OHS rules have gone ‘too far’: survey

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More than half (53 per cent) of mining workers believe that OHS rules are “over the top”, a recent Mining People Polling and Media Centre survey shows.

The response transcended seniority levels across the mining workforce sample. Out of 600 respondents, 50 per cent of managers and supervisors, and 56 per cent of non-managerial workers, gave unanimous response concerning the standards.

Survey respondents reasoned that OHS rules waste time, add to frustration and create a disconnect by removing control over their own work.

Only 21 per cent of the employees sampled felt that the balance was right.

This leaves a staggering 80 per cent who believed that the industry OHS is either too intense or too slack.

There was also a disconnect among seniority levels: 32 per cent of supervisors/managers, in contrast to only 20 per cent of non-supervisors/managers, believed that OHS rules had not gone far enough.

Mining People International postulated that either the dissonance exists between workers in the organisation and the organisation’s rules, or between seniority levels in the organisation.