The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has provided useful guidelines for employers who provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to their employees to enable employers to comply with the new Health & Safety legislation which takes effect in April 2016.
Before providing PPE, you should first ask whether there is a better way of dealing with the risk. Can the risk be eliminated? If not, how can you best control the risk?
If PPE is needed, your business is responsible for supplying appropriate PPE. You can do this in two ways – by buying the PPE yourself, or through allowances added to your workers’ pay. The cost of PPE must be covered by the business. Workers must take responsibility for wearing and using it properly.
For more information, see: http://www.business.govt.nz/news/health-and-safety-providing-protective-gear
If you are concerned about ensuring your business stays compliant with the new legislation, please contact:
Michael Stephens or Alan Henwood at Stephens Lawyers on 04 915 9580