Changes to the Heath & Safety Act and your business

The Cold Hard Facts:

  • 75 deaths per year in NZ workplaces
  • 6,000 serious harm incidents per year
  • 600-900 deaths per year from ‘occupational harms’

To meet the challenge of reducing these stats the government has launched WorkSafe New Zealand, replacing the Health and Safety Group of the Ministry of Business. The new agency which started work on 16 December 2013 will be transforming NZ-wide attitudes and performance in workplace health and safety.

WorkSafe NZ Chair, Professor Gregor Coster says, "The current state of health and safety in the workplace is not good enough. However we have an unprecedented opportunity to make a real difference".

3 Changes That Could Affect You

That difference will come in the form of:

  1. Work place safety is now high on the government's agenda
  2. Boosting inspectorate resource by more than 65%
  3. An increased budget of $80m compared to the previous $53m.

WorkSafe NZ enforces a number of pieces of legislation including: Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992, Electricity Act 1992, Gas Act 1992, Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006. They plan to introduce new legislation in early 2014 to replace the Health & Safety in Employment Act.

 

The risk to your staff, contractors or customers suffering serious harm or being killed may not have changed. But your accountability and responsibility to them will.

Statutory liability insurance defends you against unintentional breach of statutory Acts and often forms part of a wider risk management program. As your risk and insurance advisors we’ll be monitoring the changes and can advise on how the new regime might impact your business.  If you'd like more info now send us an enquiry via our feedback form.


Guy Worsley

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Name: Guy Worsley        

I am a Commercial Broker at Rothbury Auckland. My 18 years experience both in New Zealand and international markets coupled with my high service standards means that I can help clients navigate their way through the complicated insurance…
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I am a Commercial Broker at Rothbury Auckland. My 18 years experience both in New Zealand and international markets coupled with my high service standards means that I can help clients navigate their way through the complicated insurance landscape.

My clients come first. It’s vital to spend time understanding my clients’ business before I provide advice. This advice is assured as I have wide knowledge and experience of liability, professional risks, property motor and marine insurance.

Plus, I am proud of my proven ability to negotiate win : win claim solutions and advise on technical insurance matters.

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