Le­gal changes are fast ap­proach­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - JOHN BROS­NAN

You have ne­go­ti­ated the Christ­mas and the New Year breaks with the team, so now is a good time to take a breath and con­sider – what next? ma­chin­ery? Are you and your team re­quired to wear safety ap­parel or safety hel­mets? Does health and safety fea­ture reg­u­larly in your work­place meet­ings?

Do you have in place and ad­here to a zero tol­er­ance drug and al­co­hol pol­icy? Do you have reg­is­ters set up to show that you have ev­ery­thing in place?

Though you may not per­son­ally agree with all the changes in the worksafe leg­is­la­tion and wish to hark back to the days when kids climbed trees and rode on trays and trail­ers, the re­al­ity is that this will be­come the law now and as an em­ployer you are go­ing to be held ac­count­able to the new leg­is­la­tion. By en­sur­ing that you are com­pli­ant, you’ll avoid any un­nec­es­sary ex­pen­di­ture or wast­ing your pre­cious sur­plus cash on fines.

I can hear the dis­grun­tled sounds from those who ‘‘have never done this’’ but this won’t be seen as a means of de­fence, should an is­sue be raised and you are in­ves­ti­gated.

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