GRACE PE­RIOD OVER FOR H& S LEG­IS­LA­TION

NZ Business - - BRIEFCASE -

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

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