hopefully this Bill will bring about a new way of thinking about health and safety, and create an environment where senior managers and company directors are much more actively involved in health and safety,” Julian says.

“The Bill makes it clear that safety is a core leadership responsibility and should be front of mind for anyone running a business or organisation in New Zealand.”

Although the Bill includes increased penalties for leaders who don’t keep their workers safe, business leaders already committed to safety should have nothing to fear. “They will already be doing everything they can to keep their workers safe - not because the law tells them to - but because that’s the right thing to do.”

However, Julian says the Bill is just the start of what’s needed to make New Zealand workplaces safer. “Legislation alone won’t make workplaces safer. That can only happen if everyone involved – workers, bosses, unions, industry groups and regulators – all play their part to keep themselves and others safe at work.”

The Bill is expected to pass into law by the end of the year and will come into force in April 2015. Specifically it will:

· Put more onus on senior managers and directors to keep their workers safe.

· Require greater worker participation so workers are more involved in safety.

· Establish stronger penalties, enforcement tools and court powers.

· Create the Health and Safety at Work Act, replacing the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Welcome Home: Record High Migration Stokes 41-Year High Population Growth

New Zealand annual net migration hit a new high in October as more people arrived from than departed for Australia for the first time in more than 20 years. More>>


Citizens' Advice Bureau: Report Shows Desperate Housing Situation Throughout NZ

CAB's in-depth analysis of over 2000 client enquiries about emergency accommodation shows vulnerable families, pregnant women and children living in cars and garages, even after seeking assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand. More>>


Speaking For The Bees: Greens Call For Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban

The National Government should ban the use of controversial pesticides called neonicotinoids after evidence has revealed that even at low doses they cause harm to bee populations, the Green Party said today. More>>


Science Awards: NZAS Celebrate NZ Scientific Achievements

The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in recognition of service rendered to the cause or profession of science in the widest connotation of the phrase. This year’s medal is awarded to Dr Mike Andrews. More>>


Court Rules: Affco 'Unlawfully' Locked Out Meat Workers

The note says the full court found for the plaintiffs, "that is that the defendant locked out the second plaintiffs unlawfully and that it breached s 32 of the Act by acting otherwise than in good faith towards the plaintiffs while collective bargaining was still going on." More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news