This year marks the first major overhaul of workplace health and safety legislation in 20 years, with the Health and Safety Reform Bill which has been introduced to Parliament. The ‘Working Safer: a blueprint for health and safety at work’ initiative will represent a major change to New Zealand’s health and safety system, and is aimed at reducing New Zealand’s workplace injury and death toll by 25 per cent by 2020. MBIE state that “leadership and action from businesses, workers and Government will be needed to achieve this goal.”
Prendos recognises that we are involved in an industry where construction work happens in a changing environment, and un-managed hazards can pose sudden and immediate risks to workers and bystanders. As a company we have been members of Site Safe for five years, and we actively promote a culture of safety to all of our workers.
Our building surveyors and project managers spend some time on building sites and are therefore exposed to higher levels of risk. To assist them in keeping themselves and other workers safe Prendos are putting our consultants through the “Site Safe Consultants Passport Course.” This is a four-hour session that explores the roles and responsibilities of project consultants, and how they can keep themselves safe. The course also looks at ways in which safety efforts can maximise productivity and minimise whole life project costs: delivering quality projects on time and within budget. We see this as a win-win for our consultants and clients alike!
Prendos are also acutely aware that the majority of fatalities in construction are caused by exposure to asbestos during demolition or renovation. To mitigate this risk Prendos has an additional asbestos policy appended to our full health and safety policy to ensure everyone who could be potentially exposed to this harmful substance are protected.
We are proud of our commitment to health and safety and hope that with initiatives such as the Site Safe Passport we are doing our bit to decrease New Zealand’s workplace injury and death toll year on year.
For more information on the Health and Safety reform you can visit MBIE’s website – http://www.mbie.govt.nz/what-we-do/workplace-health-and-safety-reform
For more information on construction industry health and safety you can visit ACC’s website – http://www.acc.co.nz/preventing-injuries/at-work/industry-specific-safety/PI00086
For more information on Site Safe’s building construction passport visit their website – https://www.sitesafe.org.nz/Category?Action=View&Category_id=707