Company Commitment to Health and Safety
A PCBU is defined as follows:
a person conducting a business or undertaking or PCBU- means a person conducting a business or undertaking-
- whether the person conducts a business or undertaking alone or with others; and
- (ii) whether or not the business or undertaking is conducted for profit or gain”
Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 Part 1, s18, ss17
A Representative is the Representative of the PCBU. A Worker is defined as follows:
“a Worker- means a person who carries out work in any capacity for a PCBU, including work as:
- An employee, a contractor or subcontractor, an employee of a contractor or subcontractor
- An employee of a labour hire company or an outworker
- An apprentice or trainee, or a person gaining work experience
- A volunteer worker”
Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 Part 1, s19
PCBU is responsible for: (For the purposes of this policy, it includes Managers, Directors and CEOs)
- Taking overall responsibility and accountability for the protection of workers’ work‐related health and safety.
- Promoting safe work practices, with the aim of prevention of incidents as its goal, communicating the importance of conforming to the OH&S management system.
- Supporting the safe and early return to work of any injured employee.
- Annually review of health & safety systems for adequacy, effectiveness and changes required to achieve this.
- Commitment to annual self‐assessment of our Health & Safety, so we can make continuous improvements.
- The overall development and implementation of Comval’s Health and Safety System, ensuring and promoting continual improvement, by systematically identifying and taking actions to address nonconformities, opportunities, and work‐related hazards and risks, including system deficiencies.
- Directing and supporting any workers to contribute to the effectiveness of the OH&S management system.
- Ensuring full compliance with HSWA, Codes of Practices, and relevant Standards, Guidelines or Legislation.
- Ensuring policy and objectives are established and compatible with the strategic direction of the business.
- Ensuring the integration of the OH&S management system processes and requirements into the business processes.
- Supporting other relevant management roles to demonstrate their leadership as it applies to their areas of responsibility.
- Ensuring accurate reporting and recording of health and safety issues.
- Risk identification and controls.
- Provision of resources to achieve objectives set by the organisation (results to be achieved), which can be strategic, tactical or operational. They can relate to different disciplines such as financial, health & safety or environmental goals and can apply at different levels (such as strategic, organisation‐wise, project, product and process).
- Ensure that the responsibilities, accountabilities and authorities for relevant roles within the OH&S management system are assigned and communicated at all levels within the organisation and maintained as documented information
Information and Communication:
Comval will determine the need for internal and external information and communications relevant to the OH&S management system, including:
- On what it will inform about and communicate
- When to inform and communicate
- Who to inform and with whom to communicate
- Internally among the various levels and functions of the organisation
- With contractors and visitors to the workplace
- With other external or interested parties
- How to inform and communicate
- How it will receive, maintain documented information on, and respond to relevant communications
Comval will define the objectives to be achieved by informing and communicating and will evaluate whether those objectives have been met.
They will consider the diversity aspects (for example language, culture, literacy, disability), where they exist, when considering its information and communication needs.
Comval will ensure that, when appropriate, the views of relevant external interested parties about matters pertinent to the OH&S management system are considered.
The Organisation is responsible for:
Determining external and internal issues that are relevant to its purpose and that affect its ability to achieve the intended outcome(s) of its OH&S management system.
- It will determine:
- The other interested parties, in addition to its workers, that are relevant to the OH&S management system;
- The relevant needs and expectations (i.e. requirements) of workers and these other parties;
- Which of these needs and expectations become applicable legal requirements or other requirements. Note: it is important to determine the needs and expectations of managerial and non‐managerial workers.
The organisation will determine the boundaries and applicability of the OH&S management system to establish its scope. Once the scope is defined, the OH&S will include activities, products, and services within the organisation’s control or influence that can impact the organisation’s OH&S performance.
The Health and Safety Representative (HSR) is responsible for:
- Ensuring that each job progresses safely.
- Overall safety. They have a specific responsibility and have received special training, sufficient to do the job.
- The development, review and implementation of Comval’s Health and Safety System.
- Direct two‐way line of communication and promotion of the Health and Safety System, within or outside of Comval structure. Monitoring any measures taken by management, regarding health & safety.
- Providing access to staff, and ensuring that codes of practice, standards, WorkSafe NZ issues and other health and safety legal requirements are current.
- Risk identification and controls.
- Health and safety induction and training.
- Ensuring that the incident and near miss reporting procedure is followed accurately.
- Ensuring reporting and recording procedures are adhered to.
- Collation of incident data, to establish any trends.
- Communicating to all staff any health and safety related changes which may affect them.
- Informing staff of whom their safety management and staff representatives are.
Each employee/temporary employee/contractor/sub‐contractor is responsible for:
- Being familiar with and complying with all health and safety conditions of their employment contract, if applicable, and Comval’s Health and Safety Policy. This includes using all personal protective equipment provided, and other safety equipment and devices as required.
- Ensuring the health and safety of themselves and others.
- Being actively involved in promoting the Health and Safety System, which includes:
- Identifying and reporting potential risks in the workplace.
- Identifying OHS opportunities; a circumstance or set of circumstances that can lead to improvement of OHS performance (performance being a measurable result, related to the effectiveness of the prevention of injury and ill health to workers and the provision of safe and healthy workplaces).
- Prompt reporting of all incidents and near misses to the appropriate person.
- Discouraging and preventing other workers from working in an unsafe manner, if necessary.
- Taking an active role in Comval’s rehabilitation plan, and if applicable participating in health and safety training.
- Being involved in the development of the policies and in risk identification affects them.
- Nominating a safety Representative to represent them.