Dom Post on OSH changes

August 12th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post editorial:

It is a rare feat for a government of any hue to embark on changes to workplace laws that win the approval of employers and unions alike.

Labour Minister has managed to achieve that with the overhaul of health and safety rules and regulations he revealed last week.

The package activates nearly all the recommendations from the Independent Task Force on Workplace Health and Safety, which was set up following the Pike River Coal mining tragedy.

The fact the measures have been broadly welcomed by the Council of Trade Unions and Business NZ is a good indication the task force struck the right balance between the need to reduce on-the-job accidents  and strangling businesses with red tape.

I think the key thing is the flexibility for smaller businesses, as a one size fits all prescription would be very bad,

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2 Responses to “Dom Post on OSH changes”

  1. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    If it’s anything like the Queensland legislation, it’s not one size fits all – but each business has to develop its own safety management plan. Which costs a shitload for a small business.

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  2. Redbaiter (7,845 comments) says:

    Another nail in the coffin of free enterprise hammered in by shiney arsed politicians and public servants with no idea what they do, and endorsed by a collection of crony capitalists racing each other for government favour.

    If it wasn’t thus, the mainstream media wouldn’t be supporting it.

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