Health & safety qualification ‘overdue’
Massey University researchers are backing plans to reform New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system and introduce a professional certification scheme.
A new health and safety crown agency, WorkSafe New Zealand, has been set up to reduce the death and injury toll in workplaces.
The organization will work with employers and employees to promote good practices, enforce regulations, set standards, develop codes of practice and introduce a professional registration scheme for occupational health and safety ( OHS) practitioners.
Staff at Massey University’s Centre for Ergonomics, Occupational Health and Safety say there is a need for greater professionalism among occupational, health and safety practitioners in New Zealand and says a professional certification scheme is “overdue”.