Relations - Workplace Safety
Gut legislation that impose the greatest level of compliance costs on business, including the Employment Relations Act, the Health and Safety in Employment Act and the Holidays Act.
Support and develop initiatives that will enable workplace participation systems to work effectively, including those that increase resources for union involvement and participation in health and safety training
Legislate to provide for reasonable work breaks
Support the development of health and safety obligations and responsibilities for the owner of a workplace who contracts, or sub-contracts, work to be performed at that workplace
Require OSH to effectively enforce legislation in relation to occupational health issues such as noise, respiratory disease, occupational cancer, musculo-skeletal injuries and gradual process injuries.
Require that, in instances where employers are prosecuted and fined for breaches of Health and Safety in Employment legislation, a portion of the fine is paid by the court to any workers injured as a result of the breach.
Establish a tripartite body with representatives from business, unions and government agencies to address the strategic issues between ACC and Occupational Safety and Health
Continue to develop and fund health and safety representatives’ training
Move towards the ratification of ILO Convention 155, which addresses steps to prevent accidents and injury to health
Prioritise occupational safety and health issues within the Department of Labour
Improve the monitoring and surveillance of occupational injury and disease
Reduce business compliance costs associated with OSH legislation
Allocate sufficient resources to enable the Labour Department to give greater emphasis to education and OSH inspections
Appoint an Accident Compensation Ombudsman with a requirement to work closely with OSH to develop an educative approach to safer workplaces
Provide for employers to purchase 'set-rate' accident cover for employees, particularly lower paid part-time and casual workers
Provide for the self-employed to purchase 'set-rate' accident cover, which could
include replacement worker costs if the employer stipulates it at the time of
paying the premium