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Position statements

These documents clarify WorkSafe New Zealand’s position on procedures.

Officers' due diligence

This position sets out the due diligence duty of officers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA). It outlines the standard of care that we expect officers to meet when carrying out due diligence.

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Duties relating to other people at work

This position sets out what we expect of a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) and workers in relation to other people at a place of work and what we expect of other people at a place of work. Our expectations are based on the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA). The idea behind these requirements is that everyone is responsible for health and safety at work.

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Worker engagement, participation and representation

This position sets out our expectations on worker engagement, participation and representation in health and safety. It also outlines the related duties of engagement and participation.

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Work-related (occupational) health

This position sets out our expectations of duty holders (you) in following the work-related health requirements of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) and the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016 (GRWM regulations).

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Overlapping duties

This position sets out our expectations in situations where Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) have overlapping duties, including contracting chains.

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Risk management at work

This position statement sets out how we expect duty holders (you) to manage risks to the health and safety of all people affected by the conduct of your work. Our expectations are based on the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).

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Upstream PCBUs

This position sets out our expectations of those Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) with ‘upstream’ duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

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Health and safety of volunteers at work

This position sets out our approach to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) for: volunteer workers and other volunteers; volunteer associations; and Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) that use volunteers to carry out business functions and activities.

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Asbestos clearance procedures

This document clarifies WorkSafe New Zealand’s position on clearance procedures when work involving asbestos has taken place.

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Dealing with earthquake-related hazards: Information for employers and owners of workplace buildings - Position Statement

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), employers and owners of buildings which are places of work must identify and manage hazards in the place of work where practicable - this includes building-related hazards.

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Machinery - Position paper for the safe use of machinery

This document sets out the position on the application of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE Act) and Regulations for the safe use of machinery. It is primarily focussed on the manufacturing sector but the principles apply to machinery in any workplace.

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Managing occupational health on potentially contaminated sites

This document clarifies WorkSafe New Zealand’s position on small-scale work that disturbs soil on potentially contaminated land. These are sites that have been used for activities in the Hazardous Activities and Industries List.

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Quarry Manager’s Certificate of Competence - Position paper

This position statement sets out a transitional enforcement and compliance approach that the High Hazards Unit (HHU Extractives) of WorkSafe New Zealand will apply in regard to the certificate of competence requirements for quarry managers under the Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013 [the regulations].

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Remediating Asbestos – contaminated sites

This document clarifies WorkSafe New Zealand’s position on assessing, remediating and managing asbestos-contaminated sites.

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Tunnelling Operations Position Statement

This position statement clarifies the tunnelling operations that WorkSafe considers are within the scope of the Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013 [the mining regulations]. It also lays out the operations the HHU Extractives will focus on.

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Working at heights - Health and Safety Position Paper

This document sets out the position on the application of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 to situations with the potential for a fall from height. It is primarily focussed on work in the construction sector but the principles apply to working at height in any workplace.

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When will WorkSafe intervene?

This document sets out WorkSafe New Zealand’s (WorkSafe) approach for determining whether it is appropriate for WorkSafe to intervene in circumstances where WorkSafe and another agency both have a role in promoting work health and safety.

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Last updated 9 January 2017