New Health and Safety at Work Strategy
19 Dec 2018
Site Safe welcomes the announcement of the government’s new Health and Safety at Work Strategy.
Site Safe Chief Executive Brett Murray says the strategy sets out several clear priorities which should help ensure more Kiwi workers get home safe at the end of each day.
“We applaud the strategy’s focus of helping those who are at the most risk of harm – whether that’s those working in high-risk sectors, those working in small businesses or those workers we know are simply more vulnerable.
“In particular, we support the stronger emphasis on worker health and wellbeing. There are between 600 to 900 deaths each year from exposure to workplace health risks, and we know there is much more that can be done in this area to prevent Kiwis being harmed at work,” Mr Murray says.
“We hope the action plan which will eventually flow from this strategy will identify practical ways to support businesses, especially small to medium-sized businesses, to improve their health and safety, and will empower workers to actively take part in shaping health and safety in their workplace.”
“Site Safe is looking forward to working with government agencies such as WorkSafe, as well as the industry, to help make this vision, of a country where work is healthy and safe for everyone, a reality.”
The strategy can be viewed online at www.mbie.govt.nz/health-and-safety-strategy