New Zealand Health and Safety Reform Bill 2015
“61 Duty to engage with workers
(1) A PCBU must, so far as is reasonably practicable, engage with workers—
(a) who carry out work for the business or undertaking; and
(b) who are, or are likely to be, directly affected by a matter relating to work health or safety.
(2) If the PCBU and the workers have agreed to procedures for engagement, the engagement must be in accordance with those procedures.
(3) The agreed procedures must not be inconsistent with section 62.
(4) A person who contravenes this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction,—
(a) for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $20,000:
(b) for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $100,000.”
PCBU = person conducting a business or undertaking.
Health and Safety Evaluations
Worker engagement is central to architectural evaluation. Workers participate in touring walkthrough interviews to review health and safety issues. Workers “negotiate” within the three dimensions of building performance – design, use, conditions – and their comments are organised, justified and prioritised with recommendations.
The process is designed by architects to engage with workers and effectively manage the relationship between work place design and people. The process also enables workers to identify aspects of work places that could improve productivity and reduce costs.
170 architectural evaluations have identified productivity, health and safety improvements in offices, schools, universities, polytechnics, medical, museums, courts, police stations, apartments, houses and military and retail facilities.
Health and safety evaluations are tailored to suit work place factors but fees may be less than $10,000 for many New Zealand or Australian buildings. Quotations are provided on request. inquiries@PostOccupancyEvaluation.com