The Law Change.

Translating the new Health and Safety laws

When the NZ Health and Safety Legislation came into effect on the 1st April 2016, it brought about substantial changes. The most significant of these is that the responsibility for safety in the workplace no longer falls on just the shoulders of the 'Employer'. The new legislation shares various duties on Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), Officers, Workers and others (including Contractors and Volunteers). This means safety is now everyone's responsibility.

As well as a shift in the share of responsibility, the new legislation also introduces heftier fines and penalties for non-compliance, further emphasising the need to review your organisation's Health and Safety Policy and get it updated if you haven't done so recently.

To find out more about the change in legislation, see below for some helpful resources.