HEALTH & SAFETY

Health and safety is an essential part of running a business. Whatever your line of work, whatever your business structure, having a health and safety plan is important. Putting into practice every day will keep your team safe, reduce your risk, and may reduce costs.

 

Good health and safety practices give you peace of mind. This is important for smaller companies, as they may find it hard to recover from serious health and safety incidents.

 

We at the Coursey Group can put together a variety of packages for directors, owners and managers of small to medium sized businesses. Our packages are designed to either give you an overview of the most important things you need to know and do about health and safety, or we design a complete package to allow you to continue working on your business.

 

  • Who is actually responsible for my workforce health and safety?
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 places the health and safety on ‘persons conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU).  PCBU is a
    broad term that covers many ways of doing business including the not-for-profit sector.
  • A PCBU can be a business entity such as a company (legal person), or a natural person. A natural person might be a PCBU if they are a sole trader, partner or self-employed.

 

  • Just what are the responsibilities as a PCBU?
  • A PCBU must, so far as reasonably practicable ensure a ‘The Primary Duty of Care’ by ensuring:
  1. The health and Safety of workers who work for the PCBU, while they are at work in the business or undertaking.
  2. The health and safety of workers whose activities in carrying out work are influenced or directed by the PCBU, while they are carrying out work.
  3. The health and safety of other persons is not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking.
  4. This means organisations should consider a plan for health and safety of employees, contractors, sub-contractors, visitors, customers and peoples whose health and safety could be affected by the organisations work.

 

  • What legislations is a PCBU required to be have a knowledge of to ensure health and safety in my workplace?
  • The main legislation governing workplace health and safety in New Zealand is:
  1. Health and Safety at Work 2015 (HSWA)
  2. Accident Compensation Act 2001
  3. Employment Relations Act 2000
  4. Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
  5. Any Act or Regulation that specifically encompasses your primary business function.

 

  • What penalties (if any) can be brought about upon a PCBU?
  • There are a range of penalties under the Health and safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) in sections 36 through to 46.
  • Depending on the seriousness of the offence(s), a PCBU can receive a:
  1. $50,000 to $500,000 fine for failing to comply with a duty of responsibility
  2. $150,000 to $1.5M fine for a failure to comply that exposes an individual to a risk of serious injury, serious illness or death.
  3. $300,000 to $3M fine and / or 5yrs imprisonment for reckless conduct in respect of duty that exposes an individual to a risk of serious injury, serious illness or death.

 

We at the Coursey Group can put together a variety of packages for directors, owners and managers of small to medium sized businesses. Our packages are designed to either give you an overview of the most important things you need to know and do about health and safety, or we design a complete package to allow you to continue working on your business.

 

 

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