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Health & Safety

Overview
Our guidance ensures you stay on the right side of Health & Safety legislation

Hesketh Henry provides advice in the health and safety legal space including compliance advice and has experience with WorkSafe investigations and litigation.

Our employment law health and safety team has extensive experience in helping companies and boards of directors understand their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. We have provided training for staff of our clients and have been involved with designing and implementing health and safety policy documents and safety programmes.

We provide health and safety legal advice to many of our corporate clients, with the aim of avoiding problems before they occur. We also have team members on insurance company health and safety panels; through this connection our lawyers have witnessed some of the first prosecutions to occur under the new Act, and we were involved in negotiating one of the first enforceable undertakings accepted as an alternative to prosecution.

An important element of our role is keeping clients updated with health and safety legal news and developments. Our experts regularly write articles related to health and safety compliance and legal developments in this area.

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Examples

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Helping to negotiate one of the first enforced undertakings under the Health and Safety in Work Act 2015;
  • Providing Health and Safety training to the employees, managers and Board of Directors in a large retail company;
  • Assisting large national manufacturer to manage a notifiable incident;
  • Helping a client manage it’s responsibilities with regard to personal protective equipment;
  • Advising employers on their obligation when acquiring a business, including health and safety and due diligence in relation to large industrial plant and operations; and
  • Advising a large national company on the development and implementation of a drug and alcohol testing regime.
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Insights & Opinion / Health & Safety

Managing Employees’ Mental Health Issues
Ministry of Health statistics confirm that during 2016, 169,454 people accessed mental health services in New Zealand. The law of averages suggests that most workplaces will – to a lesser or greater degree – be affected at some time by an employee’s mental health issue.
31.05.2018 Posted in Employment Law & Health & Safety Law
Hesketh Henry Employment Team to Present at the 5th Annual ‘Managing Ill & Injured Employees’ Masterclass
The Hesketh Henry Employment team have been invited to present at the 5th annual 'Managing ill & injured employees masterclass in Wellington on 24th July and Auckland on Monday, 30th July 2018.
10.05.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Health and Safety at Work Act, Two Years On: Once Bitten, Twice Shy?
April 2018 marks two years since the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into force.
20.04.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Don’t make it worse … notify WorkSafe
You know the adage, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging”? It is apt in so many areas of business (and life!) but is particularly relevant when it comes to WorkSafe notifications....
20.02.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Who ya gonna call?
With the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, the rules around notifications have changed.
3.08.2016 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Do you know your CCC’s? Duty to Consult, Co-operate and Co-ordinate with other PCBUs
Consultation, Co-operation and Co-ordination - what you need to know
10.06.2016 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Fact or Fiction: Health & Safety Edition
Health and safety reform: a lot of attention has been given, but what’s actually changing?
15.09.2015 Posted in Health & Safety Law
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