Implications of health and safety law changes
Like all marinas throughout New Zealand, Westhaven Marina will need to come to terms with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act before it comes into effect on 4 April 2016.
“The bill that has been passed by parliament appears to place some very strict compliance requirements on marinas,” says Westhaven spokesperson Tom Warren, Manager of Marina Development for Panuku Development Auckland.
The areas that marinas will be particularly concerned about include compliance with electricity connections to boats, management of contractors working at the marina and those visiting, and use of marina services including grids and the mast gantry.
“In both of these areas we have worked through a number of legislative changes, but the increased focus on workplace management will see further requirements placed on us by law,” he says.
He says he wants both customers and the hundreds of contractor that work around the marina, to understand that the changes they will see coming are required by law, and are not arbitrary changes enforced by the marina management.
“Our challenge is to ensure that we interpret the requirements in a way that is sensible and workable,” says Tom Warren. “We are working with the New Zealand Marina Operators Association to ensure that our application is fair and consistent across marinas, for both customers and contractors.”
Westhaven Marina, along with Viaduct Marina and Silo Marina which are also operated by Panuku Development Auckland, are currently reviewing policies and procedures to determine how the Act’s requirements will be implemented at an operational level.