GRACE PERIOD OVER FOR H& S LEGISLATION
ONE YEAR AFTER the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) came into effect, WorkSafe New Zealand is happy with the improvements many Kiwi businesses have made but there is a clear message for those who haven’t acted.
WorkSafe’s Nicky Chilton has been quoted saying that the expectation of compliance with the regulations was clear: “It’s fair to say we now do expect that businesses should understand what the requirements are and have taken action, if required."
Clint Van Marrewijk, MD of ThunderMaps and its health and safety reporting solution, the SaferMe app, urges businesses who haven’t yet taken action not to wait: “If there was a grace period for this new law, it’s effectively now over.”
Van Marrewijk said the safer.me app mission is to keep workers safe and make that process pain-free and affordable.
“SaferMe eliminates paper forms, allows hazard and H&S reporting from your mobile, and it’s based around engagement of employees who can all use the app. Team engagement and participation around H&S was a key aspect of the new law."
ThunderMaps’ SaferMe health and safety reporting solution was introduced in November 2016 and is already processing over 50,000 new reports per day.
More information about the HSWA can be found at www.worksafe.govt.nz/worksafe. Information about SaferMe is at https://learn.thundermaps.com/risk-reporting/
CLINT VAN MARREWIJK