H&S Reform Bill & PCBUs - 15th Dec 2014

H&S Reform Bill & PCBUs

A Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU)

The Working Safer reform package announced by the Government in 2013 and is currently before parliament. The new select committee has a report back due 30 March 2015 and then the Bill will continue its progression through the parliamentary process. It is likely that the Bill will come into force in the second half of 2015. There will be a few month ('adequate time') from when the Bill is passed and when it comes into force to make sure duty holders are aware of their new responsibilities under the law.

One of the big changes involves the concept of a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking, known as a PCBU. According to Worksafe NZ, a PCBU is a broad concept that reflects modern working arrangements, it recognises that a business or undertaking has an influence over the health and safety of workers, even where those workers may not be its direct employees.

Despite its name, a PCBU will usually be a business entity, such as a company, rather than an individual person (a person might be a PCBU if they are a sole trader or a self-employed person) – but it does mean that someone or a group of someone’s, somewhere in the company structure will be ultimately responsibility for health and safety

Take a look at the pdf H&S REFORM BILL: Update 3 [here] to see the flowchart and more.

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