What is Occupational Health and Safety?
Occupational health and safety refers to anything that will prevent people being harmed through work.
If something can cause harm we call it a 'hazard'. There are many potential hazards. Examples include moving parts in machinery, chemicals, excessive noise, falls, heavy lifting, and repetitive movements.
New Zealand's occupational health and safety law - the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 - requires people in workplaces to have a system for identifying hazards and taking steps to prevent harm by removing or controlling hazards.
An occupational health and safety system defines the roles and responsibilities of people in the workplace like managers and employee representatives. It also covers the maintenance of documentation and records such as a workplace's health and safety policy. The system shows how a workplace will be made safe and healthy for all.
Refer also to information on obtaining a health and safety manual and maintaining health and safety records.
Date Modified: Friday, 5 July 2013
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