Why we do it
Health and Safety in New Zealand is becoming an increasingly complex web for businesses to navigate, as they grapple with liability, responsibilities and legal interpretation. The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016 (referred to on this website together as the Act), set out the health and safety duties that must be complied with.
If you own, operate, or work in a workplace, the Act applies to you in some way.
Bottom Line: Managing Health & Safety Risk starts with understanding all your obligations
Employers have a legal obligation to keep their workers healthy and safe. Therefore, understanding all of your health and safety obligations is fundamental to implementing a robust governance and compliance framework. It also helps to demonstrate to the regulator you are taking your health and safety duties seriously.
Managing health and safety risks starts with knowing why the Act applies to your business, what your obligations are and who is responsible for meeting them. Many businesses are rolling the dice with non-compliance and the cost of getting it wrong can be serious. There are very real consequences and penalties handed down by the regulator, and businesses need to take an active approach to ensure compliance with the law.