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Health & Safety working at church

Written by Ricki-Lee Teague

The big health & safety stick has well and truly been beaten to shreds. New Zealand’s Health & Safety at Work Act (HSWA) became law on April 4th 2016. The intent is good; everyone is engaged in keeping those we love and honour, safe. We understand that if, as a church, we have paid staff, we are a ‘person conducting a business undertaking’ (PCBU) and therefore subject to the HSWA. We are taking it all seriously; we have a mountain of health & safety information, online tools, and workshops to help us become compliant with the HSWA. For many churches the question now is:

How do we implement a ‘fit for purpose’ health & safety system in our church?

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