OSH And Education Reform Bills Introduced

by Editor on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — 2:17 PM

The largest reform of health and safety legislation in 20 years was introduced into Parliament today.

The Health and Safety Reform Bill was presented when the House resumed at 2pm.

The legislation is billed by the Government as the biggest health and safety reforms in 20 years intended to play a major role in meeting a target of reducing workplace injury and death toll by 25 per cent by 2020.

The bill will put more onus and legal requirements on managers and company directors to manage risks and keep their workers safe.

It will also establish stronger penalties, enforcement tools, graduated offence categories and court powers.

The Education Amendment Bill (No 2) was also introduced. Amongst other things it establishes the Education Council as the new professional body to lead and promote quality teaching, and as a consequence disestablishes the Teachers Council. In addition, the Bill also makes changes to the regulatory framework for teaching and to the disciplinary regime for teachers.

Select committee reports were presented on the:

2012/13 financial review of Landcorp Farming Limited by the Primary Production Committee

2012/13 financial review of Quotable Value Limited by the Primary Production Committee

2012/13 financial review of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission by the Local Government and Environment Committee

2012/13 financial review of the Lakes District Health Board by the Health Committee

Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill by the Education and Science Committee

Land Transport (Admissibility of Evidential Breath Tests) Amendment Bill by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee

MPs then began Question Time.

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