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Our Plan to reduce injury and harm at work
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Our Plan to reduce injury and harm at work

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.

The plan aims to achieve positive health and safety outcomes and to support the government’s target of reducing serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace by at least 25% by 2020.

Working with businesses

Working closely with businesses, industry sectors and government agencies, we’ll deliver targeted programmes that help prevent injuries and harm and we’ll also tackle the causes behind these.

Areas of focus

We’ll focus on industry sectors that have the highest numbers of workplace injuries and look at what the common causes of these injuries are.

Industries with high injuries

These industries have the highest number of severe injuries, fatalities and harm at work:

  • agriculture
  • construction
  • forestry
  • manufacturing
  • health sector workforce.

Common causes of injury

The most common types of injury:

  •  slips, trips and falls
  • working in and around vehicles
  • body stressing
  • respiratory health risks. 

We’ll also focus fundamental changes that support health and safety culture, like education, incentives, safety leadership and worker engagement and participation programmes.


Find out more


Last updated 19 July 2016


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.