Employer Toolkit

Health & Safety

The following tips and tools will help you strengthen health and safety across your workplace, and help you comply with new regulations that came into effect on 4 April 2016.

  • Changes to the Food Act

    Changes to the Food Act 2014 apply this year to accommodation providers who serve meals to more than 10 guests. If this sounds like you, you’ll need to register under the Food Act before March 2018.

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  • New Heath & Safety at Work Act

    The new Health & Safety at Work Act came into force on 4 April 2016. The new law requires you to do what’s “reasonably practicable” to manage health and safety risks at work. The aim is to reduce the number of people killed or hurt at work.

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  • Work-related guidance by risk category

    WorkSafe NZ information on work-related health topics, grouped by defined risk categories, including physical, psychological, biological, chemical, ergonomic and impairment.

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  • Around the Block safety tool

    The online ‘Around the Block’ tool helps businesses get started with managing their health and safety risks. Animated and interactive, the tool takes users on a journey through a typical city block, with clickable risk hotspots within each of the business interiors (from cafes to petrol stations). Guidance is provided on how to identify and start to manage the risks identified by the hotspots. More businesses will be added over time, particularly SMEs.

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  • Aviation health and safety videos

    A series of videos produced by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to help the aviation industry
    understand and meet the requirements of new health and safety laws.

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  • Video - Health & Safety at Work

    The basic facts you need to know about the Health and Safety at Work Act, presented by WorkSafe NZ Chief Executive Gordon MacDonald – a resource for getting the message across to your employees.

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  • Introduction to the Health & Safety at Work Act

    This WorkSafe NZ Guide provides an introduction to New Zealand’s key health work and safety law and its regulator. It includes the duty of officers and workers and what to expect from the regulator, offences and penalties.

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  • Tourism New Zealand & RTO Famils

    The Regional Tourism Organisations NZ website has resources and policy templates for operators involved in TNZ and RTO famils. It includes links to TNZ sample health and safety policies

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  • Free health and safety representative training

    WorkSafe NZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have appointed Safety ‘n Action to provide FREE nationwide transition training to eligible Health & Safety Representatives.

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  • FAQs and myth-busting

    WorkSafe NZ answers questions about the Health and Safety at Work Act, and dispels some of the myths,

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  • How to manage work risks

    WorkSafe NZ guidance on how to manage your work health and safety risks, including a framework to help you through the process for identifying, assessing, managing and controlling risks.

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  • SupportAdventure website

    Support, guidance and tools to help adventure activity and outdoor recreation operators strengthen safety systems and encourage a culture of safety across their operations. The website is managed by TIA with strong industry input.

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  • Creating an H&S culture

    www.business.govt.nz has practical tips and tools for creating a health and safety culture in your workplace.

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  • ACC resources for small business

    ACC booklets and other resources to help small businesses manage health and safety and common hazards, including how to get an ACC levy discount for safe workplace practices.

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