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Next Auckland Seminar

Next Auckland Seminar

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015: The Implications of “Grossly Disproportionate”

Speaker: Dr Murray King.

Venue: Buddle Findlay, Level 18, PwC Tower, 188 Quay Street, Auckland.

Timing: Tuesday 11 July. Refreshments from 5:30 pm, for a seminar start at 6 pm, and followed by a further opportunity for refreshments 7:00-7:30 pm.


“Grossly disproportionate” is part of the cost element of “reasonably practicable” in section 22 of the HSWA. Because the costs of dealing with a risk need to be “grossly disproportionate” to the risk before cost can be used as a reason for not taking an action, it is “reasonably practicable” to spend many times the benefit in the pursuit of ameliorating a risk, and still be caught by the HSWA. One might say the test is unreasonable. In any case it values safety well above any other resource, which might have economy-wide implications, and in particular introduces distortions as between roading investments and those in rail, potentially giving road a cost advantage.

About the Speaker:

Murray King is the principal of Murray King and Francis Small Consultancy Ltd, which deals with transport and transport policy issues. Amongst other work, he was one of the joint authors of the National Freight Demand Study in 2014, and of the 2008 equivalent. He has also been a director of Land Transport NZ, a predecessor body to the NZ Transport Agency. Prior to setting up the consultancy in 2000, Murray was a senior executive at Tranz Rail. He holds BA (Hons) and PhD degrees in Geography, and an LLM (Distinction), all from Victoria University of Wellington. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and of the NZ Institute of Management, and a Companion of the Institution of Engineers NZ. In addition, he is a member of both LEANZ and the NZ Association of Economists.


Lawyers may note that if this seminar is part of your learning objectives in your CPDPR, then the seminar can count for 1 hour of your 10 CPD hours. Please approach a LEANZ committee member at the seminar to register your request for CPD confirmation.




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