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Alert24 - Safeguard Update

Legislation progress

Legislation progress
Article Type:
News
Publication Date:
2014-12-12
Jurisdiction:
New Zealand

The Government has missed its original deadline for passing the Health and Safety Reform Bill.

The Working Safer blueprint issued in August 2013, the Government's official response to the Independent Taskforce report, stated that the act was to be passed, and key regulations, ACOPs and other guidance material were to be completed, by December 2014.

With Parliament now in recess until February the new legislation is still before the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee, which is not scheduled to report its findings back to the House until the end of March.

The package of regulations currently in development - General workplace and risk; Employee engagement, representatives and committees; Asbestos; Working with hazardous substances; and Major hazard facilities - has also progressed more slowly than anticipated. MBIE's principal policy advisor Kelly Hanson-White told an October meeting of the Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum that her team hoped to present its recommendations to Cabinet before Christmas. Safeguard understands this has not yet occurred, and that no firm date has been set.

A spokesperson for MBIE says the bill is likely to come into force in the second half of 2015, and that between the passing of the bill and the date that it comes into force there will be an adequate interval to ensure duty holders can get to grips with their responsibilities under the new law.

 

People Mentioned:
Kelly Hanson-White
Organisations Mentioned:
WorkSafe NZ; MBIE
Reference No:
141212CA-6560

From Alert24 - Safeguard Update

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