Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern - EMA Mid-Year Employers Survey – Health & Safety

EMA Mid-Year Employers Survey – Health & Safety

19 Feb 2019
Employers are gearing themselves up for changes to health and safety in the workplace.

More than half (55%) of the respondents to EMA’s mid-year survey of employers say they are prepared for changes to health and safety in the workplace.

With 70% saying workplace health and safety is a regular board topic. This compares with 61% saying this six months ago.

“This is a heartening trend to see, especially when many of our respondents class themselves as manufacturers which is a high risk sector, and most respondees had fewer than 20 employees,” says Paul Jarvie, Industrial Relations and Safety Manager, EMA.

The survey also indicated the following:

  • - Employers believe health and safety representatives in the workplace are useful
  • - They believe such representatives do add to the overall health and safety system
  • - However, getting staff to become health and safety representatives remains a large problem

The EMA believes the Health and Safety Reform Bill is both welcome and overdue. It successfully advocated for the following amendments, which were included in the second reading of the bill:

  • - Tightening of the definition of a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU)
  • - The practical amendment made to worker participation which will match the size and requirements of the business

The EMA is committed to working with Government and Worksafe NZ towards safer and healthier workplaces.


Media inquiries to:

Val Hayes, External Relations Manager, 021 615549


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