The Health and Safety Work Act (HSWA) came into force on 4 April 2016. Every year about 50 people are killed in a workplace incident and even more die an early death as a result of work-related ill-health. New Zealand's health and safety record is about twice as bad as Australia's and three times worse than the UK's. The economic cost of workplace deaths, injuries and ill-health is estimated at $3.5 billion a year, but the real toll is paid by the family, friends and co-workers of those who are killed or injured.
Council takes its health and safety responsibilities seriously. Under the new legislation it is clear that everyone has a duty of care. As an organisation we are implementing a variety of measures to make sure we comply with the HSWA.