Health and Safety at Work (Infringement Offences and Fees) Regulations 2016

2016/30

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Health and Safety at Work (Infringement Offences and Fees) Regulations 2016

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 22nd day of February 2016

Present:
The Right Hon John Key presiding in Council

These regulations are made under sections 211 and 218 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015—

(a)

on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and

(b)

on the recommendation of the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety after consulting persons and organisations in accordance with section 217(1) of that Act.

Regulations

1 Title

These regulations are the Health and Safety at Work (Infringement Offences and Fees) Regulations 2016.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on 4 April 2016.

3 Interpretation

(1)

In these regulations,—

entity means a person that is not an individual.

(2)

The descriptions given in the second column of Schedule 1 are intended only as an indication of the provisions they describe and are not intended to be used in the interpretation of the provisions.

4 Infringement offences and fees

(1)

A breach of a provision specified in the first column of Schedule 1 is an infringement offence.

(2)

The infringement fee for an offence referred to in subclause (1) is the infringement fee specified,—

(a)

in the case of an individual, in the third column of Schedule 1:

(b)

in the case of an entity, in the fourth column of Schedule 1.

5 Infringement notices

Every infringement notice in respect of an infringement offence against a provision specified in the first column of Schedule 1 must be in the form set out in Schedule 2.

Schedule 1 Infringement offences and fees

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Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

SectionDescription of offenceFee ($)
IndividualEntity
27(1)Imposing a levy or charge on a worker in relation to health and safety1,0006,000
57(1)Failing to keep record of notifiable event3001,500
76(1)Failing to display provisional improvement notice1,0006,000
117(1)Failing to display improvement, prohibition, or non-disturbance notice1,0006,000
Schedule 2, clause 10(2) Failing to adopt, or to explain why not adopting, health and safety representative’s recommendation1,0006,000
Schedule 2, clause 21(2)Failing to adopt, or to explain why not adopting, health and safety committee’s recommendation1,0006,000

Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016

RegulationDescription of offenceFee ($)
IndividualEntity
11(2)Failing to have sample analysed by accredited laboratory1,0006,000
13(5)Failing to make copy of asbestos management plan readily accessible1,0006,000
14(1)Failing to review and revise asbestos management plan1,0006,000
17(3)Failing to keep record of training of worker in identification and safe handling of asbestos3001,500
17(4)Failing to keep record of asbestos training available for inspection 3001,500
18(1)Using high-pressure water spray or compressed air on asbestos or ACM2,0009,000
18(3)Uncontrolled use of equipment on asbestos or ACM2,0009,000
20(5)Failing to inform if asbestos or ACM is fixed to or installed in structure or plant that is to be refurbished or demolished1,0006,000
23(3)Failing to notify WorkSafe before commencing emergency demolition of structure or plant with asbestos1,0006,000
24(3)Failing to notify WorkSafe before commencing emergency demolition of structure or plant at home with asbestos1,0006,000
30(1)Licensed asbestos removalist failing to keep training record of workers3001,500
30(2)Licensed asbestos removalist failing to make training record readily accessible3001,500
32(3)Licensed asbestos removalist failing to give copy of asbestos removal control plan to person commissioning licensed asbestos removal work1,0006,000
33(1)Licensed asbestos removalist failing to keep copy of asbestos removal control plan for 2 years after work is completed3001,500
33(2)Licensed asbestos removalist failing to keep asbestos removal control plan for 5 years if notifiable incident occurs3001,500
33(3)Licensed asbestos removalist failing to keep asbestos removal control plan readily accessible and available for inspection3001,500
34(1)Failing to give written notice at least 5 days before commencing licensed asbestos removal work1,0006,000
34(3)Failing to give notice by telephone and in writing if asbestos must be removed immediately1,0006,000
51(3)Failing to make information about exposure to asbestos fibres readily accessible1,0006,000
72(1)Failing to keep licence document available for inspection3001,500
73(1)Failing to give written notice to WorkSafe of change in information relating to asbestos removal licence or asbestos assessor licence3001,500
74(1)Failing to notify WorkSafe of change in nominated supervisor3001,500
79(2)Failing to return asbestos removal licence or asbestos assessor licence3001,500
80(1)Failing to notify WorkSafe of loss, theft, or destruction of asbestos removal licence or asbestos assessor licence3001,500
91(1)Failing to return licence when requested3001,500

Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016

RegulationDescription of offenceFee ($)
IndividualEntity
18(2)Worker failing to wear or use personal protective equipment500
20(1)Person (other than worker) failing to wear or use personal protective equipment500
32(2)Failing to record and keep results of exposure monitoring3001,500
36(1)Failing to pay all expenses relating to health monitoring of a worker1,0006,000
37(1)Failing to provide information to occupational health practitioner1,0006,000
41(1)Failing to provide health monitoring report to regulator1,0006,000
42(1)Failing to keep health monitoring records3001,500

Health and Safety at Work (Worker Engagement, Participation, and Representation) Regulations 2016

RegulationDescription of offenceFee ($)
IndividualEntity
20(1)Failing to have an up-to-date list of health and safety representatives readily accessible to workers3001,500

Schedule 2 Form of infringement notice

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Infringement notice

Section 138, Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

Infringement Notice No:

Issuing officer: [name or number]

Address for correspondence and queries:

To

Full legal name:

Full address:

Date of birth:

Sex:

Occupation:

Telephone No:

Alleged infringement offence(s) details

Date:

Time:

Day of week:

Details of premises or specific location where alleged infringement offence(s) committed:

Street/road:

Town/city:

Act or omission that you are alleged to have committed:

This is an offence against [specify provision].

For each offence, specify the following:
Offence numberOffenceInfringement fee payable ($)
1
2
3
Payment of infringement fee(s)

The infringement fee is/fees are* payable within 28 days after [specify earliest day notice delivered personally or posted].

*Select one.
Procedures for payment of infringement fee

[Payment verification stamp]

[Method(s) of payment and address for payment]

Information

If there is anything in these notes you do not understand, you should consult a lawyer.

Payment
1

If you pay the infringement fee(s) within 28 days after the service of this notice, no further enforcement action will be taken against you.

Defence
2

You will have a complete defence against proceedings relating to an alleged offence if the infringement fee is paid to the enforcement authority and received at the address specified for payment within 28 days after the service of a reminder notice in respect of the alleged offence.

3

Late payment, or payment made to any other address, will not constitute a defence to proceedings in respect of the alleged offence.

Further action
4

You must write to the enforcement authority at the address specified for correspondence and queries if you wish to do any of the following things:

(a)

raise a matter concerning the circumstances of an alleged offence for consideration by the enforcement authority:

(b)

deny liability for the alleged offence and exercise your right to request a court hearing:

(c)

admit liability for the offence, but have the court consider submissions as to penalty or otherwise. In your letter, you must request a hearing, admit liability in respect of the offence, and set out the submissions that you would like the court to consider.

You must ensure that your request is received on or before the last day for payment.

5

If you deny liability and request a court hearing, the enforcement authority will, if it decides to commence court proceedings in respect of the alleged offence, serve you with a notice of hearing setting out the place and time at which the matter will be heard by the court.

6

If you admit liability but wish to have the court consider submissions, the enforcement authority will then, if it decides to commence court proceedings in respect of the offence, file your letter with the court. You are not entitled to make oral submissions to the court.

7

If the court finds you guilty or if you admit liability and make submissions, costs will be imposed in addition to any penalty.

8

Each offence identified by a number is a separate infringement offence. You may decide what to do in respect of each alleged offence individually, and may act in the same way in respect of all alleged offences or in different ways in respect of different alleged offences.

9

If it is not clear which alleged offence any payment relates to, your payment may be treated as relating to the alleged offences in the order in which they are set out in this notice.

Next steps
10

If you do not request a hearing and you do not pay the infringement fee within 28 days after the service of this notice, a reminder notice will be sent to you. Please note that in some circumstances if you do not receive a reminder notice you may still become liable to pay a fine and court costs.

Note: All payments, queries, and correspondence regarding this infringement notice must be directed to the enforcement authority at the relevant address shown in this notice. When writing, please include the date of the alleged infringement offence, the number of this form (shown above), the full legal name of the notice recipient, and your address for replies.

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which come into force on 4 April 2016, are made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (the Act).

These regulations—

  • specify which offences against the Act and against other regulations made under the Act are infringement offences; and

  • specify the infringement fees payable for the infringement offences; and

  • prescribe the form of infringement notice.

Regulatory impact statement

The Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment produced a regulatory impact statement on 21 September 2015, to help inform the decisions taken by the Government relating to the contents of this instrument.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 25 February 2016.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.