Freight Logistics Action Group - Health and Safety Reform Bill Submissions

Sharp Tudhope continues to havehavehaveH a strong practice in transport and logistics with Partner John Gordon being the Chair of the Freight Logistics Action Group (FLAG) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Associate Shima Grice has an active role on the FLAG Health and Safety Sub-committee and heads our busy Health and Safety in employment practice.

The FLAG Health and Safety Sub-committee have prepared submissions on the Health and Safety Reform Bill which had its first reading in Parliament on 13th March 2014.  This is the biggest reform of Health and Safety in more than 20 years and we are excited to have an opportunity to help shape this reform going forward.

The Health and Safety Reform Bill proposes reform of New Zealand's workplace health and safety system. The bill seeks to replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the Machinery Act 1950.

The development of this Bill has been prompted by a number of tragic events in recent years including the loss of life at the Pike River coalmine and several Forestry industry workplace accidents.

We support the intent of this Bill because we recognise the importance of health and safety to the freight and logistics industry.  We recognise the right of every worker to expect a safe place of work. Time lost through injury represents lost productivity, and therefore loss of competitive advantage. 

The submission has been prepared by the Health, Safety and Environment sub-group of the Freight Logistics Action Group.  FLAG is also part of the Bay of Connections economic strategy for the wider Bay of Plenty region.  It includes industries and sectors from the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Tauranga and Taupo and the Western Bay of Plenty.

To view the full submission click here