Introduction to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 - Special Guide
In 2013 the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety reported that New Zealand’s work health and safety system was failing. As a result, New Zealand underwent its most significant workplace health and safety reforms in 20 years resulting in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) and the formation of WorkSafe New Zealand (WorkSafe).
This Guide provides a plain English explanation of key requirements under HSWA and the role of WorkSafe. It gives examples to explain certain concepts and directs readers to where they can find guidance on how to meet regulatory requirements.
As this Guide will be updated regularly, please check the WorkSafe website for the latest version.
This Guide provides an introduction to New Zealand’s key health work and safety law and its regulator.