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

 

Health and Safety Report glosses over Education and Training

Government’s Health and Safety Report glosses over Education and Training

8 August 2013

Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw says the glaring gap in the government’s workplace health and safety announcement today is training and educating workers.

“While we support the Government’s announcement to look at embedding health and safety at levels 1-6 on the NZ Qualifications Framework, this announcement is buried deep in the announcement,” says Mark. “Training and educating workers should be the very first recommendation to ensure safer workplaces.”

The Government’s announcement follows recommendations from the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.

“Across all industries, workers need the knowledge and information to understand health and safety procedures. This knowledge should be embedded into all workplace training, for the benefit of the workers, their employers, clients, and thewider community.”

Forestry, construction, the electricity sector and hospitality are stark examples of how training staff leads to less accidents, errors and health and safety risks. But there are examples wherever you look, including cleaning.

Research shows that cleaners who are well trained in infection control will save a significant financial and human cost. For example, the approximate financial cost of a Norovirus outbreak in a large restroom is $14,000.

“Training gives workers a deeper understanding of their work, and why they need to follow safety procedures,” says Mark. “To invest in safer workplaces we must invest in training our workforce. Embedding compulsory health and safety training into vocational training is an urgent priority for New Zealand.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Grey Power: Is Disappointed To Learn Of More Bank Closures

Many older people are being left without essential services because of cost cutting and the march of modern technology. It is now expected that most banking transactions can occur via the internet or telephone. Jan Pentecost, President of the Grey Power ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Supply Chain On Brink Of Overload Says National Road Carriers

The New Zealand supply chain is on the brink of overload and it looks like the upcoming peak imports season may push it over the edge says National Road Carriers Association (NRC) CEO David Aitken. “Worldwide supply chains are in disarray,” says Mr Aitken. ... More>>

Retail: Supermarkets Announced As Government’s Second Market Study

The Government has today launched a market study to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics New Zealand: Retail Sales Recover In The September 2020 Quarter

Retail sales values recorded the largest September quarter rise since the series began in 1995, Stats NZ said today. Spending on major household items, vehicles, and groceries contributed to the strong 7.4 percent ($1.8 billion) rise in total ... More>>

Kea Aerospace: New Zealand Flies Into The Stratosphere

Development has started on a solar-powered, unmanned aircraft that can fly in the stratosphere continuously for months at a time. The zero-emission aircraft will carry a suite of imagery equipment that will be game-changing for many industries, vastly ... More>>

Stats NZ: Births And Deaths: Year Ended September 2020

Births and deaths releases provide statistics on the number of births and deaths registered in New Zealand, and selected fertility and mortality rates. Key facts For the year ended September 2020: 57,753 live births and 32,670 deaths ... More>>

ALSO:


Forest & Bird: Kākāpō Wins Bird Of The Year 2020

The nation has voted and Aotearoa New Zealand has a new Bird of the Year. New Zealand’s moss-colored flightless parrot has climbed to the top-spot for the second time in Forest & Bird’s annual Te Manu Rongonui o Te Tau/Bird of the Year competition. ... More>>