27 Aug 2015

Health and Safety Reform Bill passes

7:01 pm on 27 August 2015

The Government's controversial Health and Safety Reform Bill has passed tonight in Parliament.

Michael Woodhouse, National MP.

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse said the legislation was a big step towards addressing New Zealand's unacceptable workplace death and injury toll.

He said the health and safety rules struck the right balance between safe workplaces and unnecessary red tape.

However, the reforms have been controversial as they deem some of New Zealand's most dangerous workplaces - such as dairy farms - to be low-risk, while classifying worm farms and mini-golf as high-risk.

The main bill passed 63 votes to 58.

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