On 4 April 2016, the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) came into force bringing new responsibilities for everyone in the workplace. The new law is part of a reform package aimed at reducing the number of serious work-related injuries and deaths in New Zealand by at least 25 percent by 2020.
We know we have a problem in this country. Too many New Zealanders die or are seriously hurt while working. In comparison with other similar countries, our workplace health and safety record is woeful. Every year:
- 52 people die on the job,
- hundreds more are seriously injured, and
- 600-900 die from work-related diseases.
Something has to change. We all need to work smarter and work together to do something about it.