Who we work with
Working collaboratively with others is a key priority for WorkSafe New Zealand. We do this on both a formal and informal basis.
We actively work with social partners - Business New Zealand and the Council of Trade Unions.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
MBIE is the primary policy agency for workplace health and safety. It leads the health and safety legislation and has the authority to make regulations. We work closely with MBIE to ensure alignment between policy imperatives and operational realities. MBIE is also WorkSafe’s monitoring agency and reports independently to the Minister of Labour on our performance.
Other regulators and government agencies
WorkSafe is the primary workplace health and safety regulator in New Zealand, but the Police, Maritime New Zealand, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the NZ Transport Agency also play important roles in enforcing health and safety compliance.
Additionally, the Accident Compensation Corporation administers rules and levies which influence the health and safety practices of both workplaces and workers.
We will also work closely with the Environmental Protection Authority as responsibilities for hazardous substances in the workplace are transferred to us and on the on-going interface between workplace and environmental controls.
Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum
We are part of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum, a coalition of more than 100 business and government leaders committed to improving the performance of workplace health and safety in New Zealand.
The WorkSafe board will be establishing technical advisory groups during 2014.
We have joined with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) New Zealand to develop the ‘Reducing Harm in New Zealand Workplaces Action Plan’ to help keep New Zealanders safe and healthy at work.