Health and Safety at Te Waihora

Recent changes to the Health and Safety Work Act have had an impact on the way organisations across the country, operate and David Murphy, Programme Implementation Manager, Whakaora Te Waihora, says the key thing people need to realise regarding the changes is that everyone has a role to play.

“We work with everyone involved in the Whakaora Te Waihora programme to ensure they understand their responsibilities under the new legislation,” says David.

“The recent changes mean all organisations need to be more accountable but the changes are things we should be doing anyway,” he says.

Because the team was aware of pending changes to the legislation, they had worked hard to be health and safety ready.

“We developed a Whakaora Te Waihora health and safety management system a year before the legislation passed so that we could hit the ground running.”

To date the programme has been received good feedback on its health and safety initiatives from central Government agencies.

If people are working on projects for the programme they need to be aware of the new legislation, and have a health and safety plan in place before they begin work. The programme will also undertake on-sight checks to ensure health and safety regulations are being followed.

“We want to see everyone safe and sound at work while they are contributing to the restoration of Te Waihora” says David.