Who will be responsible on the farm?

August 15 2014

“Last year we wrote an article that summarised the Report of the Independent Task Force on workplace health and safety. Since that time the Health and Safety Reform Bill has been introduced to Parliament. The current Parliamentary term has now finished and the Bill has not been enacted. Whatever the shape of the next government, this legislation is likely to be a priority. The Bill contains 312 sections and represents significant reform to New Zealand health and safety laws as they relate to the workplace.”

One of the areas that the Bill seeks to address is accountability. The Task Force had as an objective:

“that the law makes is clear to duty holders (those who create and/or are in the best position to manage risks to workplace health and safety) what their legal duties are and holds them to account for undertaking those duties.”

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