WorkSafe Update 24.3.20

Our COVID-19 update

WorkSafe New Zealand, The New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (the Board) and the Secretariat understand the serious concerns industry has about COVID-19 and the possible effects of isolation measures, introduced by the Government, on the ability of Certificate of Competence (CoC) holders to complete CPD and to apply for and renew CoCs.

The impact of COVID-19 is of a significant scale and unprecedented. It is difficult to predict how the situation will develop and how long the impacts may be felt. This requires us to be flexible, understanding and patient.

Oral examinations

Due to the recently announced lockdown, there will be no face-to-face oral examinations held until further notice. The Board and Secretariat are considering if any alternative options are viable and will advise you in due course. CoC applications, while still being accepted cannot be fully processed to a point where an oral examination can be scheduled.

Please note that the Board are considering what other arrangements could be implemented to complete oral exams. They may advise on this at a later date. The Secretariat is currently working remotely for an unspecified period of time but you can still scan and email your applications to: BoE_Secretariat@worksafe.govt.nz

If the application for a CoC is not critical, you may wish to delay applying. We still recommend you contact us to place your name and contact details on a list for us to keep updated.

CoC renewals and CPD activities

The impact of COVID-19 has meant that many CPD activities have been cancelled or are very likely to be cancelled. We recognise this may seriously impact the ability of a CoC holder to meet their CPD requirements when it comes to renewing their CoC. The requirement for demonstrating compliance with the CPD requirements to renew a CoC is in the Regulations.

The impact of COVID-19 on the CoC renewal process requires careful consideration. The Board is already aware of the situation and is seeking advice on possible measures. You will be advised once any decisions are made and can be announced. We all recognise that the health and wellbeing of the people in New Zealand is the most important priority. WorkSafe, the Board and the Secretariat will therefore base all of their decisions on maintaining the protection of people by supporting all the measures recommended by the Ministry of Health.

Guidance and support from the government is available to help you stay informed and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Visit Unite against COVID-19.

Contact us

If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Secretariat. You can contact on 04 901 4980 or email BoE_Secretariat@worksafe.govt.nz