Working safely at height
2016 saw legislation for health and safety in the workplace come into force bringing new responsibilities for everyone.
Where the potential of a fall exists you shall consider if the job can be done without exposing persons to the hazard (eliminate) or take steps to minimise the likelihood of any harm.
The requirement for fall protection is deemed by law and guidelines are set by safety standards authorities.
The Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 is part of a reform package aimed at reducing the number of serious work-related injuries and deaths in New Zealand by at least 25 percent by 2020.
Previous regulations were being easily misinterpreted or incorrectly applied and duty holders had difficulty knowing their responsibilities and whether they have done enough to comply.
Everyone has a role to play in keeping people safe.
Everyone has a role to play in keeping people safe and healthy at work, but with responsibilities that match what people can reasonably influence and manage.