STEPHENS LAWYERS WELCOMES SCREENSAFE INITIATIVE

STEPHENS LAWYERS WELCOMES SCREENSAFE INITIATIVE

ScreenSafe, an initiative of the NZ Techos’ Guild, is a sector-wide health and safety programme to support safe workplaces for all screen sector participants and create a culture where everyone is empowered to contribute to safe work practices.

It follows the introduction of new health and safety legislation and has received funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air, SPADA, industry guilds and organisations.

The ScreenSafe website http://screensafe.co.nz/ includes the new Health and Safety Guidelines, updated from the former Code of Practice to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety Work Act 2015, which came into effect on 4 April.

Stephens Lawyers commends ScreenSafe’s Chair David Strong for leading this initiative.

Mr Strong said with the new Act’s focus on managing risk and increasing responsibilities, the core message for the sector was that everyone is now responsible.

“It’s up to everyone, no matter the scale of production, from those running the show to those working on it, to support a safe and healthy production. With the ScreenSafe website, we have one central and free location for everyone to learn and understand our obligations under the Act.”

A presentation for the screen sector is being held in Wellington on Wednesday 20 April at 6.30pm at the St James Theatre’s Hospitality Suite on the 1st Floor.

For more information please contact:
Michael Stephens or Alan Henwood at Stephens Lawyers