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A new discussion paper from MBIE seeks to confirm the nature and scale of the problems workers and businesses face when working with plant and structures, at heights and within excavations

MBIE consulting on better health and safety regulations

A new discussion paper aimed at improving health and safety regulations for working with and around plant, structures, excavations and heights has been launched by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).


‘Implementing the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015: Better regulation – plant, structures and working at heights’ asks how MBIE could make regulations clearer and more effective to manage the key risks for many workplaces.

Saskia Patton, manager health and safety policy, says that too many people are being injured and dying at work in New Zealand, and the current health and safety regulations for plant, structures, heights and excavations are full of gaps, outdated and not fit for the modern workplace.

“We will be consulting with the public until 4 October 2019. I encourage workers and businesses in sectors where these risks are common to read the discussion paper and make a submission, particularly those working in the forestry, agriculture, manufacturing and construction sectors.

“Businesses and workers will have insights into how to implement regulations and what makes the most impact. We want to hear from everyone who works with plant, structures, scaffolding, heights or excavations.”

Reforming the health and safety regulations is part of the work to address the issues identified by both the Royal Commission on the Pike River coal mine tragedy and the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.

The discussion document can be downloaded here and feedback can be submitted online, via email, or by post. Consultation is open until 4 October 2019.

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