Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Frontline Health And Safety Inspectors Dismayed By System


6 November 2012

Frontline Health And Safety Inspectors Dismayed By System failures

The Public Service Association says frontline health and safety inspectors are warning that if the lessons of Pike River are to be learned, professional leadership is needed to build both staff and public confidence in the system.

The Royal Commission into the Pike River tragedy has highlighted systemic failures within the former Department of Labour. It states that the mine inspectors’ workloads were formidable and the Department failed to resource, manage and adequately support a diminished mining inspectorate.

“Our inspector members have the deepest sympathy for those families affected by the disaster and feel dismayed by the system failures,” says PSA National Secretary Brenda Pilott.

“What makes it even more difficult for them is that their repeated warnings to the Department about lack of capacity and requests for extra resources were ignored.”

Frontline health and safety inspectors have been operating at the sharp end of a deregulated environment, been through numerous restructurings and seen their capacity steadily decreased.

About ten years ago there were 175 health and safety inspectors compared to just 125 today. New Zealand also falls well short of an International Labour Organisation convention which the government is a signatory to. It states there should be one inspector per 10,000 workers – it is estimated that New Zealand’s ratio is less than 0.7 per 10,000 workers.

Brenda Pilott says frontline inspectors are welcoming the Royal Commission recommendation to establish a stand-alone department focussed solely on health and safety as an opportunity to effect some meaningful and much-needed change.

“They feel there is not enough professional health and safety expertise and industry experience at higher levels of management and that was confirmed by the Royal Commission.”

“Any move to a new health and safety agency needs to include strong professional leadership which results in a well-funded, well-resourced, well-trained, and well-staffed inspectorate,” she says.

“There are some big lessons out of the Royal Commission report but health and safety inspectors feel they will be wasted if we don’t foster a system which both staff and the public can have faith in.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news