A discussion document outlining proposals for new health and safety regulations has been released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The discussion paper – Developing regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act – is part of the Government’s Working Safer package of reforms, which aims to reduce New Zealand’s workplace serious injury and death toll of 25 per cent by 2020.

The Health and Safety Reform Bill currently before Select Committee will, if enacted, create the Health and Safety at Work Act. The regulations proposed in the discussion document would support the new Act.

MBIE requires feedback on the regulations to ensure the new health and safety framework is practical and robust.

To tell us what you think of the proposals in the discussion paper:

  1. Download the discussion paper, either in full or in part by chapter. In all instances, please download Chapter 1, as it contains important background information applying to all the other chapters.
  2. Download a submission form.
  3. Email your completed submission form to HSWregs@mbie.govt.nz by no later than Friday 18th July 2014.

MBIE will review and consider submissions before seeking Cabinet approval for the final content of regulations.

Source: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/about-us/consultation/development-of-regulations-to-support-the-new-health-and-safety-at-work-act