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Health & Safety at Work Act - small business guide

New Zealand Health and Safety law is changing. This practical guide is designed to help you as a small business owner understand the new health and safety legislation.

New Site Access Cards

Along with our refreshed Site Safe brand, we have refreshed our site access (passport) cards. We're pleased to introduce the new Site Safe Safety Card.

Site Safe Brand Launch

Site Safe today launched a new brand update, with the Site Safe logo and collateral being updated to a fresh, accessible look.

Getting Ready for the Health and Safety at Work Act

The Health and Safety at Work Act coming into force on 4 April 2016. Learn how to get ready...

Working safely this Summer

Construction work is usually busy and more dangerous leading up to, and after the holiday season. Don't let the pressures of the season lead you to take shortcuts with health and safety.

2015 Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Award Winners

INTAKS NZ Ltd, McLeod Hiabs, Men at Work and Kristina Wischnowsky are the four winners of the 2015 Site Safe Construction Health & Safety Awards.

Wellington & Christchurch Member Seminars

Members are invited to join us in Wellington or Christchurch for a health and safety seminar and graduation event.

Tickets now on sale for the Evening of Celebration

The evening hosts Site Safe's Graduation and Construction Health and Safety Awards and is about recognising and awarding people and organisations.

Finalists announced - Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards 2015

Click to find out who are the finalists for the four award categories.

Annual General Meeting Update

Site Safe announces the results of the 2014-2015 AGM
- Confirms two general directors,
- Confirms one employee director,
- Accepts four other resolutions.

Health and Safety Reform Bill passes

The Health and Safety Reform Bill has passed its third reading and will come into force on 4 April 2016.

Evening of Celebration - Tickets on sale

Entries are now open for the 2015 Site Safe NZ Construction Health and Safety Awards.

Changes to Health and Safety Reform Bill

Several key changes were announced by WorkSafe NZ to the Health and Safety Reform Bill currently before Parliament.

Upskilling your business

Apart from meeting basic legal requirements, leading businesses recognise that upskilling employees is one of the best investments you can make. Our free SSSP document can help you do this, read on to find out more.

Survey reveals 'it won't happen to me attitude'

The Health and Safety Attitudes and Behaviours in the New Zealand Workforce survey reveals 'it won't happen to me' attitude.

Price changes from 1 June 2015

As of 1 June this year, there will be a slight increase to some of our pricing for our training courses.

Geoff Wilson wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Safeguard

Former General Manager of Membership & Policy at Site Safe NZ has won the Lifetime Achievement Award for his influential 50-year career in health & safety.

Site Safe New Zealand's Industry Survey

Site Safe New Zealand is committed to developing and delivering the best possible training for the industry.

Pioneering programme a win-win for New Zealand employers and Filipino workers

Site Safe and international recruitment company, One World Resourcing, are announcing an exclusive, new health and safety training programme in the Philippines.

Chief Executive Update - March 2015

This year's strategic plan will see us continuing to promote a culture of health and safety in New Zealand construction.

Introducing SiteWise

Site Safe is excited to announce the re-launch of the AppCon pre-qualification and contractor management tool: SiteWise.

New Regulations for Building Work

New consumer protection regulations for residential building work took effect from 1 January 2015.

ContactEnergy and its Contractors Work Together to Enhance Safety Culture

For the last few years Contact has been changing how they communicate with their team about safety, with the introduction of the Stay Safe Mate initiative.

Fine for Failing to Test for Asbestos

In December 2014 the manager of an Apartment Renovation Company in Auckland was fined $40,000 for failing to test for the presence of asbestos in a build.

Safety Gear Not Being Used Leads to Injuries and Prosecution

In February of this year, a Wanganui based roofing company was prosecuted for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employee so that they were not exposed to the risk of a fall from heights when carrying out roofing work.

Costs and Benefits of the Working at Heights

BRANZ was commissioned by the Scaffolding, Access and Rigging Association New Zealand to independently investigate the costs and benefits of the Working at Heights programme.

Attracting Women to Trade Work

The Ministry for Women recently published the handbook 'Growing your trade's workforce: how to attract women to your jobs'.

Up-skilling for Work in Christchurch

Over the last few months SiteSafe has been helping up-skill unemployed workers from the Far North to assist with the Christchurch rebuild.

The Builders Pocket Guide

Site Safe is a sponsor of the Builders pocket guide which aims to give practical advice on managing worksites and the environment to comply with the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), and regional and local council rules and regulations.

Blended Learning

Site Safe NZ is exploring options for a blended learning approach to Health and Safety training. This approach is to help support learners with their training, but also to provide easier access to material and resources.

