Did you know that asbestos-related disease is the leading cause of work-related death in New Zealand? This sobering statistic is being addressed as part of the recent health and safety reform.
On the 4th April 2016 the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 came into effect, with the exception of a handful of regulations covered by transitional provisions. On the 4th of April 2018, the transitional provisions will expire and the remaining regulations will come into force, affecting a significant number of NZ organisations - including many PCBUs that don't work with asbestos as part of their operations, but that do own or lease buildings that may contain products containing asbestos.
It's important to note that PCBUs who own or operate in workplaces that may contain asbestos containing materials (ACM) already have duties under the regulations in Part 2. Additionally, from 4th April 2018, all PCBUs that own, lease, or work on buildings that were constructed before the year 2000, will need to be aware of further duties under regulations 13 and 14.
The rules around managing hazardous substances that affect human health and safety in the workplace are about to change. Legal requirements for the management of hazardous substances are presently set out under the HSNO Act 1996, but from 1st December 2017 this Act will be replaced by the Hazardous Substances Regulations.
What are hazardous substances?
You may think it's obvious, but many businesses aren't even aware that they have hazardous substances in their workplaces, let alone that the company has obligations to manage them. It's important to understand what is classified as hazardous and know if you have any of these products in your workplace.
The judge set the starting point for the fine at $400,000 - $600,000, however the final amount was reduced by mitigating factors and the defendant's inability to pay a fine exceeding $100,000.
It's not often you get something useful for free... but today you do! You can give your employees life-saving information on how to deal with workplace emergency scenarios. Their quick response can mean the difference between life and death.
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