Health and Safety 101: Clarifying and understanding your responsibilities under the new H&S reforms

The Health and Safety Reform Bill proposes the most significant changes to workplace health and safety law in 20 years. The Bill is intended to be a blueprint to change our attitudes and emphasise that everyone in the workplace is responsible for health and safety.

This webinar series is being brought to you in partnership, by SOLGM and LGNZ in conjunction with Simpson Grierson.

The Health and Safety Reform Bill has real ‘bite’ and creates a number of potential risks for local authorities as employers and has significant implications for personal liability.

This webinar will explain the essence of the reforms, in particular it will highlight new terms and definitions such as PCBUs; Officers; ‘the duty of care’; ‘liability’; ‘reasonably practicable’ and the respective roles of Elected Members, Chief Executives and staff.

Furthermore it will look at:

- new ways of doing business that will involve broad consultation, cooperation and consultation obligations in relation to the management of health and safety;

- a new primary duty holder concept of "persons conducting a business or undertaking" (PCBU);

- a new statutory ‘due diligence’ regime for officers of organisations, which may apply to elected members and executive team members;

- ‘duties of care’ for all employees; and

- stronger penalties, enforcement tools and court powers.

This webinar is a must for Chief Executives, Elected Members, HR Managers and those responsible for defining and managing risks regarding Health and Safety in the workplace.

See the second webinar in the series - Health & Safety 102: Good Practice in H&S Reform Implementation.

Webinar prices:

Health and Safety 101 - $300.00 (excl GST) per council

Health and Safety 102 - $300.00 (excl GST) per council

Discounted price for both H&S 101 and H&S 102 - $500.00 (excl GST) per council

To register for H&S 101 please click here. To register for H&S 102 please click here.

Note: Please register for each webinar individually. If you register for both please use the same PO number. Each registration receives an individual link - this link can only be used on one computer. If you have multiple people within your council who wish to view the webinar live on separate screens your will need a registration for each individual/screen. However your council will be invoiced just once.

A recording will be sent out after the webinar has been broadcast live.

H&S Training - Roadshow

We also have a must attend H&S Training Event presented in partnership by SOLGM and LGNZ in conjunction with Simpson Grierson. This one day training is designed to cover key responsibilities under the Health and Safety Reform Bill. The morning session is suitable for Elected Members, Chief Executives, Human Resource Managers and all staff directly involved with H&S. There will be two streams available in the afternoon session, one tailored to Elected Members and the other tailored for Chief Executives and staff. The programme and registration will be made available shortly.

Save the date for the training closest to you:

Christchurch: 9 February 2016

Dunedin: 10 February 2016

Auckland: 16 February 2016

Palmerston North: 17 February 2016

SOLGM members - $400.00 excl GST

Non members - $450.00 excl GST


  • Samantha Turner

    Partner, Simpson Grierson

    Samantha is a partner and she heads the employment group in Wellington. She has extensive experience in employment law and health and safety.

    She provides advice on a wide range of employment issues, including bargaining, contract drafting, personal grievances, disputes, restraint-of trade-issues, disciplinary matters, human rights, privacy, accident compensation, health and safety, and the Holidays Act. She also provides strategic advice on restructurings and acquisitions. She has advised on a number of cases involving stress, bullying, and incompatibility.

    Samantha's health and safety work includes all aspects of strategy and policy development and incident management.

    Samantha acts for a number of our key clients in the public and private sectors, including national and international corporate clients, local government, district health boards, Crown entities, and government departments.