Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Inquiry Recognises Need for Worker Involvement


25 July 2003

Inquiry Recognises Need for Worker Involvement in Health and Safety

The Council of Trade Unions is pleased the findings of a Government inquiry released today recognises the suffering of workers who’ve been exposed to dangerous chemicals, and provides some practical solutions.

The Ministerial Inquiry into the Management of Certain Hazardous Substances in the Workplace found that greater emphasis needed to be placed on the preventative aspects of the Health and Safety in Employment Act.

“This backs up the CTU experience that greater worker participation in hazard management will result in much less exposure to toxic chemicals,” CTU health and safety advisor Greg Lloyd said today.

“Workers have been aware of the problem for many years, and employers have been slow to acknowledge the connection between ill health and disease and exposure to hazardous substances.”

Greg Lloyd said the CTU generally supported the inquiry’s recommendations, including that OSH be more proactive in providing guidance and information on managing dangerous chemicals, as well as reviewing its enforcement policy.

He supported the views expressed in the report concerning ACC’s failure to recognise certain illnesses caused by exposure to chemicals.

“If a worker displays symptoms associated with chemicals used at the workplace, there should be an automatic assumption that the condition has occurred as a result of the workplace environment, and appropriate support and compensation be provided,” Greg Lloyd said.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news