From time to time codes of practice are issued by government departments after consultation with industry organisations. The intention of these codes of practice is to encourage safe and appropriate processes and procedures.
The New Zealand Approved Code of Practice for Load-Lifting Rigging has the following statement by the Acting Minister in the forward.
NOTICE OF APPROVAL
The construction industry plays an important role in New Zealand, working hard to educate its members to a high standard of health and safety. However, it is an industry with significant risks that must be well managed. Load-lifting rigging is a critical aspect of transporting materials over distance and height, and if not done so safely, serious accidents and damage to property can occur.
This Approved Code of Practice (Approved Code of Practice for Load-Lifting Rigging) has been developed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in partnership with industry representatives and other agencies. It is focused on improving safety practices and reducing workplace accidents in the industry.
In May 2012, the Government announced a target of reducing workplace deaths and serious injuries by at least 25 percent by 2020. This code, as a joint initiative of the Ministry and the industry, will play a role in achieving that goal.
I approve this code of practice under section 20 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. It is a statement of preferred work practices. A Court may consider it when considering compliance with relevant sections of the Act. If an employer can show compliance with all the matters it covers, a Court may consider the employer has complied with the Act.
The underline has been added by us but the message is clear. For a copy of the Approved Code of Practice for Load-Lifting Rigging click here.