On 4 April 2016, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 will replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.
The new Act is the result of a review of New Zealand's workplace health and safety system and aims to further protect workers from harm. To achieve this aim, the Act places emphasis on accountability and introduces duties on various categories of people in the workplace.
This module will provide learners with an overview of the new Act. Specifically, it will look at what various categories of people need to do in order to fulfil their duties under the Act. It will also discuss the consequences of breaching the Act.
• Duties of people under the Act, including:
o Health and Safety Representatives;
o Health and Safety Committee;
• Definition of ‘reasonably practicable’;
• Breaches of duties;
• Court orders.