OSH consultancy deemed a waste of money

Tuesday May 15, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Yet again this country is wasting funds, this time on imported consultants to bring in some occupational safety and health (OSH) regulations.

The private sector of this country has requested an updating of the Employers Liability Insurance, so the government moves to form legislation for “OSH”.

The newspaper article says: “Economic and social costs of failure to implement health and safety policies the potential to seriously undermine the country’s national aspirations for sustainable economic and social development”

Well is that so? Tell me how many people have died from work-related accidents. Nil I believe. Now tell me how many of our people have died and still dying from NCDs. People are dying weekly of this ailment.

The costs (funded or otherwise) and associated legislation and bureaucracy in all of this, should see such funds directed to greater spending in the control of our many health issues of our people and improving funding for the education of our young generation.

The government of the day needs to sort its priorities and show some fortitude in cancelling this time and money wasting exercise.

Sure, sort the liability insurance issues and get on with governing and spending funds where some real results will flow from.

            Des Eggelton

            Matavera

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