Feedback sought on Health and Safety regulations

16 Jun 2014 2:05 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is inviting you to have your say on a discussion document outlining proposals for new health and safety regulations.

The discussion document– Developing regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act – has just been released and is part of the Government's Working Safer package of reforms, which aims to reduce New Zealand's workplace serious injury and death toll by 25 per cent by 2020.

The proposals for regulations have been developed to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act to be created by the passage of the Health and Safety Reform Bill.  If passed, the new Act will replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and overhaul New Zealand's health and safety system.

The regulations will play an important part in ensuring the new health and safety regime is practical for all workplaces as well as robust. This is why we need your feedback.

The discussion document outlines proposals for the first phase of regulations. The document covers five key areas:

·         General risk and workplace management

·         Worker participation, engagement and representation

·         Work involving asbestos

·         Work involving hazardous substances; and

·         Major hazard facilities.

Have your say

Submissions are now open on the discussion document. Find more information on the proposed regulations and the submission process here. The submission period closes on Friday 18 July 2014.

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