With the recent update to the Health and Safety at Work Act, businesses now have increased responsibility to provide a safe working environment to staff, visitors and to promote safe activity for all New Zealanders.
WorkSafe New Zealand is the work health and safety regulator for New Zealand. In addition, other government agencies can be designated to carry out health and safety regulatory functions for certain work. In general, WorkSafe aims to monitor and enforce compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA), providing guidance, advice and information on health and safety.
They have a dedicated area on the site that focuses on health and safety issues in the construction industry, which you can view here. In addition, they provide quick quidelines to those who are managing or on a small construction site, view here.
ACENZ and H&S
We are currently working with Worksafe to develop a set of industry guidelines that pertain more to engineering and the work we do on a daily basis. As we have updates to this initiative, they will be posted for Members only.
In late 2016, ACENZ submitted feedback on the draft Worksafe Health and Safety by Design document. ACENZ Members can view the draft document and the ACENZ feedback here (note: this is only for ACENZ Members, you will be asked to login to view).
In addition, we recently offered a Health and Safety Workshop just before our 2017 Annual Conference and are working on expanding much of the content of that workshop into an online webinar or other learning module available only for ACENZ Members.
H&S for Directors and SMEs
Until we get our guidelines up and running, we are happy to point you in the direction of other potentially useful resources out there. Below find a few links to guidelines, advice or articles that may be of interest in the Health and Safety space for Directors, SMEs or business managers, put together jointly by WorkSafe and the Institute of Directors.
- H&S Leadership - a guide for SME Owners and Directors
- H&S Guide - good governance for Directors
- Director checklist
- Sample terms of reference - Board H&S Committee
ACENZ has been engaging with Mental Health Foundation (MHF) on raising awareness of mental health and wellness in the workplace. These are the available resources available on their website:
- Open Minds
- Workplace resources
- Five ways to wellbeing workplace toolkit
- Free resources you can order here
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK (8-14 October 2018)
We encourage our members to participate in the upcoming mental health awareness week.
Get inspired by Tonkin + Taylor who has organised a domain lockout for their employees last year.
Next time when you're having your weekly staff meeting, consider a walking meeting and enjoy the smells and sounds of nature!
Please share with us any initiatives your companies have taken or will be taking in raising mental health awareness in the workplace.
We'd like to commend on our member Tony on sharing his personnel stories in the hope of empowering others to speak about their personal challenges. Read his inspiring story here.
ACENZ is gathering stories related to overcoming mental health challenges in personal and work life. If you'd like to share your stories with us please do get in touch.
HOW TO SPOT THE SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Ever wonder if the people around you (or yourself) may be going through a difficult time and may need extra support? Watch video to have a better understanding of the various signs of mental illness: