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Who we are

We are WorkSafe New Zealand or WorkSafe, but never WorkSafe NZ and absolutely never OSH – that brand was retired in 2005.  The ‘s’ in our name is always capped. We began operations on 16 December 2013.

WorkSafe was set up by the Government in direct response to the 2012 recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy and the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety (which reported in 2013).

Our objective, as laid out in the WorkSafe New Zealand Act 2013, is to “promote and contribute to securing the health and safety of workers and workplaces”.

We implement the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE Act).  This act will be replaced on 4 April 2016 by the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA).

We are charged by the Government with leading New Zealand to achieve safer outcomes in the workplace and we use engagement, education and enforcement to do that.  The Government has set a target of an at least 25 percent reduction in workplace deaths and serious injuries by 2020 and we have a major role to play in bringing the country to achieving that target.

We are a Crown Agent.  The definition of a Crown Agent is:

“Crown agents are statutory Crown entities that must give effect to Government policy directions as distinct from having regard to Government policy directions or being generally independent of Government policy.  Crown agents are those Crown entities most closely subject to ministerial control.”

Source:  State Services Commission website

We are governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister and chaired by Professor Gregor Coster, CNZM.

WorkSafe’s Chief Executive is Nicole Rosie who leads a team of over 550 staff.


Hon Michael Woodhouse | Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

Last updated 13 January 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.