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The Government announced the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) to replace the Alert Level system from 11:59pm on 2 December 2021. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) agencies (as PCBUs) are required to take all reasonable steps to provide a safe working environment for workers. This includes:
Critical risk management
The identification and management of risks is a key concept of good health and safety management. The Health and Safety Act (HSWA) 2015 places a duty to eliminate or minimise the risks to workers so far as is reasonably practical, and effective risk management supports this process, as is effective recording of the events that do, or could potentially, cause harm to workers.
Driving (work-related road safety)
In December 2019 the Road to Zero: NZ’s road safety strategy 2020-2030 was launched, Waka Kotahi (NZTA) is the lead agency supporting the coordination and implementation of work-related road safety to the strategy. The Road to Zero Strategy explicitly states that businesses and organisations all have clear obligations for work-related road safety which covers all work-related activity in New Zealand.
Overlapping Duties, Supply Chain & Procurement
Government agencies have multiple, complex relationships with other Businesses or Undertakings. Agencies have an ability to influence wider improvement of health and safety in New Zealand through supply chain leadership with the significant amount of procurement of goods and services they collectively undertake. To do this well, they need to ensure they understand how to meet their obligations of Overlapping Duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act.