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States use Fiji OHS model

Ioane Burese
Saturday, February 09, 2013

THE success of Fiji's Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) reforms has resulted in neighbouring Pacific countries looking to base their OHS policies and structure around Fiji's model.

In a statement, Labour Ministry permanent secretary Taito Waqa confirmed Papua New Guinea and Kiribati have based their OHS structure on Fiji's.

The OHS reform, which had been worked on for the past two years, is complete and this year the ministry is concentrating on effective promotion.

"It has led to the reduction in the accident rate in the past 10 years from 5 to 7 per cent. That is quite a significant reduction," Mr Waqa said.

"And because of the success of the OHS reform, it has been exported to PNG and also Kiribati."

The draft laws in PNG have been completed and are now waiting to be discussed in Parliament before it is introduced.

"Kiribati and some other countries have also requested Fiji for their successful models through the International Labour Organisation to be able to help them out with their reforms in OHS."

The OHS reforms in Fiji have been part of the Employment Relations reform.