New research to help businesses increase seismic resilience
New research has revealed that many New Zealand businesses are left in the dark around how to make their workplaces earthquake safe.
Dr Hatton and co-researchers, UC graduate Sophie Horsfall from Resilient Organisations and Senior Lecturer Dr Toni Collins from UC School of Law, were funded by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) to evaluate what safety measures different organisations were using to reduce risks and find out whether seismic safety is a priority for New Zealand businesses.
“It is clear that seismic safety is a priority for New Zealand business, but a lack of information on what they should be doing is impeding businesses from becoming more resilient to earthquakes.,” says Dr Hatton.
“Most businesses were unclear on how earthquake responsibility is managed between landlords and tenants. They know that the building structure itself sits with landlords, but there are grey areas around ceiling tiles, light fittings, falling cabinets and heavy items like air conditioning units.
Hatton says that businesses need easy-to-use guidance, but currently that is hard to find for our smaller and medium organisations.