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 - www.business.govt.nz

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.

 

Resources:

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. 

Website: www.worksafe.govt.nz 

 

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

 

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 84 22 499
Gordon@hasmate.co.nz
www.hasmate.co.nz


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
thinksafe.co.nz