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1080 - Aerial 1080 pest control industry guidelines
The National Pest Control Agencies (NPCA) have produced a best practice guideline to assist those who plan and manage aerial 1080 operations to understand and manage the critical risks in undertaking aerial 1080 operations and to ensure regulatory compliance. It has been endorsed as a statement of preferred work practices and arrangements for ensuring the health and safety of the persons to whom this guideline applies.
1080 - Guidelines for the safe use of sodium fluoroacetate (1080)
The major purpose of these guidelines is to provide advice on the safe occupational use of sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) in its various formulations. The primary intention is to provide practical guidelines for assisting users to develop working practices of a standard consistent with the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Act (HSE Act) 1992 and the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO Act) 1996.
A guide to developing safety management systems for the extractives industry
This guide was developed to help small operations prepare a Safety Management System (SMS) for their business.
A hazard management system for mining operations (factsheet)
This fact sheet describes how a hazard management system is developed as part of the mining operation’s overall health and safety management system.
A principal's guide to contracting to meet the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
The guide sets out a broad process for building health and safety into contract management, which can then be adapted to specific contractual situations or industries. It was developed in response to submissions received by the 2007 Quality Regulation review.
Above Ground Fuel Storage on Farms
This good practice guide will help farmers comply with the health, safety and environmental laws for above ground fuel storage.
Abseiling accident (Hazard Management Bulletin)
At approximately 1230hrs on 1 July 2011 an abseiler, who was an employee of a window cleaning company, was cleaning the exterior windows of the north face of a high-rise building when his main rope failed. The safety rope’s shunt failed to engage, causing him to free fall to the ground. The abseiler survived the fall, receiving minor injuries.
Adventure activities regulations - Guidance for operators
Our guidance for adventure activity operators provides detailed information on the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011.
Advice for working with sewage-contaminated silt and soil
In natural disaster situations, widespread deposits of liquefacted silt may spread over a wide area. It is quite likely that soil, silt or liquefied material could be contaminated with sewage and/or stormwater, if underground services rupture. It will not be easy to determine if such contamination has occurred.
Aftermath - How the lives of fifteen ordinary New Zealanders have been affected by workplace injury and illness
A booklet that presents, in a shortened form, the case histories featured in the study and concentrates on the human and personal dimension, omitting the detailed social and economic analyses of the full report.
Aftermath - The social and economic consequences of workplace injury and illness
The stories in this study tell us about the sometimes horrific human impact of minor slip-ups. They are at times harrowing, with expressions of grief and loss that cannot but move the reader. They are also at times full of hope, courage and determination, as those harmed, their families and workplaces express how they struggled to overcome the severe consequences that the injury or illness wreaked on their lives.
Agrichemicals - The management of agrichemicals (NZS8409:2004)
Provides practical and specific guidance on the safe, responsible and effective management of agrichemicals, including plant protection products (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides), veterinary medicines, fumigants used in rural situations and agricultural use of detergents and sanitizers. The main changes are due to the application of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Regulations.
Agricuture fact sheets
Fact sheets listed on Safer Farms website
Air Quality in the Extractives Industry (ACOP)
This approved code of practice sets out WorkSafe’s expectations for managing emergencies in mining and tunnelling operations.
Amusement devices - A guide for owners and operators
ARCHIVE - This booklet covers the requirements and duties placed on owners and operators of amusement devices under the Amusement Devices Regulations 1978. It is intended to be read in conjunction with the Regulations and the Machinery Act 1950.
Aquaculture industry (diving) best practice guidelines
The aim of this best practice guideline is to assist divers employed in the aquaculture industry and their employers to manage the health and safety risks associated with diving. The guideline details preferred work practices and standards for aquaculture divers involved in snorkelling, SCUBA and SSBA (surface supplied breathing apparatus).
Arboriculture - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)
Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for safety and health in arboriculture.
Are you complying with your duty as a hirer, seller and supplier of plant?
As a hirer, seller or supplier of plant you have duties under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (the Act) and the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995.
Asbestos - Management and Removal of Asbestos - Approved Code of Practice
The Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos sets out WorkSafe New Zealand’s expectations in relation to identifying and controlling the work health and safety risks arising from asbestos.
