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Health inspectors visit workplaces

Wednesday April 23, 2014 Written by Published in Health
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Labour and Employment Relations Inspectors in the Ministry of Internal Affairs have begun courtesy visits to workplaces on Rarotonga to gauge levels of health, safety and welfare.

This process will enhance a formulation of health, safety and welfare standards.  Employers and employees are also being provided with a fact sheet and an emergency planning template.

“Health and safety is the responsibility of both employers and worker. It’s important to ensure a safe and healthy work place and environment for both, as well as customers. Good health and safety practices help reduce avoidable costly work place accidents; encourage higher staff retention and increase productivity and efficiency,” says Senior Inspector Rei Enoka.

Under the Employment Relations Act 2012, every employer is obliged to take all practicable steps to ensure a healthy and safe work place and environment, provide proper training for the use of dangerous machinery, provide correct protective safety gear and proper use of equipment where necessary.

Employers who fail to meet their obligations under the Health and Safety provisions of the Employment Relations Act 2012 could face a statutory fine of up to $5000. Workers also have a responsibility to ensure that they take necessary steps to protect themselves from harm and not cause harm to others in the way they perform their duties.

“With regard to dangerous machinery and jobs, the Act states that no person under 18 years of age is allowed to operate dangerous machinery.  If you, as a worker, have not received proper training to operate that particular dangerous machinery, you should bring this to the attention of your employer.  Workers have the right to refuse work that may bring or cause harm to themselves or others,” says Enoka.

To obtain the Health and Safety Fact Sheet or Emergency Planning Template please contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs on 29370 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Release

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