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Exclusive: Farming sector mostly excluded from reformed Health & Safety Bill

Most of the farming sector will be excluded from parts of the Government’s controversial health and safety legislation.

Pike River families have joined others in recording a video, begging MPs to not give small businesses a free ride on workplace safety. Source: 1 NEWS

ONE News can reveal the list of high risk industries has been confirmed and signed off by ministers.

Under the new laws, workplaces with fewer than 20 employees will NOT have to have a health and safety representative.

That’s the most controversial part of the law.

But those in high risk industries will have to have such representatives.

Those that will be included in the list include forestry, fishing, agriculture, construction and some manufacturing.

And while some of the farming sector will be in, the majority won’t be, including livestock.

Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse’s criteria for making the list looked at fatality rates, injury data, catastrophic risk and the risk posed from asbestos.

Proceedings into new health and safety laws were postponed in Parliament Source: 1 NEWS

Meanwhile, moves by Labour to change parts of the bill when it comes before Parliament for committee stage appear to have failed.

The Government has revealed details of its plan to reform workplace safety rules. Source: 1 NEWS

The opposition needed the support of United Future and the Maori Party to see their amendments pass through parliament tonight, but Mr Dunne has decided to support the Government’s bill.