DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, March 17, 2014

World Safety News

Workplace Safety News Highlights From Around The World

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't reported elsewhere.

The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

New Zealand Introduces New Health & Safety Bill

The New Zealand Parliament has introduced a new health and safety law based on the concept of a "Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking" (PCBU) being the primary duty holder under the new law.  An article in Mondaq reports that:

"A PCBU is defined broadly to include all persons conducting a business or undertaking alone or with others regardless of whether it is for profit or gain. Essentially, a PCBU will cover pretty much any type of organisation (with some limited exceptions). 

A PCBU will have a duty to:

  1. Eliminate risks to health and safety, so far as is reasonably practicable; and
  2. If it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate risks to health and safety, to minimize those risks as far as is reasonably practicable."
Read the article here.

WorkSafeBC Has Search And Seizure Powers, But Must Also Have Investigative Expertise

WorkSafeBC (British Columbia, Canada) was given the authority to conduct criminal fraud investigations. To accomplish this WorkSafeBC investigators were given special powers covering  search and seizure, but these powers also requires them to know how to conduct interviews and seize evidence so it can stand up in court. Not conducting an investigation correctly was one of the key issues cited by the Criminal Justice branch in rejecting charges in January in the Babine Forest Products sawmill explosion two years ago.

An article in the Prince George Citizen reports that:

"The special constable agreement -- obtained by The Vancouver Sun through a freedom of information request -- raises more questions about why WorkSafeBC investigators did not use search warrants during its investigation and warn interviewees of their Charter rights to remain silent."

Read the article here.

Related past posts:
Companies Change Attitudes On Safety
U.K. - Hard Hat Saves Worker's Life
Safety News From Around The World

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