Dangerous Goods Inspection Still Being Done
Friday 05 May 2000
Bomb disposal and dangerous goods inspections are still being carried out and suggestions that OSH has halved the number of its dangerous goods inspectors are misleading.
The claim that OSH has halved the number of its dangerous goods inspectors emerged from a parliamentary select committee hearing.
According to OSH spokesman Justin Brownlie, suggestions that a drop in the number of OSHs inspectors meant necessary work was not being undertaken are incorrect.
In 1999 OSHs explosives emergency response function was transferred to the Ministry of Defence. That transfer resulted in the loss of four of OSH inspectors and approximately 30% of the explosives and dangerous goods inspectorates workload.
Prior to the transfer OSH had 11 dangerous goods inspectors. After the change OSH has continued to maintain the remaining seven positions.
Mr Brownlie pointed out that Territorial Authorities have legislative responsibilities under the Dangerous Goods Act and in fact carry out the majority of the work required under the Act.
Territorial Authorities also employ the majority of dangerous goods inspectors. There are in excess of 70 dangerous inspectors employed by Local Authorities throughout the country.