Site Safe relaunches AppCon as SiteWise

New Site Safe training programme being launched in the Philippines

Upcoming Health and Safety Law - it's your duty to care

New Zealand workplaces will need to comply with new health and safety law in 2015

Health and Safety = logical business sense

In 2013 B&D Construction gained entry into Site Safe's Construction Safety Charter Accredited programme.

Winners Announced! Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards Media Release

We had four winners on the night and the awards were presented and celebrated at the Evening of Celebration event in Auckland, 5th November. 

Stepping up and celebrating success

Held at the Ellerslie Event centre in Auckland on 5 November, the Evening of Celebration celebrates success and excellence in construction health and safety by awarding graduates of the Certificate in Construction Site Safety, and presenting the winners of Site Safe's Construction Health and Safety Awards.

Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum's Fatigue Guide

The Fatigue Guideline has been put together by the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum.

We're on the move! Auckland Centre is relocating

To support the needs of the Auckland construction industry, we're moving to a bigger venue with a purpose built height facility. Open date is 1 September.

Notification of AGM / Call for Board Nominations / Proposed Change to Rules

Site Safe members will soon receive a memorandum on the 2014 Site Safe Annual General Meeting (AGM) and call for Board member nominations. The memo also discusses the proposed change of constitutional rules for co-opting Board Directors.

Entries Now Open - Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards 2014

The awards acknowledge people, sites and companies that are demonstrating excellence in the areas of leadership, and innovation (both small and large businesses).

Development of Regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act

A discussion document outlining proposals for new health and safety regulations has been released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Site Safe NZ Inc Price List 2014-2015 - effective 1 June 2014

Providing practical and helpful solutions and services to Site Safe members and the entire construction industry of New Zealand continues to be a core focus.

NEW Safety Awareness Workshops

Site Safes NEW Safety Awareness Workshops are a mechanism to provide greater health and safety engagement and awareness with workers.

Membership Price Changes for 2014-15

Site Safe membership fees will come into effect 1 June 2014. Membership invoices will be sent out the week commencing 5 May 2014.

Site Safe Evening of Celebration

Over 300 people from across the construction industry attended the 2013 Site Safe Evening of Celebration at the Auckland Ellerslie Event Centre on 30 th October.

Construction Health and Safety Award Winners Leading the Charge: Health and Safety on the Cusp of a Revolution

The Site Safe 2013 Construction Health and Safety Awards winners were announced and celebrated at the Evening of Celebration event in Auckland, 30th October.

The event's key-note speaker Minister of Labour Hon. Simon Bridges said "this is an important night for the newly minted champions; as this is a significant time we are truly on the cusp of a health and safety revolution."

Media Release - 500,000 Safe Actions in Construction

Now in its fourteenth year, Site Safe celebrates 500,000 safe actions of health and safety training being completed by people within the construction industry. The training takes both a skills and behavioural approach which raises awareness of safety hazards on sites and how to manage them.

Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter

In a ground-breaking partnership, more than fifty construction, insurance, central and local government leaders have signed and endorsed a Safety Charter to help keep everyone working on the Canterbury rebuild safe.

Signatories have all committed to the 10 actions in the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter, aiming to create a consistent and collective approach to health and safety on all worksites in the rebuild.

Media Release - Finalists Announced in the Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards 2013

Having started the search for construction health and safety excellence back in May, it is now time to reveal the 2013 Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Award finalists!

Site Safe Chief Executive Alison Molloy said "Recognition of great work is so important to influencing the way people think thats why we are so proud to bring these celebrations to the industry."

Announcement: National Workplace Health and Safety Reform

Today Labour Minister Simon Bridges announced "The Working Safer package - represents a major step change in New Zealands approach to meet our target of reducing the workplace injury and death toll by 25 percent by 2020.

New Service Delivery Model for MBIE's health and safety inspectorate - from 1 July

Three separate and specialised teams of Health and Safety Inspectors - Response, Investigations and Assessment.

Prosecution Corner - January 2013

Department of Labour v VLI Drilling Pty Ltd and South Pacific Meats Ltd v New Zealand Meat Workers Union Inc.

Department of Labour Media Release - Worker killed by 200 kilogram glass sheet

The Department of Labour is reminding employers that they must do all they can to protect their workers after a North Shore employee was killed unloading sheets of glass.

Prosecution Corner February 2010

Prosecutions featured continue an unfortunate theme for our industry - falls from height resulting in significant injuries and significant fines.

Prosecution Corner - News from the Courts - June 2010

For those of you who need to hear about ‘the stick' before they decide to change what they are doing, in this Prosecution Corner we feature a couple of incidents in the construction industry have lead to significant prosecutions and fines.  We would like to thank Safeguard, as prosecution information has been reproduced from Safeguard CourtBase, .

