Guidance puts a maritime lens on HSWA

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 50, June 2016

Maritime NZ has published guidance to help maritime operators understand their new obligations in preparation for the new Health and Safety at Work Act.

A suite of eight new guidance documents explains different aspects of HSWA, and how maritime operators can meet their new duties on due diligence, worker engagement, overlapping and upstream responsibilities, facilities, managing asbestos and surveying. The guidance is tailored to how these requirements apply in a maritime setting.

A user group of industry representatives has had the opportunity to ‘weigh in’ on the type of informational tools that will be most helpful to the sector. It is also considering the differences in the needs of large and small operators. Input from this group is being factored into future guidance and education materials.

“The new law has been a key driver in improved health and safety awareness. The focus of operators is on where the “rubber meets the road’,” says Doug Loder, Federation of Commercial Fisherman President, and participant in the industry user group.

More plain English information will be published over the coming months and an updated Health and Safety Guide, reflecting the new HSWA duties, will be produced by the end of the month.

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