New Zealand’s implementation of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) has led to fewer workplace accidents since April 4, 2016, according to a health and safety consultant.
Peter Fisher has worked with the Department of Labour for workplace compliance in the last 40 years. He cited the new safety rules as an important factor for bringing down the statistics. As of June 2017, there have been 22 recorded fatalities compared to an average of 45 per year between 2011 and 2016, according to Worksafe NZ data.
The new law replaced the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and so far, the country has been making positive strides in reaching its desired reduction for accidents, based on Worksafe’s Towards 2020 document.
Eskosafety.com agrees that aside from complying with workplace safety standards, companies may also contribute in furthering that cause by investing in protective equipment for employees, such as respirator masks for automotive, construction and other industrial work.
Despite the progress, New Zealand has a lot of work ahead due to its approximately higher fatal injury rate compared to Australia and the UK, according to Worksafe data. HSWA primarily puts employers at the forefront of accountability for workers’ safety.
These companies’ top-level officers also play a role in upholding safety, as well as the workers themselves, to ensure that their actions will not negatively affect the health and safety of their colleagues. While the coverage is extensive, Worksafe exempted certain groups from HSWA. These comprise members of the Armed Forces carrying out operational activity, as well as civilians who support overseas operations of the Armed Forces and any operational activity from military aircraft or naval ship.
Workplace safety remains a relevant topic for businesses since almost all types of accidents are preventable. By following safety guidelines and using quality equipment, companies can make their facilities safer for everyone.