Health and Safety reform update

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The Health and Safety at Work Act has passed into law and comes into force on 4 April 2016. Read our summary of the changes made to the Bill following the Select Committee report.

WorkSafe will also be releasing more detailed guidance to accompany the new legislation.

Are you prepared?

Now is the time for businesses to:

  • Review current health and safety systems against the requirements of the new Act, identify any gaps and take steps to ensure your business is well-positioned to meet its new obligations come next year.
  • Start a dialogue with the Board around how officers will meet their new due diligence duties and whether any change in the business reporting requirements is needed.
  • Examine whether your worker engagement and participation practices are satisfactory in light of the strengthened obligations brought about by the Act.
  • Consider how you will work together with other duty holders to meet your shared health and safety responsibilities.
  • Provide training to workers and officers of the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), so that they are better informed as to their responsibilities and duties under the Act.

Tahi and EY can help

We can:

  • Carry out a gap analysis on current H&S policies and procedures as against the new legislation
  • Provide solutions, including training, which will help officers understand their obligations
  • Carry out internal audits and implement solutions

Contact our Health and Safety team and subscribe to EY’s quarterly People Watch publication to stay up to date on the reform.