Rentokil Initial Limited

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
18 March 2015
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$29,250

Safety lessons learned:
  • Ensure relevant employees are tested to determine whether they have immunity to Hepatitis B and, if necessary, to offer employees Hepatitis B vaccination; and
  • Establish an effective system for ensuring the Hepatitis B policy is implemented throughout New Zealand.

Defendant name:
Rentokil Initial Limited
 
Industry:
Health care and social assistance
 
Date of offence:
18 March 2015
 
Facts in brief:
The Defendant company operates through three divisions in New Zealand, one being the Initial Hygiene division which provides washroom services to workplaces and public toilet facilities.

An employee of the Defendant was exposed to body fluids at work and had not been screened for Hepatitis B immunity and offered a Hepatitis B vaccination if not immune.
 
Offence section:
Sections 6 and 50(1)(a) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Palmerston North - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$29,250
 
Maximum fine available:
$250,000
 
Reparation:
$14,998.64