NZ is currently in the process of implementing a new Worksafe programme for all businesses. WorkSafe New Zealand on the Health and Safety Reform Bill.These updates will give you an overview of the key parts of the Bill as introduced to Parliament, to help you understand some of its key concepts. This will help ensure you’re prepared for when the law comes into effect in 2015. That won’t be before April next year and we’ll inform you when the date is finalised.The Bill is part of the Working Safer reform package announced by the Government in 2013.

What is the timing for the Reform Bill and Health and Safety at Work Act?The Bill was introduced into Parliament in March 2014. It is currently before Parliament’s Transport and Industrial Relations Committee, which is considering public submissions on the Bill.Once the Bill is passed, it will be several months before the new Health and Safety at Work Act comes fully into force in 2015. This will enable the supporting regulations to be made, and WorkSafe to finalise the supporting guidance and approved codes of practice. We’ll keep you informed on when the legislation will come into force in 2015.The new law will be supported by education and information. WorkSafe is developing a range of guidance material that will be in place in plenty of time to help you through the transition.In the meantime, you can use these updates to help you start thinking ahead about what you might need to do differently to meet your duties under the new law.

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New Zealand’s plantation forests are expected to grow in value over the next 15 years. Forest managers manage entire forests and provide logistical support and quality control. Forestry operations workers convert trees into logs, preparing the primary product for the next stage of sawmilling. Solid wood processing is the remanufacturing of a renewable timber resource into value added products for local and international markets.


Waiariki Programmes:

Certificate in Solid Wood Manufacturing Operations

Intakes: Semester 1
Code: WR2893
Level: 3 Credits: 120

Certificate in Wood Manufacturing

Intakes: March
Code: WR2895
Level: 2 Credits: 60

Diploma in Applied Technology - Manufacturing Strand

Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2, May, November
Code: WR2978
Level: 5 Credits: 240

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OSH level 3 courses are being facilitated by Competenz around the country in the next few months.

The course is $250.00 per person for 4 days training and is heavily subsidised by Competenz for industry to meet upcoming compliance requirements.

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Solid wood manufacturing qualifications are comprised of a number of disciplines, each with a unique qualification variation (stand) and specific unit standards (learning outcomes) to help assess competency and promote best practices in the yard or in the processing factory. In some cases two programme options exist for each qualification. A shorter duration option may be chosen if the trainee already holds some of the required units and will therefore complete the qualification in a shorter time.

Competenz also offers solid wood manufacturing apprenticeships which result in the completion of both a Level 3 and Level 4 qualification. Our solid wood manufacturing apprenticeships include: Apprenticeship in finger Jointing Apprenticeship in Saw Doctoring Apprenticeship in Sawmilling Apprenticeship in Timber Machining All of our apprenticeships comply with the New Zealand Apprenticeship rules.

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