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Alert24 - Safeguard Update

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2018-02-09
Article Type:
News
Publication Date:
2018-02-09
Jurisdiction:
New Zealand

The extent to which WorkSafe is dependent on ACC funding for proposed interventions has been made clear in its report for the quarter ending 30 September 2017, which reveals that $3.1m has been made available by ACC’s investment committee for WorkSafe-led interventions in the agriculture sector over three years – but that this was not the full amount sought by the joint ACC/WorkSafe governance group.

Up to three business cases will be presented to ACC in March for interventions in the construction sector, including funding for the creation of a new construction sector H&S governance group. A multi-year construction programme will seek to develop interventions to address particular harms, says the report.

“Some of these will be suitable to seek ACC funding for – those that meet ACC’s return on investment criteria. Some projects (eg dust, noise) won’t meet these criteria, so will need to be funded by another, yet to be established, funding stream.”

Also on construction, the report notes that leaders from major construction firms, the NZCTU, WorkSafe, the Construction Safety Council and the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter are looking to improve sector leadership, with the possibility of replacing the CSC with a new group by April this year.

The report flags a possible boost for the new SafePlus programme, which is likely to be promoted within the new Government Health and Safety Initiative being led by the Department of Corrections, and which includes the 29 core public sector departments and ministries, plus a few others.

On major hazard facilities, the report says the new regulations – most of which come into effect in April this year – are already having an effect. Not only has there been a rise in the number of incidents notified, but some operators have “significantly reduced” the quantity of toxic substances held at their sites. The storage of chlorine, for example, has been increasingly centralised with suppliers better equipped to deal with the risks of storing it in bulk.

 

 

Organisations Mentioned:
WorkSafe NZ; ACC
Reference No:
180209CA-1023

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