Health and Safety

With the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 now firmly in place, staying on top of your businesses Health and Safety plan is more important than ever.

Making sure that your Health and Safety Plan is up to date and is reviewed regulary is vital for every business, no matter which industry you are in.

What’s important is that you treat H&S as part of your day-to-day business and manage it proportionately to the level of risk at your work. This means the greater the risks you have, the more vigilant you need to be. Businesses must always consider first whether they can reasonably eliminate risks. If not, do what is reasonably achievable to minimise risks.

In addition to setting out routine H&S practices, you’re also legally obliged to be prepared for, and have a plan on what to do after, an emergency or disaster.
— Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment -

Under HSWA, a business or undertaking (PCBU) must look after the health and safety of its workers and any other workers it influences or directs. The business or undertaking is also responsible for the health and safety of other people at risk from its work including customers, visitors, or the general public. This is called the 'primary duty of care'.

There are responsibilities that apply some to business under certain situations. They expand on and are in addition to the primary responsibilities.

See the video below created by WorkSafe New Zealand, explaining the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.



Worksafe is the regulatory body for the New Zealand Government and is your primary source for relevant, up to date information regarding your responsibilities as business owners or operators.

Spend some time on their website familiarising yourself with the new legislation.

They also have a fantastic digital toolbox - The Toolshed, full of templates, videos and worksheets. 


The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment also have a great online resource. 


Additional resources:

If you're finding it hard to navigate the new legislation and aren't sure how it applies to your business there are a number of organisations who would be happy to provide you with customised Health and Safety plans. 

Disclaimer: Hastings City Business Association is not associated in any way with any of the businesses listed below, please do your own research before contracting any of them.

Hasmate of Napier have been providing businesses with health and safety, auditing and training services since 1993. Hasmate experience also extend to business systems like, Quality management and practical systems with a supporting library of over 170 SOPs. Hasmate also provide a proven and cost-effective web based solution to manage Health and Safety systems on line, in real time.

Gordon Anderson
06 842 2 499

Thinksafe offers a highly robust, yet easily understandable Health and Safety System tailored to your business. It is like hiring a Health and Safety manager for your business for just $400 a year, including 24/7 assistance when required.

Ben Throp
027 423 1840


SafeTech Health & Safety Systems is a New Zealand wide Health & Safety Consultancy providing affordable Health & Safety Programmes for your business.

Our consultants meet with you personally to assess your current situation and take you through our Plans. Our audited, user friendly
and cost effective Plans are backed up by our support in the event of
a Worksafe enquiry and we also offer ongoing help through our
follow-up service, SafeTech in Touch.

Sara Feather
021 866 344

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B&W Safety - Workplace Health and Safety that’s practical, straight-forward, black and white.

Whether you run a retail or office based business, you’re in construction, manufacturing, agriculture, horticulture or a
contractor – we have a health & safety system for you.

Our comprehensive health and safety solution includes step
by step instructions, a personalised Health and Safety Policy,
a resource folder complete with documentation to last you 12
months, an industry specific hazard board (if appropriate) plus
12 months support – all from just $395+GST.

Chrissy Hansen
027 518 1234