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For workers

For workers

 [image] Richard Wagstaff, President NZCTU.

Everyone who goes to work deserves to come home healthy and safe. You and your workmates are entitled to work in environments where the risks to your health and safety are properly controlled.

The purpose of HSWA is to protect you against harm arising from work by making sure everyone plays their part. The best health and safety outcomes are achieved when everyone works together to manage risks.

So while the primary responsibility for work health and safety lies with the business, you must take reasonable care of your own health and safety and ensure that your actions don’t cause harm to you or others.

Businesses have a duty to consult with you, and/or your Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) (if the business has one) on matters relating to health and safety.

They must also have effective, on-going ways for you to make suggestions, raise ideas, or take other steps to improve health and safety at work.

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Speak up – your voice can make the difference. You play an important part in your workplace health and safety.

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HSWA protects your involvement in workplace health and safety and no one can discriminate or take other negative steps against you because of that involvement...

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