Under the new Health and Safety at Work Act that came in 4 April 2016, certain events must be notified to the regulator – WorkSafe New Zealand.
Do you, as a business owner (or a PCBU), know what events these are and what you need to do?
First, let's look at the different types of notifiable events:
- A death
- A notifiable illness or injury (for example an amputation)
- A notifiable incident (when a persons health and safety are seriously threatened or endangered as a result of a work situation)
Under the new act a notifiable event is when any of the above occurs as result of work. The underlining of the word 'work' is important. A death, injury or illness that is unrelated to work is not a notifiable event, for example a diabetic worker slipping into a coma at work is not a notifiable event.
How to notify
In most cases notifying WorkSafe will involve calling them on 0800 030 040, this number is available 24/7. You can also complete an online notification or complete a pdf form (for some types of events). WorkSafe have a Notify WorkSafe tool to use.
For more information on the new Act and how Site Safe can help, please visit our hubpage or download our free SME guide here.