When it comes to health and safety in the quarry industry it can be confusing working out the regulatory agencies and representative associations, so we have created a quick H&S directory.
THE LAW: Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect on April 4 and repealed the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.
THE BUCK STOPS HERE: Minister Workplace Relations and Safety – Michael Woodhouse.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment is responsible for monitoring a number of statutory entities and Crown entity companies and WorkSafe New Zealand is among them.
WorkSafe NZ is our frontline workplace health and safety regulator tasked with working collaboratively with employers and employees to achieve a 25 percent reduction by 2020 of the workplace death and injury toll through its enforcement of workplace health and safety legislation. According to official accounts there were four fatalities in the ‘quarry’ industry in 2015.
The name and a lot of its ‘structure’ were borrowed from Australia where it is called Safe Work. WorkSafe (Victoria) is also the trading name of the Victorian WorkCover Authority and the name of the Canadian health and safety regulator.
High Risk Industry Classifications
These are still in progress and not yet in regulations, but are based on industry categories from the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), and paired with WorkSafe data from 2008 to 2013. For an ANZSIC defined industry to be considered high risk it must meet at least one of these areas: Carry the risk of a catastrophic event causing multiple fatalities; have an average annual fatality or serious injury rate of greater than 25 per 100,000 workers (based on WorkSafe data from 2008 to 2013); or have a particular risk of disease from asbestos or silica dust.
High Hazards Unit
The High Hazards Unit (HHU) works within WorkSafe NZ to police the high hazard sector in terms of health, safety and accident risk.
It has an inspection, assessment and enforcement role, focusing on the systems behind workplace practices and it contributes to reviews and updates of the regulatory framework.
Its work falls into three main areas: extractives industries (mining, tunnelling and quarrying operations), and the petroleum and geothermal industries.
The unit has two teams: one covering the mining, quarrying and petroleum industries and another covering the geothermal industry. Each team is armed with regional inspectors.
Mark Pizey, chief inspector, Extractives (based in Christchurch but spending a lot of time in Wellington). Dave Bellett, deputy chief inspector (Christchurch).
Inspectors: John Ewen (Greymouth), Mike Firman (Dunedin), Brian Harrington (Greymouth), Philip Fourie (Hamilton), Ivan Morice (Auckland), Charlene Donald (Gisborne), Priscilla Page (Hamilton).
Email for all: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0800 030 040.
These inspectors work under the regulations that define mines, tunnels and quarries and set out the competency requirements for the managers including those in quarries, alluvial gold and ironsand operations. Those who obtain these competencies are subject to the new Board of Examiners’ process. Quarries, alluvial and ironsand operations must also comply with aspects of the revised electricity regulations.
Health and safety guidance for the quarrying industry is available from the WorkSafe website: Health and Safety at Opencast Mines, Alluvial Mines and Quarries.
Health & safety membership associations
Aggregate and Quarry Association
The Aggregate and Quarry Association – AQA – represents quarrying industry companies who are members and aggregate suppliers in all manner of industry, government, health and safety, technical and other forums, including training and education. To this end it has developed a range of courses and qualifications with the Industry Training Organisation MITO. The AQA chief executive is Roger Parton.
Institute of Quarrying
A charter from the UK, the Institute of Quarrying is made up of individual members involved in the quarry industry and with a mission to promote the fellowship of members and enhance the image and professionalism of quarrying.
This includes training, education, health and safety, and good environmental management. Current president is Les Ward.
MinEx represents mining, quarry and other extractives industries in matters relating to health and safety, with a focus on assisting the minerals industry.
As an incorporated society it is funded by the AQA; Coal Association of NZ; IoQ; AusIMM; and a number of member companies.
The board structure is made up of two representatives from minerals (coal and gold); two from AQA; one from IoQ; one from AusIMM (NZ); one from CCNZ; and one from E tu (a workers union representing eight industries).
Straterra provides the MinEx secretariat. Its current chair is Straterra chief executive Chris Baker, and its chief executive is Les McCracken.
NZ Safety Council
This membership organisation promotes general best practice in health and safety management and environmental protection in communities, businesses and organisations. In 2004 the council launched the Register of Safety Professionals (RSP) and in 2006 the Register of Management Consultants (RMC), based on its own competency standards. The chief executive is Andy Loader.
Health and Safety Association of NZ
The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) is the umbrella organisation (an association of associations) representing workplace health and safety professions.
An incorporated society, HASANZ was launched in September 2014 with the aim of raising professional standards across the sector to provide healthier and safer workplaces and become a representative and voice for health and safety professionals and a first point of contact for business leaders and government on workplace health and safety matters.
NZ Institute of Safety Management
NZISM represents the interests of individual members (safety practitioners) who work in private or public sector organisations, helping members to develop their skills and knowledge in workplace health and safety.
NZ Safety Council
The NZSC advises and provides information to businesses on general health and safety matters through a network of Registered Safety Professionals. Its services include auditing workplaces on all aspects of safety. It identifies what precautions need to be put in place to reduce industrial injuries and accidents and refers to experts to address any issues it finds.
NZ Institute of Hazardous Substance Management
NZIHSM represents those who work in the community using hazardous substances, especially HSNO professionals such as HSNO test certifiers and enforcement officers and users of hazardous substances in their operation and understanding of requirements under the HSNO Act and associated legislation.