Health & Safety

Good Governance Practice

Good Governance Practice for Managing Health and Safety Risks

The Government has established a new, stand-alone workplace health and safety agency to significantly improve New Zealands workplace health and safety record (WorkSafe New Zealand). The creation of a stand-alone Crown agent was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

The new agency has a dedicated focus on health and safety and is committed to ensuring people are well protected from injury and death when they go to work each day. The Crown agent is enforcing workplace health and safety regulations, and is working collaboratively with employers and employees to embed and promote good workplace health and safety practices.

Recently changes were passed into law via the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 with more responsibility being placed on employers to reduce work place injuries and harsher penalties being applied. Site leadership remains important in maintaining a safety conscious culture.

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