The government has announced what is being billed as the most significant reform of New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system in 20 years.

The Working Safer reform package includes:

  • an overhaul of the law – a new Health and Safety at Work Act will replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, probably in late 2014. The new law will provide clear, consistent information for business, workers and government about what they need to do to keep workers and others safe. It will be based on Australian law
  • a clear and transparent government-led strategy to reduce workplace harm, with measurable targets
  • establishment of WorkSafe New Zealand, expected by December 2013, to focus on major areas of harm including high-risk sectors.

As the government’s principal adviser on transport policy, the Ministry of Transport will work with other transport regulators, the transport sector, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and WorkSafe New Zealand to implement best-practice workplace health and safety systems.

More information about the reform is available from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment(external link).



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