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WorkSafe heeds industry pressure

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Managers in the mining, tunnelling and quarrying operations have another year to meet the new competency requirements after a hasty amendment was made towards the end of last year to the Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013.

Before this amendment, existing certificates of competence would have expired at the end of last year. The date was extended until the end of this year.

Feedback from the industry indicated that the original timetable for the new competencies was too tight according to High Hazards Unit chief inspector extractives at the time – Tony Forster.

“WorkSafe has had pretty consistent feedback that this date was putting too much pressure on the industry,” he said.

“Our concerns were heard and the government agreed to the extensions. We are confident that a one year extension will significantly increase the level of industry action.

“This is the right outcome to enable all safety-critical role-holders to complete the necessary training and evaluation, and should set up the industry for a safe and successful future,” he said.

For further information on how the different groups will transition to the new competencies, go to the WorkSafe website: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/

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