The new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) comes into effect on 4 April 2016. This legislation covers all workplaces, including quarries. A key feature of the new Act is the creation of a PCBU - a ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’. While a PCBU may be an individual person or an organisation, in most cases it will be a company. A PCBU must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and that other people are not put at risk by its work. This is called the ‘primary duty of care’.

To view the New Health & Safety Act Click Here

A series of regulations are being developed to support the new Act. These include regulations passed in 2013 for the quarrying and mining sector. To view regulations Click Here

In addition, there are Guidelines to the new Act and Regulations. In November 2015, WorkSafe issued the first ever Good Practice Guidelines for the quarrying and alluvial mining sector. To view guidelines Click Here

The Guidelines cover 262 pages and provide much detail. There is also a handy pocket guide, designed for on-site use. You can request copies from WorkSafe Copies of the Good Practice Guide and Pocketbooks available on request from WorkSafe – 0800 030 040 or info@worksafe.govt.nz 
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