The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) states that an organisation that is a 'Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking' (PCBU) has a primary duty of care to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers (including volunteers) and other people on site (such as visitors or customers, including casual or one-off volunteers). Examples of a PCBU are a local council, school or a not-for-profit organisation that employs staff. The Act makes workplace health and safety everyone’s responsibility. ‘Reasonably practicable’ means actively identifying any risk or hazard, assessing the likelihood of that occurring and the degree of harm that might result, and then eliminating or minimising the risk or hazard
The primary duty of care includes, but is not limited to providing:
The same level of protection must be given to volunteers as paid workers.
It is vital that all organisations Volunteering Northland works with understand their responsibilities, and we encourage you all to ensure you are up to date with your Health and Safety policies, procedures and reporting.
Please download the Work Safe new Zealand fact sheet ‘Information For PCBUs That Engage Volunteers’ here.