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Worksafe NZ position on 6 monthly and 10yr rebuilds during Level 4 Lockdown

26 Mar 2020 12:17 PM | Rodney Grant (Administrator)

We have just received an update, this original post has been added to!

"Worksafe has just updated the bulletin detailing our expectations during level 4 lockdown times

https://worksafe.govt.nz/managing-health-and-safety/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/alert-level-4-whats-worksafes-approach/

Additional advice and detail on our expectations for PECPR equipment with an expiring certificate during the period is now available."

Worksafe has just released a bulletin detailing their expectations during level 4 lockdown times

https://worksafe.govt.nz/managing-health-and-safety/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/alert-level-4-whats-worksafes-approach/

The piece that most affects our industry and that of our association / clients;

 What does this approach mean for third party audit regimes?

Some businesses may be required to have equipment or processes audited or approved by third parties.

The overriding principle is that if the equipment or procedure has been maintained and continues to meet substantive work health and safety requirements, work doesn’t need to stop simply because a certificate cannot be issued due to the constraints imposed by alert level 4. However, PCBUs must actively check to ensure that equipment is safe and compliant. Responsible PCBUs will have been doing this anyway, but they must be additionally vigilant if the regular third party approval cannot reasonably be obtained.

We are currently developing detailed guidance about what this means in practice and will update this page over the coming days with this information.

In short currently regulatory regimes are maintained however WorkSafe understands there may be difficulties complying under level 4 conditions

Specific detail for PECPR equipment will be added to their website in the coming days


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