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Health, Safety, and ACC

What's New

Health, Safety, and ACC — What's New
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This “What's New” records additions to commentary or legislation as they appear online. It also contains occasional items of general news but does not claim to be a full news service. For more comprehensive news please refer to our Alert24 news service.
13 November 2017
Health, Safety and ACC Online has been fully revised and updated by our expert author team. The commentary updates cover the following topics:
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the key concept of “reasonably practicable” [2.2];
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hierarchy of controls [2.4];
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permits to work [3.1.1];
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information, training, instruction or supervision [3.1.1];
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health and exposure monitoring [3.1.1];
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responsibilities and obligation of upstream duty holders [3.1.4];
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duties of PCBU designers [3.2.2];
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sharing and overlapping duties of PCBUs [3.1.10];
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due diligence [4.2];
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leadership style [4.3];
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developing engagement [4.4.3];
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hazard identification [5.1.1];
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amendments to existing HSW regulations [6.1];
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HSRs and HSCs [6.3];
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Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Amendment Regulations 2017 [6.3];
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the first three enforceable undertakings accepted by WorkSafe [7.3.1];
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the first successful prosecution by WorkSafe under the HSW Act [7.5.1];
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accident compensation [9.1];
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occupational health [10.1];
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HSW (General Risk) Regulations 2016 [10.2];
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the new HSW (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 [10.3];
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relevant occupation health case law [10.4]; and
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case studies and examples have been added to chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10.
9 May 2017
Updated Documents
The following commentary has been updated:
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the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Amendment Regulations 2017 have been added to the commentary at [6.3];
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commentary on the Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016 has been added at [6.4.01];
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the Health and Safety at Work (Petroleum Exploration and Extraction) Amendment Regulations 2017 have been added to the commentary at [6.4.02];
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the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Regulations 2017 have been added to the commentary at [6.4.05]
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the Health and Safety at Work (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Amendment Regulations 2017 have been added to the commentary at [6.4.06];
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the Accident Compensation (Earners’ Levy) Regulations 2017 have been added to the commentary at [9.1.04], and [9.2.02];
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the Accident Compensation (Experience Rating) Regulations 2017 have been added to the commentary at [9.1.04], [9.2.07],
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the Accident Compensation (Motor Vehicle Account Levies) Regulations 2016 have been added to the commentary at [9.1.04];
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the Accident Compensation (Work Account Levies) Regulations 2017 have been added to the commentary at [9.1.04], [9.2.01], and [9.2.07];
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commentary on ACC's Workplace Safety Management Practices programmes has been amended at [9.2.06];
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commentary on ACC's Workplace Safety Discount Scheme has been amended at [9.2.08]
11 May 2016
Updated Documents
The full contents of the Health, Safety and ACC publication has been replaced with updated commentary based on the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Many of the chapter headings have changed. The new material is a comprehensive guide to the new Act and includes commentary on key concepts in the Act, duties of PCBUs, leadership, tools, regulations, enforcement, accident compensation and occupational health. It also contains relevant New Zealand case law and Australian cases relevant to the interpretation of the new Act.
27 October 2015
Updated Documents
A new chapter called “Introduction to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015” has been added to the publication.
31 July 2015
Updated Documents
The following commentary has been updated:
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Workplace Safety Evaluation programme [1.1.03(1)];
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Health and safety guidelines [1.3.04];
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ACC Accredited Employers Programme [1.3.05(5)];
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Code of ACC claimants' rights [1.3.05(11)];
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Privacy Act 1993 [1.3.08];
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Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council v Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Ltd (2014) 19 ELRNZ; [2015] DCR 55 has been added at [6.1.11(1)];
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completing an accident investigation and references to s 7 of the HSE Act 1992 [8.2.01];
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guidance on accessing the scene of a workplace accident [8.3.01];
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ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices programme [9.2.01];
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WorkSafe health and safety publications [10.1]
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Standards NZ information [10.2]; and
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references to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the former Department of Labour have been replaced with WorkSafe, where appropriate;
13 May 2015
Updated Documents
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Jones v WorkSafe NZ [2015] NZHC 781 has been been added to the commentary on Penalties and sentencing factors: 4.5.01.
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Alliance Roof Solutions Ltd v Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment [2014] NZHC 2625 has been added to the commentary on the interpretation of “place of work” at 4.2.01.
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Commentary on legislation setting out sentencing factors to be taken into account for offences under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 has been updated at 4.5.01.
6 May 2015
Updated Commentary
Chapter 2 — Health and Safety, has been reviewed and updated, with new commentary added on the health and safety regulations. In particular, commentary has been updated in the following locations:
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Notifiable work at 2.4.07(6);
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Cancellation of certificates of competence at 2.4.08(1);
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Approved Codes of Practice at 2.5.12.
4 May 2015
Updated Commentary
Chapter 3 — Accident Compensation, has been reviewed and updated, with new commentary added on the new 2015 regulations on the work account levy and the earner's levy. Commentary has also been updated on the ACC Accredited Employer Programme at 3.3.
1 May 2015
Updated Commentary
Chapter 5 — Hazard Management, has been reviewed, with new commentary added on where guidance can be found for each hazard type. New commentary has also been added in the following locations:
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The table of workplace fatalities has been updated at 5.2;
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Information on working with computers and the types of hazards involved has been added at 5.8;
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WorkSafe NZ v Britton [2015] NZDC 2101 has been added to the commenatary at 5.9 on electricity;
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Commentary on rest and meal breaks has been updated at 5.10.03 on Employee Welfare.

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