New health and safety regulations released

New health and safety regulations released

7th March 2016

New health and safety regulations released
 
Various regulations to help businesses understand what they need to do to meet their duties under the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) are now available.
These will come into force on 4 April 2016, along with the HSWA.
 
The regulations cover:

- General Risk and Workplace Management: these apply to all workplaces in New Zealand, prescribing what must be done in specific circumstances to meet the duties under the new law.

 - Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation: all workplaces need to have effective worker engagement; participation and representations practices under HSWA.

- Adventure Activities: revoke and replace the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011, aiming to improve safety, reduce harm and ensure consistent good practice across the adventure activity sector.

- Major Hazard Facilities: focus on matters for process safety, detailing safety management obligations for operators or particular facilities with the potential to cause a catastrophic event.

- Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations: detail the requirements that must be followed, including competency requirements in relation to safety-critical roles in mining operations, quarrying operations, and alluvial mining operations.

- Petroleum Exploration and Extraction: provide a framework that aim to ensure the safety of petroleum operations such as the extraction, transportation, treatment or processing of petroleum or gas; any well drilling installation; the construction, maintenance, and operation of any structures, or land improvements connected with petroleum operations.

- Rates of Levy Funding: prescribe the levy required to be paid by employers and self-employed people under section 201 or the HSWA.

 
Other regulations in the pipeline include:

- Regulations specifying infringement offences and fees – will be finalised shortly.

- The regulations for work involving hazardous substances. Currently under consultation on - will be finalised later this year.

 - Regulations to support the power in the new Act for the regulator to grant exemptions from regulatory requirements (clause 228A) - will be developed this year.

 
Phase two regulations will be developed over the next two years.

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