Our expectations of businesses that have PECPR equipment, and those dealing with hazardous substances under Alert Level 1.

Manage the risks associated with re-starting your business

If you are re-starting your business with hazardous substances or recommissioning equipment that has been shut down, you will need to identify:

  • the risks associated with doing so, and
  • how you will mitigate or manage them.

Our expectations of businesses that have PECPR equipment with an expiring, or expired, certificate of inspection

We expect businesses with equipment subject to the Health and Safety in Employment (Pressure Equipment, Cranes and Passenger Ropeways) Regulations 1999 to comply with those Regulations.

Some businesses may have equipment with certificates of inspection that expired during Alert Levels 2, 3 or 4, or are due to expire during Alert Level 1.

If the equipment needs to be used, where reasonably practicable, we expect businesses to obtain a certificate of inspection if required. 

If, due to the impact of COVID-19, inspection is delayed or cannot be safely undertaken we expect the PCBU to:

  • consider, as a minimum:
    • whether safety critical devices are operational, and if so, whether control systems are checked and verified and/or safety valves are tested and operational
    • if there been any problems with the equipment during the certification period
    • the risk if the equipment fails
    • on balance, if the equipment is safe for continued operation.
  • keep clear, accurate and comprehensive documentation of these considerations. This documentation should be kept up to date and be available for inspection by anyone in that workplace, including an equipment inspector, certifier, or WorkSafe inspector. 
  • advise us at technicall@worksafe.govt.nz if they are satisfied they have done all that’s reasonably practicable to obtain certification and intend to keep the equipment in service until inspection and re-certification services are available.

Our expectations of businesses with hazardous substances

We expect businesses with hazardous substances to comply with the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substance) Regulations 2017. This includes the need to comply with requirements for compliance certification (where relevant).