As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has a duty to ensure the health and safety of all its contractors so far as reasonably practicable.
Industry Good Practice identifies that a lead PCBU, doesn’t often control a workplace but significantly influences the health and safety practices and behaviours of downstream contractors working for them. Furthermore, as a major influencer in the construction industry we have an obligation to lead the way in keeping workers safe.
Waka Kotahi Contractor health and safety expectations: guidance for supply chain partners document forms part of a wider contractor management process currently being developed. It will replace the Zero Harm portal and all previous ‘Zero Harm Minimum Standards’ related health and safety minimum standards.
ConstructSafe was removed as a Waka Kotahi requirement for work on state highway projects in 2019. Industry has worked with CHASNZ and Site Safe to develop site access requirements which has requirement to demonstrate Health and Safety competency of all workers on construction sites. Construct Safe is a way of demonstrating this competence within this industry standard but PCBU’s can opt to use other forms of assessment that also meet this standard.
Waka Kotahi retains a strong commitment to contributing to improved health and safety outcomes in the construction industry, and we will continue to work with CHASNZ to lift safety practice on state highway work sites. For example, Waka Kotahi has worked closely with its contractors and with CHASNZ to ensure compliance with strict health and safety protocols to keep staff and construction workers safe on state highway worksites under Covid-19 Alert Levels 2 and 3.
Waka Kotahi Contractor expectations: health and safety incident notification, investigation and reporting details our health and safety notification expectations of our partners who undertake work or provide goods or services for us.
Waka Kotahi Minimum requirements – workplace personal protective equipment details the main situations where Waka Kotahi requires PPE to be provided by employers and should be read in conjunction with the Contractor health and safety expectations: guidance for supply chain partners document.