Are Workers Being Bullied to Death?

There is a culture that tells workers to harden up and many say unsafe acts are expected - this culture is driving bullying behaviour. Most employers would not openly support bullying and will likely have policies against such behaviour. Are employers not recognising bullying or are they choosing to ignore it?

Mental wellbeing in the workplace

The workplace can be a strong contributor to mental wellbeing. Work can give people the opportunity to feel productive and achieve their potential. Yet it can also be a stressful environment that contributes to the rise of mental health problems and illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Work related stress is a leading cause of poor mental health, with one in five New Zealanders affected by mental illness every year and one in three reporting days where they feel unable to work or carry out their usual activities because of problems with their mental health.

New health and safety system takes shape

In December this year, the new, stand-alone Crown agency WorkSafe New Zealand will assume oversight of the workplace health and safety system. It is a significant step towards better health and safety outcomes for this country.

CE Report - Construction - Proud to be Safe!

Site Safe has recently launched a new strategic direction. Have a look at the new one page strategy for Site Safe as we are interested in hearing the views of our membership.

Managing the hazard of Drugs and Alcohol on the Construction Site

Drugs, alcohol and substance impairment a significant hazard...

Health and Safety Lingo

There are health and safety terms that are often confusing or a little hazy to define...

Environment Canterbury - "Managing Concrete Wash Water"

Stormwater drains are for rain water only nothing else. Concrete wash water is toxic and will kill fish and eels if it reaches a waterway.

Monitoring your employees' hearing

Exposure to excessive noise is a main cause of hearing loss, with many New Zealanders working in noisy environments.

CE Update - Advocating Nationally to Influence and Strengthen Construction's Health and Safety Record

To support current growth in the construction sector, and Governments new crown agency WorkSafe NZ - Site Safe New Zealand is finding better ways to enable the construction industry to speak with one voice so as to strengthen the influence around health and safety in construction policy and thinking.

Health and Safety Lingo

There are health and safety terms that are often confusing or a little hazy to define. Site Safes Health and Safety Lingo section is here to help - providing definitions to common health and safety terms.

WorkSafe NZ launched

On the 16 December 2013, WorkSafe New Zealand launched and took over the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment/Labour Group as New Zealand's official workplace health and safety agency.

Health and Safety Competency Framework Study

The Construction Safety Council, made up of representatives from several construction related trade associations, have developed a health and safety competency framework.

National Construction Pipeline Report Released

The National Construction Pipeline report, released by the Productivity Partnership on 10 December 2013, points to an unprecedented level of building and construction in New Zealand over the next five years.

After work drinks for under-age staff

Its common-place for workplaces to host Friday drinks and after-work functions, but do you know where you stand when it comes to giving alcohol to staff under the legal drinking age?

What health monitoring do you carry out for your employees?

Its the employers responsibility to protect staff from workplace hazards and make sure hazard controls are working one way is through monitoring employees health.

Health Monitoring necessary for those working with Asbestos

The hazards of exposure to asbestos fibre have been raised in relation to the rebuild of Christchurch. These become significant when asbestos is damaged or abraded and releases fibres into the air which are then capable of being inhaled.

Is gout impacting the safety of your employees, and your work site?

Is gout an issue at your workplace? Do you have high rates of sick-leave due to gout?


Betteridge Engineering Limited appeared for sentencing at Hutt Valley District Court in September 2013 after pleading guilty for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of their employees.

The NZ Defence Force renews Heads of Agreement with Site Safe

The NZDF updated and signed their Heads of Agreement with Site Safe late last year as one of their initiatives to make health and safety a priority not only within the NZDF, but also with their contractors.

Wellness Forum - 'Create a Healthy Workplace on a Budget'

ACC, Regional Public Health, the Health and Productivity Institute of New Zealand (HAPINZ) and the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) hosted a Create a Healthy Workplace on a Budget forum at Te Papa on 19 November 2013.

Forum on Workplace Carcinogens

The purpose of the Forum was to raise awareness about the neglected area of workplace management and monitoring of workplace carcinogens. Both organisations recognise the improvement needed to manage and monitor workplace carcinogens

Site Safe Website Updates - coming soon

Site Safe is currently developing our website to also accept payments online for membership and products such as danger signs and hazard boards.


We know that New Zealands health and safety legislation landscape is going to change soon. The Health and Safety Reform Bill is likely to be passed through parliament this calendar year, and the law come into force April 2015.

Health and Safety Study Tour to Victoria, Australia - unveils lessons to New Zealand construction

With New Zealands impending health and safety changes set to align with Australian model law; there is a need for a strong and practical understanding of Australian construction health and safety practices.

