Workplace health and safety has never been more important, with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requiring businesses to take a pro-active approach to health and safety, and placing an emphasis on greater accountability for employers and directors. We keep your business on the front foot at all times, encompassing the key fundamentals of health and safety in the workplace across all industries within New Zealand.
Read the first edition of our Health & Safety newsletter. It covers important trends, relevant cases and recent decisions including the learnings from the Whakaari/White Island prosecutions.
Our specialist health and safety team are leaders in this rapidly changing legal environment. We have extensive experience handling significant health and safety issues for insurers, private and public companies, trade and industry associations, and a wide range of SMEs. This broad range of industry specific experience gives us the ability to provide expert advice on health and safety obligations of companies, their boards and senior management.
When accidents do occur, we regularly act to defend workplace health and safety prosecutions. Workplace accidents require a rapid and coordinated response. Working across five offices, our specialist health and safety team has the geographic coverage to be on the ground across the country immediately, to support our clients when a health and safety incident happens.
We carry out and advise clients on workplace health and safety investigations after a serious incident has occurred following ICAM principles to identify breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and appropriate corrective actions. We also work with clients advising on the legal implications and requirements for licensing of asbestos, controlled substances and hazardous substances.
Our health and safety team take an active role in building industry knowledge on the importance of health and safety. We are members of a range of professional organisations, including the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRNZ), Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ), New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) and the Institute of Directors (IoD).