OSH reform set to raise standards

Friday July 20, 2018 Written by Published in Health

The Cook Islands Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) national reform project is underway with the aim of raising the standards of occupational safety and health across the Cook Islands by establishing new legal requirements for OSH, workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance.

 

More effective legislation would protect Cook Islands workers and support Cook Islands businesses,” a Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesman said in a media statement this week.

A national workshop will be held on Thursday August 9 from 8 am to 5 pm, at the Red Cross conference room.

“Shaw Idea PTY will conduct the workshop as part of their extensive consultation process,” the spokesperson said.

“In their last two in-country visits, they have consulted with stakeholders, either individually, in groups and through vaka meetings.

“The aim of this August workshop is to regroup selected participants from different sectors to join a national discussion on how to create a fit for purpose OSH regulatory framework. It is a focused, active and constructive process to ensure that the policy to be developed is in line with the Cook Islands environment and needs.”

The internal affairs ministry is calling on participants of both genders, young and old, living in Rarotonga or in the Pa Enua, as well as foreign workers to attend the  workshop. Small or large employers, workers from public, private and informal sectors, civil society members, self-employed or working as business advisors, are all invited to submit their expressions of interest by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Pa Enua residents who will be in Rarotonga on this date are encouraged to apply. The deadline for all submissions is July 31.

Expressions of interest should include:

• Your full name and contact details.

• Whether you are an employer, self-employed or an employee and the name of your organisation.

• Why you would like to participate in the workshop.

• Confirm your availability to be present the whole day of the workshop.

For organisational purposes, the Cook Islands Tripartite Labour Advisory Council will review all of the Expressions of Interest and select the lucky participants to attend this exciting and important workshop. For more information, call Sandrina Thondoo, Director of Labour and Consumer Services, Ministry of Internal Affairs on 29370.

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