The Health and Safety Reform Bill passed its third reading at parliament yesterday. The Bill creates a new Health and Safety at Work Act.
The Bill is the first significant reform of New Zealand’s health and safety laws in 20 years and addresses the recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.
The new law will be supported by regulations that are being developed in time for April 2016.
Until the Act comes into effect in April 2016, the current Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 remains in force.
Stephens Lawyers will be carefully reviewing the new legislation and providing more comprehensive information on the practical impact of the legislation and steps clients should take in advance of it coming into force on 4 April 2016.