We all die. Ideally we will pass from this world worn out and surrounded by the people we love, free from pain and regret. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Each year 50-60 New Zealanders die in work related accidents. Rather embarrassingly we have twice the number of workplace deaths compared to Australia (WorkSafe NZ, 2016, para 2).
To try and combat such statistics we have seen huge reform in the area of health and safety which saw the establishment of WorkSafe New Zealand and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) which came into effect in April 2016. This law sets out new responsibilities for both the employer and employee in an effort to make sure that everyone can gets home at the end of their working day. Since these law changes will affect us all the library has recently subscribed to a new database: Work Force Manager: Health and Safety at Work [On campus access only]. This database contains all the information you could need on employee and employer obligations, customisable templates and useful links to further advice. Due to licence restrictions this database can only be accessed on campus and not from home, but it is well worth exploring for answers to any health and safety questions your tutor may pose. What you can learn from this new online resource is applicable not just at Ara but in all areas of your life. If you want to survive for a long time and die peacefully in your own bed it pays to be aware of your environment to keep yourself and others safe.
Understanding HSWA [website]. (2016) Retrieved March 1, 2017, from WorkSafe New Zealand Source website: http://www.worksafe.govt.nz/worksafe/hswa/understanding-hswa
–Colleen, Knowledge Advisor