Health and Safety at Work
Health and Safety at Work
Following the enactment of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), this module, released to the sector in June 2017, replaces the previously published health and safety module, which was based around the now repealed Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.
Parts of this module are presented in a new format which differs greatly from previous legal compliance modules. We believe this will help make key information more accessible to our readers.
Module One addresses key concepts. This module is in eight parts: Part One is entitled "Health and Safety for the time-challenged – a high level introductory overview”. This is a snapshot of key points. The remaining seven parts, starting with "Health and Safety at Work 101" provide a detailed overview of the legislation and its key concepts. A table of contents is listed below. To access these modules, scroll over the grey boxes on the left hand side of the screen.
Module Two is in development and scheduled for legal review in August. It will be entitled "Nuts and bolts: processes for managing workplace health and safety". This module updates the process diagrams from the original health and safety module for changes to HSWA and the various health and safety regulations.
Module Three, is about to commence development and will be entitled "On the Job - Managing workplace health and safety in local government" develops some industry-specific examples for our sector.
It is important to always check case law in this area and to get specific advice on matters as that will provide guidance and assist with interpretation of this new legislation.
Table of Contents
Module One, Health and Safety at Work 101
A detailed overview of the HSWA with links to other resources, broken down into the following parts
- Part A – Health and Safety for the time-challenged – a high level introductory overview
- Part B – Health and Safety at Work 101
- Part C – Duties of a PCBU
- Part D – Duties of Officers
- Part E – Duties and rights of Workers and Other Persons
- Part F – Managing risks and hazards (Overview)
- Part G – Notifications and authorisations
- Part H – WorkSafe as Regulator
Module Two – “Nuts and bolts – processes for managing workplace health and safety”
A description of 19 key health and safety management processes with supporting commentary. This covers the following processes:
- Identifying hazards and assessing risks
- Eliminating or minimising risks
- Monitoring controls
- Reviewing for continuous improvement
Flowcharts one to four are now published.
- Conducting exposure monitoring
- Conducting health monitoring
- Managing and reporting injuries, illnesses and incidents
- Providing information, training, supervision and instruction
- Implementing emergency procedures
- Providing first aid and general workplace facilities
- Providing personal protective equipment
- Enabling rehabilitation
- Managing contractors for health and safety
- Managing procurement of goods for health and safety
Flowcharts five and six are now published.
- Assigning roles and duties
- Engaging with workers
- Consulting, co-operating and co-ordinating activities with other duty holders
- Fostering a workplace safety culture
- Keeping written records
Taituarā acknowledges the valuable support and assistance provided by Simpson Grierson, WorkSafe NZ and Institute of Directors in New Zealand. This module draws on the 2015 Health and Safety Road Show and early webinars on the Act delivered in conjunction with Simpson Grierson and LGNZ. It also refers to guidance material produced by WorkSafe NZ and available at www.worksafe.govt.nz In particular, the "Introduction to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 - Special Guide"
Reference is also made to "Health and Safety Guide: Good Governance for Directors" produced in partnership between Institute of Directors and WorkSafe NZ, which is especially useful guidance in relation to the role of elected members as officers under the Act.
Taituarā, in partnership with Simpson Grierson has taken this information and packaged it in one place to enable accessibility and contextualisation within councils. The reader is advised that the material that follows contains live links to external websites, key legislative provisions and appropriate factsheets and guidance material that will be lost should the document be printed.