• Risk and Reward — Health and Safety

    | Categories: Health and Safety

    The Health and Safety Reform Bill, which started its slow progress last year, took another step forward in late July with its second reading in Parliament.
    Meanwhile, tragically preventable accidents, particularly in high risk sectors such as quarrying, forestry, farming, manufacturing, transport and construction, keep the pressure on for better safety outcomes.
    The lengthy gestation period of the proposed legislation has aggravated employer uncertainty about the implications of the proposed legislation and its wider definitions of who is responsible for health and safety. The Bill introduces the concept of a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking or ‘PCBU’. PCBUs will have primary duty of care for health and safety at work.

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