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BusinessNZ welcomes changes to Health and Safety

Media release

7 August 2013

BusinessNZ welcomes changes to Health and Safety

BusinessNZ has welcomed today’s announcement today of new health and safety legislation to be administered by the recently established Worksafe New Zealand.

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said it was a significant step in the right direction.

“Moving to a principles-based regime in which health and safety responses are tailored to the business rather than the current one-size-fits-all approach will be a real help to many businesses, as will a simpler approach to levy setting and other costs.

“We are also pleased to see a heavy emphasis on clarifying responsibilities and on providing information and guidance to businesses and their employees.” 

Mr O’Reilly urged that care be taken in finalising the law to avoid unintended consequences.

“We only have a blueprint at this stage.  It heralds the most significant changes in 20 years and the details of the final law will need to be worked through carefully.”

“It will be important to continue to talk to business regarding the realities on the ground, so that law can be developed that is fit for purpose in the New Zealand work environment,” Mr O’Reilly said.

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