Health & safety qual­i­fi­ca­tion ‘over­due’

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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”.

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