Your Responsibilities

Everyone must comply with new health and safety legislation. No exceptions

New Zealand's new health and safety legislation has changed the way in which companies, directors and managers need to think about and implement health and safety in the workplace.

Everything HazardCo does is designed to help small and medium businesses raise the bar, to manage and reduce risk, and improve the health, safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders in the workplace.

We take the stress out of health and safety by making the process really easy for you and your business.

Five key health and safety questions to ask yourself

What do I have to do?

The Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) clearly states that businesses, directors and managers must take responsibility for health and safety, and full compliance is critical. This can be challenging, which is why we’re here. To make it easy for you.

How difficult is it?

Relax, there’s no need to panic. Much of the new legislation isn’t really that new. In fact, a lot of it has been around for years. One of the main changes is a shift from compliance to actively managing risk every day. With the right advice and support, achieving and maintaining effective health and safety doesn't have to be difficult.

How much will it cost?

Health and safety is often considered a cost to the business, but it doesn't have to be. With some simple planning and routines, it can be both cost effective and easy to implement.

Who will help if there’s an accident?

"Hope for the best, prepare for the worst," should be your mantra. Getting clear, objective advice and support in the event of an accident at work is absolutely critical, and you can't put a price on peace of mind.

Who's responsible for what?

While there is plenty of jargon in parts of the legislation, it is vital you are clear about your responsibilities as a business owner, a director, manager or an employee. That is where we come in.


Here’s our quick guide to who’s responsible for what under the new legislation:

The Company or Organisation:

To ensure, as much as is reasonably practical, the health and safety of all workers, contractors, customers and visitors.


To exercise ongoing due diligence to ensure that the company’s health and safety policies and procedures are being properly implemented, reviewed and amended as necessary.


To take ‘reasonable care’ to keep themselves and others safe, and to co-operate with the company’s health and safety policies and procedures.

Visitors, Customers, Volunteers:

To take ‘reasonable care’ to keep themselves and others safe, and to co-operate with the company’s health and safety policies and procedures.

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