Following on from 2014 consultation regarding proposed Health and Safety regulations to support the Health and Safety Reform Bill (Bill), the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published initial exposure drafts on the following regulations:
- Regulations for General Risk and Workplace Management; and
- Regulations for Major Hazard Facilities.
The General Risk and Workplace Management draft regulations support the primary duty of a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) under the Bill. The draft regulations address duties in relation to:
- identifying hazards;
- the provision of general workplace facilities (such as toilets, rest areas and ventilation);
- the provision of first aid and personal protective equipment;
- remote or isolated work;
- young persons at work; and
- health monitoring.
The Major Hazard Facilities draft regulations aim to target and mitigate the effect of major accidents that may result in significant harm to individuals, the environment and the economy. These draft regulations will affect workplaces working with hazardous substances (for example, explosives, aerosols and flammable gases). The draft regulations address:
- a tiered definition of a “major hazard facility” depending on the quantity of hazardous substances at the facility;
- duties of operators of major hazard facilities; and
- requirements for design notices and safety cases for major hazard facilities to be submitted to, and approved by, WorkSafe.
In addition, exposure drafts of recently-made regulations relating to Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations, Petroleum, and Adventure Activities have been published to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to comment on the proposed wording that is to be used to ensure consistency with the Bill.
MBIE has requested that all feedback on the draft regulations be provided by emailing feedback to [email protected] by Friday 15 May 2015.
Copies of the exposure draft and the details for providing feedback are available here.
To discuss the exposure drafts in detail, or for information on how your business can participate in the feedback process, please get in touch with one of the Russell McVeagh contacts below.
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