Health & Safety
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015: now requires effective methods for identifying existing and potential hazards & regularly assessing the hazards.
Systematic process to manage hazards in the workplace
- Consistent across the organisation or industry
- Process to review hazards and assess controls
- Compliance with Worksafe legislation & ACC requirements
- Tools provided:
- Identification; assessment of risks; control
- “A PCBU, in managing risks to health and safety, must identify hazards that could give rise to reasonably foreseeable risks to health and safety”.
The four underlying principles in determining a reasonable and practical approach are:
Is it foreseeable that a person could be injured or at risk of injury as a consequenceof the hazards and workplace activities?
Is there evidence of causative factors that could result in a person being injured or at risk of injury?
Is it possible to take reasonable action(s) to prevent a person being injured or at risk of injury?
Is it reasonable to take preventable action(s) based on reasonable demands on the people and organisations responsible, this includes financial and physical requirements.