Posted on: Aug 31, 2015

On 27 August 2015, Parliament passed the health and safety reform legislation. Introduced on 10 March 2014, the Health and Safety Reform Bill reforms New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system. Its main purpose is to provide for a balanced framework to secure the health and safety system that has already resulted in the establishment of WorkSafe New Zealand. The new health and safety at work regime replaces the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the Machinery Act 1950.

Supplementary Order Paper No 109 divided the Health and Safety Reform Bill (192-2) into the following five Bills:

  • Health and Safety at Work Bill
  • Accident Compensation Amendment Bill
  • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Amendment Bill
  • Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2), and
  • WorkSafe New Zealand Amendment Bill.

All five Bills were read a third time on 27 August 2015 and now await the Royal assent.



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