Health and Safety reform bill introduced

The biggest health and safety reform in 20 years is one step closer with the introduction of the Health and Safety Reform Bill into Parliament.

Health and Safety Lingo

The Health and Safety Reform Bill currently in Parliament introduces a new concept: PCBU Person Conducting Business or Undertaking.

Getting health & safety messages out to staff

In the last Safety Insite, we looked at McConnell Dowells award winning creative solutions to high risk hazards on site. In this issue we are looking at McConnell Dowells method of communicating health and safety on site.

Workers fined over scaffolding accident

Two workers have been ordered to pay a total of more than $22,000 in fines and reparations over a scaffolding accident in Dunedin last year which left a roofer with multiple fractures.

Technology and Innovation corner: Prefabrication

Prefabrication means to build offsite and then transport and assemble onsite. This innovative construction process is often undertaken in a factory, yard or any other space that can improve cost, logistics, convenience and most importantly health and safety of workers.


New Zealanders like a cold, refreshing drink but did you know that in one 600 millilitre (ml) bottle of fizzy drink, theres about 16 teaspoons of sugar?

WorkSafe NZ Update - May 2014

Best practice guidelines on workplace bullying were released by WorkSafe New Zealand in February this year. The guidelines are a big step forward in support and guidance for businesses and individuals about what is a prevalent workplace hazard.

NZDF's Commitment to Health & Safety

The New Zealand Defence Force updated and signed their Head of Agreement commitment with Site Safe in late 2013, as one of their initiatives to make health and safety a priority for their staff and contractors.

Member Profile - Hutt Gas & Plumbing Systems Ltd

NEW Site Safe posters for purchase

Site Safe now offers new Organisational Drivers posters for purchase.

New premises for the Site Safe Auckland Centre

The Site Safe Auckland Centre is moving to Beachcroft Avenue in Onehunga - with a proposed move in date set in late July.


At Site Safe�??s Select Committee hearing at Parliament, emphasis was placed on our views on promoting and supporting high levels of Health and Safety performance through procurement practices.

Inadequate Scaffolding Leads to Fine

An Auckland roofing company was fined $15,000 for failing to ensure it had adequate measures in place to protect its workers from the risk of falling from a second-story residential roof.

Construction firm fined $60,000 for a fall from height

In February this year an Auckland construction company was fined $60,000 because it failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its worker while working at height.

Construction Assessment Tools Debrief Report

In February and March 2014, WorkSafe NZ tested a range of new assessment tools to be used by our Inspectors to support their site visits. The tools were focussed on asbestos, excavations, mobile plant - including elevated work platforms, cranes, all plant using wheels, tracks and rollers and concrete pump booms.

Serious about Reducing Harm

New Zealand's health and safety regulatory body WorkSafe has already made a positive impact, Lauren Prestney from Site Safe speaks to Marcus Nalter and Vadim Spice about their fresh strategic approach in the construction sector.

The development of health and safety regulations - in a nutshell

In May 2014 Government released a discussion document about the regulations that will support the new Health and Safety at Work Act.  The Government's intention is to work on the regulations in two phases.

Site Safe's new video on 'Site Safety'

Site Safe recently teamed up with Environment Canterbury (Ecan), WorkSafe NZ and industry to create a quick summary video on site health and safety. 

Hawkins in the Canterbury Rebuild - AppCon workshops

The Hawkins Project Management Office facilitates work for the Rebuild Insurer, IAG.  Hawkins and IAG have committed to create a consistent and collective approach to health and safety on their sites, as outlined in the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter. 

Health and Safety Lingo

The proposed new law introduces the term 'officer'and their 'due diligence'

Wise words from our 'Site Safe Small Business Health and Safety Award Winner' - MBC

Site Safe sponsored the Small Business Award at the national Safeguard Workplace Awards in Health and Safety which took place in May 2014.

WorkSafe's new guidelines -

WorkSafe NZ has recently launched the following new guidelines and factsheets that are useful for the construction industry�?�

Chief Executive Update - June 2015

In this article I discuss significant Site Safe milestones for both members and the industry, and how we are growing staff numbers to better serve our members and provide an even greater level of training.

Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards

The annual Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards are a highlight of our calendar, and we're gearing up to open the entries for the 2015 awards soon. If you'd like to know what it takes to win one of these awards, check out these case studies from two of last year's winners, Russell Group and Rupp Consulting Ltd.

