WorkSafe budget gets boost from Government

The Government is investing $57 million in WorkSafe New Zealand over the next four years, funded through the Wellbeing Budget.

In his press release, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway said that this funding would help WorkSafe be able “to plan for the future using data, intelligence and insights to do predictive modelling and ensure that regulations and actions are targeted, aligned and flexible.”  The investment will also allow WorkSafe to look at new areas including work related harm, mental health and hazardous substances (including carcinogens).

Review of regulations – have your say

This follows last week’s announcement by Minister Lees-Galloway of the launch of a consultation on options to improve regulations for working with plant, structures, at heights, and on excavation work.  On average three-quarters of all work-related deaths are from injuries at work involving plant or structures.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published a discussion paper for this consultation.  MBIE wants to know whether the options in the paper will be effective, and what impacts those options would have on organisations.  You can read the discussion paper and submit any feedback you have on the MBIE website.  Submissions are due at 5pm on 4 October 2019.

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