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Workplace assessments

Each year health and safety inspectors carry out 12,500 workplace assessments. These are proactive, planned visits and are not usually triggered by a report of serious harm or a health and safety complaint.

At least 80% of workplace assessments are targeted to industries identified in the Health and Safety National Action Agenda 2010 – 2013 as high risk, which includes Agriculture, Forestry, Construction and Manufacturing.


Other assessments

WorkSafe New Zealand will carry out 3,500 HSNO workplace assessments each year, with a key focus being on the Canterbury Rebuild. It will deliver at least 60 High Hazard assessments, inspections, audits and safety cases and complete regulatory visits to at least 150 electrical suppliers and audit at least 40 products.


Receive and respond to notifications and reported risk or harm

Anybody can provide a notification, or report an actual harm/risk of harm matter in a workplace to WorkSafe.

WorkSafe’s Response Centre is available 24 hours to receive notifications or reports or risk or harm. WorkSafe makes timely decisions on issues and the appropriate level of response.



At least 1,000 Health and Safety and HSNO onsite investigations are undertaken by WorkSafe each year. Investigations may be carried out to determine the causes of harm in the workplace, whether action has been taken or needs to be taken to prevent recurrence or where compliance or enforcement action (including prosecutions) may be required.


Providing guidance and information

WorkSafe provides a wide range of information and guidance about health and safety in the workplace. Up to 35 standards are produced each year by WorkSafe, in collaboration with businesses, workers and other key stakeholders.


Last updated 22 September 2017


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.