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Drug and alcohol management required for adventure tourism

Drug and alcohol management required for adventure tourism
Article Type:
News
Publication Date:
2012-09-21
Jurisdiction:
New Zealand

Labour minister Kate Wilkinson has announced changes to the adventure tourism regulations that will require operators to specifically address the possibility of drug and alcohol use in their health and safety management.

The proposed changes to the Health and Safety (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011 and aviation and maritime rules will create an explicit requirement for operators to monitor and manage safety risks associated with drug or alcohol impairment from mid-December 2012.

Operators will have their drug and alcohol management checked as part of regular independent safety audits.

"Adventure activities are a significant part of New Zealand's tourism industry. We are sending a strong message to those businesses that risks associated with drug or alcohol impairment must be taken seriously," said Wilkinson.

Under the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011 operators are now required to notify the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment of who they are, where they are, what their activities are, and whether they have a current safety audit.

All operators have to pass a safety audit by 1 November 2014 at the latest.

People Mentioned:
Kate Wilkinson
Organisations Mentioned:
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Website:
Reference No:
120921CA-7386

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