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The NIOH is governed under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which aims to provide for the health and safety of persons at work and for the health and safety of persons in connection with the activities of persons at work and to establish an advisory council for occupational health and safety.
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act applies to all employers and workers, but not to –
- mines, mining areas or any mining works (as defined in the Minerals Act);
- load line ships, fishing boats, sealing boats, whaling boats (as defined in the Merchant Shipping Act) and floating cranes; whether in or out of the water; and
- people in or on these areas or vessels.