Prosecution: Site Principals Lack of Contractor Supervision Leads to Fine

An Auckland-based construction company has been prosecuted for failing to take all practicable steps as a site principal to ensure the safety of a contractor's employee so that they were not exposed to the risk of a fall from heights when installing purlins. The employee suffered severe injuries, including fractured bones, a head injury and ongoing amnesia and headaches.

Health and Safety Prequalification - Introducing SiteWise (the new AppCon)

Health and Safety Prequalification is a term that's gaining some traction around New Zealand workplaces, and especially within the construction sector. But what is prequalification, exactly? And why does it matter?

Reform bill progress

Why is there a new reform bill?

In New Zealand too many people get injured or killed at work. 75 people per year die on the job, one in ten are harmed. In order to change that, the current Health and Safety law is being reformed.

Growth in building and construction looks promising

The second National Construction Pipeline Report predicts continued growth in building and construction in New Zealand. The report draws on evidence from Statistics NZ, Pacifecon NZ Ltd and forecasts by BRANZ covering both residential and non-residential building.

WorldSkills Oceania 2015

Site Safe is proud to celebrate the success of its member companies who have won awards at the WorldSkills Oceania Competition. The New Zealand team won 18 medals and four of these came from Site Safe member companies.

Price changes

As of 1 June this year, there will be a slight increase to some of our pricing for our training courses, both for passport level and higher level courses.

Mandarin Building Construction Passport delivered by Ann Chia

Auckland's newest Safety Advisor, Ann Chia, brings to Site Safe a unique skill set.

Update on Site Safe Training in the Philippines

Site Safe has partnered with One World Resourcing NZ in the Philippines to bring qualified workers to New Zealand. Workers are first assessed in a state-of-the-art facility near Manila for construction skills competencies.

Chief Executive Update - August 2015

The Annual General Meeting will be held on September 23rd. We have two vacant director positions. I encourage you to vote as your say as a member is so valuable. Also if you are in Christchurch on the day please attend the meeting and take the opportunity to talk with staff and directors.

Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards

In 2014 we had an amazingly talented group of winners.  A couple of last year's winners, MacKays to Peka Peka and Sky Mason Developments are detailed inside.  Check them out and get inspiration to see what it takes to win one of these awards.

Taking safety inspections to the skies

A large Wellington based shopping centre recently approached Site Safe to conduct an audit and inspection of its roofs to help it identify the best ways to conduct maintenance work at height.

Machine guards are a must

A Nelson based forestry company has been prosecuted for failing to take all practical steps to ensure the safety of an employee, who suffered a serious laceration as well as nerve, tendon and muscle damage in a work site accident. The company was fined $45,000 and order to pay $10,000 in reparations.

Evening of Celebration 2015

November this year will see our evening of celebration hosted in Auckland. The Evening of Celebration celebrates success and excellence in construction health and safety by awarding graduates of the Certificate in Construction Site Safety, presenting the winners of the Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards and announcing Scholarship recipients.

Memorandum of Agreement - New Training Partnership

In July Site Safe formed two memorandums of agreement with Vertical Horizonz and Safety 'n Action.

Unitec Site Safe relationship and delivery agreement signed

Safety Insite December 2015 - New Brand

We have recently reviewed and refreshed the Site Safe brand. We are keeping the trusted Site Safe name, while updating our logo and collateral to a fresh, accessible look.

Safety Insite December 2015 - Prosecution Corner

An Auckland based construction firm was fined $36,750 following a guilty plea entered under sections 6 and 50 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act...

Safety Insite December 2015 - WorkSafe Update

With the Health and Safety at Work Act coming into force on 4 April 2016, there has been plenty of speculation, myths and misinformation around supposed health and safety costs, responsibilities, enforcement and penalties...

Safety Insite December 2015 - Health Promotion Agency

Drinking alcohol is a part of many New Zealanders' lives but, for a significant proportion, the amount and pattern of drinking causes harm both to themselves and others...

Safety Insite December 2015 - Evening of Celebration

Held at Alexandra Park in Auckland on 11 November, the Evening of Celebration celebrated graduates in the Certificate in Construction Site Safety, Scholarship graduates and winners of the Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards.

Safety Insite December 2015 - Chief Executive Update

We are nearly at the end of 2015 and when I stop and look back, the team here at Site Safe been working hard to help the industry. Some of the highlights for me are...

Safety Insite December 2015 - NZQA's Targeted Review of Training

The Skills Organisation is calling for feedback on four draft qualifications, with feedback sought to refine and further the second phase of development.

Safety Insite December 2015 - Calling trained H&S reps

Safety 'n Action, one of Site Safe's strategic partners, has been appointed the sole deliverer of Government-funded Health and Safety Representative (HSR) transition training in partnership with WorkSafe New Zealand.