Last week, the Ministry of Internal Affairs received support from WorkSafe New Zealand to review compliance of facilities on Rarotonga and Aitutaki on their legal responsibilities of storing dangerous goods safely.
WorkSafe New Zealand Hazardous Substance Inspector, George Hewitt, undertook site inspections of 24 facilities on Rarotonga and Aitutaki as a follow up to the last independent audit undertaken in 2010.
“This is the third time in recent years that we have received assistance from the New Zealand Government to ensure that our licensing processes meet the relevant international standards as defined by our legislation,” said Senior Labour Inspector, Rei Enoka.
“With 39 years of experience in the Petroleum Industry, we are grateful to have Mr. Hewitt with us to conduct this work.”
Hewitt is currently with the WorkSafe New Zealand as a principal advisor and is a current member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.
The outcome of this current audit will be finalised over the next few months and is expected to identify compliance issues that need to be addressed by each facility.
It will also recommend process improvements for the Ministry.
Counterpart training was also provided to Senior Labour Inspector, Rei Enoka, and Aitutaki Inspector, Tapita Solomona Tikiteina.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs acknowledges the support of the WorkSafe New Zealand and the Cook Islands Technical Assistance Fund in assisting with the costs of the audit.