Health and Safety update

October 1, 2018

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, which came into force in 2016, has a strong focus on collaboration – ensuring that everyone has shared responsibility for health and safety. This means all parties involved in the ownership, management and occupation of a commercial property – including property managers, tenants and property owners – all have a duty of care.

Following the introduction of the new legislation, MHP proactively implemented several procedures to ensure high standards of health & safety management are in place at all the properties within our management portfolio.

One of the key changes introduced in the new legislation was to shift the focus from monitoring and recording health and safety incidents to proactively identifying and managing risks. With well over 100 individual sites from Kaitaia to Invercargill, we identified early on that one of the main risks MHP and our landlords face is in the area of contractor management.

To address this risk, we have developed a comprehensive set of materials. These include a health & safety information booklet for contractors, which contains certain criteria to be produced (if required) to assure us that they have the required health and safety measures in place within their own businesses. Part of this process also allows for a contractor assessment declaration to be completed, confirming that their workers have the appropriate qualifications, certifications, skill and experience to carry out the works they are engaged to do.

We are also working on developing enhanced procedures in other areas, following recent legislation around asbestos-containing materials, hazardous substances and evacuation & emergency scheme reviews.

As well as a dedicated Project and Compliance Manager responsible for health and safety (Anita Brosnan), MHP also has access to an independent health and safety consultant to provide additional support and advice for property managers and landlords.

For more information, please contact Anita Brosnan: abrosnan@mhpl.co.nz.