Who will be responsible for workplace health and safety?

Who will be responsible for workplace health and safety?

26th January 2016

Q: Under HSWA, who will be responsible for workplace health and safety?

In short, everyone:

1. The business itself – a new legal concept will be a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU). A PCBU will usually be a business entity, such as a company, rather than an individual. The business will have the primary duty under the new law to ensure the health and safety of workers and others affected by the work it carries out. That’s why the business may also need to consult with other businesses where it shares a worksite or are part of a contracting or supply chain, to make sure all workers are safe and healthy.

2. Officers – includes directors and other people who make governance decisions that significantly affect a business. Officers have a duty of due diligence to ensure their business complies with its health and safety obligations.

3. Workers – must take reasonable care to ensure the health and safety of themselves and others, and to comply with the business’s reasonable instructions and policies.

4. Other people who come to the workplace, such as visitors or customers, also have some health and safety duties. It’s all about taking responsibility for what you can control.

More information available at www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/hswa/mythbusting/general#who

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