Many business owners may be aware that new health & safety legislation has been introduced in New Zealand, but many still are unaware of the effect this will have on their business. So what will this new legislation mean for organisations in New Zealand?
SiteApp can ensure your employees are engaging with health and safety policy.
New focus for New Zealand businesses
One of the major changes that the Health and Safety at Work Act will implement will be a shift in focus from simply monitoring and recording workplace injuries, to a more proactive stance that requires companies to identify risks and implement processes that manage them properly.
While much of the focus has been on the introduction of Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), there has also been significant changes to the responsibilities of workers. As the foremost actors of health and safety in a workplace, the legislation places new emphasis on workers' obligations to themselves and others.
Specifically, this means:
- taking reasonable care of their own safety;
- taking reasonable care to ensure what they do or do not do does not impact the safety of others;
- cooperating with reasonable policy, which has been communicated to workers; and
- complying with any reasonable instruction to the best of their abilities in an effort to allow PCBU to comply with legislation.
While these changes affect workers, the PCBU is responsible to ensure the health and safety of workers. One way the new legislation encourages companies to act on this requirement is through a number of legislative conditions that focus on worker engagement.
Engaging workers through technological innovation
The new law foregrounds the role of organisations to engage workers in relation to health and safety issues, and offer them opportunities to participate in the improvement of health and safety. While Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Health and Safety Committees (HSCs) are two traditional ways of encouraging engagement, technology can also offer PCBUs a viable avenue.
In many workplaces, health and safety is seen as overly bureaucratic, however, there are a number of ways to streamline the compliance process. One example of a practical solution is offered by New Zealand's own SiteApp.
This technologically innovative platform allows workers in the field to access key compliance documents, systems and processes that are required under new legislation. From hazard identification to compliance documentation, this one-stop shop can make accessing and adding documentation a breeze.
If you would like to know more about how SiteApp can streamline your workplace, contact a representative today.