A Risk Renaissance

Article by Wayne Vernon

A FEW years back I arrived in New Zealand to help set up the High Hazards Unit at WorkSafe New Zealand, the country’s health and safety regulator. Pretty soon, it struck me that work being done in the occupational health and safety sphere was a part of a greater ‘risk renaissance’ that Kiwis have been undergoing in recent years. Awareness is growing in New Zealand that we need to do more to stop the misery caused by preventable incidents in the workplace, and from events arising in the workplace that affect off-site populations.

Article by Wayne Vernon

General Manager, High hazards and energy safety, Worksafe New Zealand

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