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A study of influences of the workers' compensation and injury management regulations on aviation safety at a workplace
As the aviation industries developed, so too did the recognition that there must be an effective regulatory framework to address issues related to the workers' compensation and rehabilitation. All employees would like to work and return home safely from their workplace. Therefore, the efficient management of workplace injury and disease reduces the cost of aviation operations and improves flight safety. Workers' compensation and injury management laws regulate a majority of rehabilitation and compensation issues, but achieving an injury-free workplace remains a major challenge for the regulators...
Approved Code of Practice for Load-Lifting Rigging
This Approved Code of Practice (the Code) has been prepared by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in conjunction with representatives of the industries and stakeholders concerned. Its purpose is to support the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995 in relation to load-lifting rigging activities. It contains a number of diagrams and tables that are essential for safe load-lifting rigging work and chain/strop maintenance. The Code provides recommendations and procedures for safe practice while carrying out lifting and rigging work in industry. In an...
New Zealand mining disaster: Sweeping away of old laws left industry "in limbo"
New laws to improve worker participation in health and safety matters and toughen up directors' duties should be given early attention, according to an official report into the Pike River mining tragedy in New Zealand two years ago. The Pike River coal mine, which lies on the west coast of the South Island, exploded on 19 November 2010, due to the ignition of a large volume of methane gas. Twenty-nine men underground died immediately, or soon afterwards, either from the blast or from the toxic atmosphere. Over the next nine days the mine exploded three more times before it was sealed. The Royal...
Australia sets up national asbestos safety agency
The Australian Government is setting up an Office of Asbestos Safety that will pave the way for a national approach to asbestos awareness and management in Australia, said Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten. This in response to the comprehensive Asbestos Management Review commissioned in October 2010. The new office will be tasked with developing a national strategic plan as recommended by the Review, by 1 July 2013, Shorten said. Source :
OHS harmonisation update
Model work health and safety Act In 2008, the Commonwealth, state and territory governments signed an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) to harmonise workplace health and safety laws by the end of 2011. Safe Work Australia is responsible for developing a national model work health and safety Act with the assistance of the Commonwealth, states and territories and representatives of unions and employer associations. The model legislation will consist of a principal work health and safety Act, supported by model regulations and codes of practice that will be adopted in each jurisdiction. Source :...
Model OHS legislation
The Australian Government has identified occupational health and safety (OHS) as a priority area for reform. One of the key elements of the OHS reform agenda is harmonisation – moving towards one set of national OHS laws. The harmonisation of OHS legislation aims to reduce the incidence of workplace death, injury and disease right across Australia. Currently all states and territories are responsible for making and enforcing their own OHS laws. Although these draw on a similar approach for regulating workplaces, there are some differences in the application and detail of the laws. Safe Work...
Defining work-related harm
In New Zealand, and internationally, there are no consistent definitions of workrelated harm. The definitions used reflect the purposes of the different systems they sit in: rehabilitation and compensation cover, notification under health and safety law, and enforcement under health and safety law. The effects of inconsistent definitions are inconsistent coverage and the absence of an effective surveillance system for work-related harm. This impacts on our understanding of work-related harm and our identification of it for treatment, rehabilitation, compensation and prevention purposes. http:/...

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