New health and safety legislation brings 'clarity'

19/05/16

New health and safety legislation brings clarity

The new workplace health and safety legislation brings clarity to law last updated in 1992, says HSE Hub's Liz Bermingham.

HSE Hub was established to help businesses get on track with their health and safety, and Bermingham is a health and safety consultant with over 18 years experience. Currently, she consults to a number of organisations involved in the Christchurch rebuild and has facilitated health and safety training to over 20,000 workers and business owners throughout the earthquake recovery. 

The new health and safety laws aim to reduce workplace injuries and deaths by 25 percent by 2025. Bermingham says the new legislation is a great new piece of law that will give businesses clarity around what their obligations are. 

“It’s easier to find out what you’re meant to do, rather than before there was a bit of ambiguity and we had to wait for a bit of case law on some occasions to know what our obligations were,” Bermingham says.

She says it’s about time new legislation was brought out as New Zealand hasn’t had new health and safety laws in over 20 years.

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