The new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) came into effect on 4 April 2016.
It places obligations on the people who create risk and are best placed to manage it.
It provides for worker participation and the sharing of health and safety information.
It has regulations which describe certain requirements to be met for certain duties.
It integrates the regulation of workplace use of hazardous substances.
It has a responsive enforcement regime.
To ensure you comply with new legislation it is advisable to review and revise how you manage any critical risks - those that could cause illness or injury serious enough to keep someone off work.
The new law says you need to take reasonably practical steps to manage these risks. How you do this will depend on:
how seriously someone could get hurt
the chance of an accident happening
and how much control you have over preventing it.
We can help your business to adjust to the change in legislation by:
Reviewing your health and safety practices, policies and procedures.
Updating your health and safety management system including manual.
Bringing you up to speed with the key concepts of the legislation.
Identifying health and safety risks in your business and helping you to take steps to prevent these from causing harm.
Support your business in improving workplace health and safety culture.
Attention to Farmers: Spike in Leptospirosis (Notifiable illness) [1 July 2016]
Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial disease that can cause flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, muscle pains, and fevers - in severe cases, it causes bleeding from the lungs, meningitis or kidney failure.
How can you get it?
breaks in the skin or
through mucous membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth;
pets i.e. dogs may carry leptospirosis or spread the infection to humans;
contaminated rivers and lakes;
farming systems, flood water, and water-logged paddocks and waterways
animal manure when gardening (urine-contaminated manure).
The full version is on WorkSafe NZ website here.
For more information on managing leptospirosis, visit: saferfarms.org.nz.