Asbestos - New Zealand guidelines for the management and removal of asbestos (3rd Edition)
These guidelines are produced by the New Zealand Demolition and Asbestos Association (NZDAA).
Asbestos Factsheets
asbestos factsheets
Asbestos handy hints
Asbestos handy hints information sheets
Asbestos Registers - National - Annual Reports
Asbestos and other Occupational Lung Diseases in New Zealand 1992-2012 - Annual Reports. These reports review notifications of asbestos-related and other occupational lung diseases made to the National Asbestos Medical Panel.
Asthma - A guide to the management of occupational
This booklet is aimed at providing general practitioners and other primary health care practitioners with diagnostic information and practical solutions. It is not intended as a text book but as a concise and practical aid.
Bakery worker’s hand crushed in a french stick moulder (Hazard Alert)
A bakery worker was hand-feeding a large 1.8kg head of dough into the machine. This was not in accordance with the designed purpose of the machine, but it was routine to flatten large heads of dough by this method for use in a bun divider moulder. The victim’s hand stuck to the dough, and was drawn into the rollers with it. The worker could not think clearly, and was unable to take any action other than trying to pull her hand free. Another worker activated the emergency stop but this was not immediate and so severe crushing still resulted.
Be safe working on roofs
Everyone is responsible for preventing falls when working on a roof – the principal, the self-employed contractor and subcontractor, the employer and the worker. Health and safety in the workplace starts when the decision is made to go ahead with a construction job. All aspects of working safely at height should be considered.
Bituminous materials used in roading - Code of practice for safe handling of bituminous materials used in roading
The NZ road making industry handles some 140 million litres of bitumen annually, much of it as a binder for chipsealing. This code of practice has been prepared to ensure safe handling of bitumen while chipsealing roads and safeguard personnel working in the industry.
Blade breaks loose in chipper (Hazard Alert)
A steel blade broke loose in a chipper, penetrated the flywheel housing and was ejected at speed. The blade weighed 1.5 kg and could have inflicted fatal injury. Goggles worn by the operator saved her eyes from probable blinding by steel splinters thrown out of the feed chute.
Boilers - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)
Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the design, safe operation, maintenance and servicing of boilers.
Breaking out assessment tool and practice note
WorkSafe NZ wants to be completely transparent about its approach to reducing the death and injury toll in New Zealand forests. The Breaking Out Assessment Tool and Practice Note guide and support WorkSafe NZ inspectors when they are assessing workplace safety compliance in the forestry industry, and making enforcement decisions. They also lay out a nationally consistent and targeted approach, and will assist us to gather intelligence.
Breech rail safety switches on rotary milking sheds (Hazard Alert)
A farm worker received crushing injuries to his chest while standing on the bridge of a rotary cow shed and reaching over to pick up a set of cups that were on the floor of the platform. This could have proved fatal if a fellow worker had not heard his cries for help and engaged the emergency stop cord and reversing mechanism.
Bulldozer brake failure (Hazard Management Bulletin)
A forestry worker was killed when the Caterpillar Model 527 bulldozer he was operating rolled over a track when the foot brake linkage failed.
Bunk bed safety in accommodation facilities (Hazard Management Bulletin)
One person was seriously harmed and one person died from injuries in two incidents involving bunk beds at accommodation facilities. In the first incident, a foreign student fell out of the top bunk at the Bible College she was residing at. Her fall resulted in a broken back and paralysis from the waist down. In the second incident, a two-year-old child was put to bed on the top bunk of a bunk bed at a residential camp. The child tried to climb down from the bunk. In doing so, his head became trapped between the top bunk guardrail and the bunk mattress, and he died from asphyxiation
Carbon monoxide - Invisible and deadly (Fact Sheet)
This fact sheet is for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) and explains how to deal with health and safety risks arising from carbon monoxide.
Caution – ceiling battens do not provide fall protection
Builders, roofers and other trades must plan for a safe approach to working at height and select an appropriate solution for the job to be completed safely.
Chemicals in electroplating and related industries - Guidelines for the safe use
These guidelines identify the chemical hazards associated with the various processes in electroplating and related industries and the precautions which should be adopted.
Children fall through suspended ceiling (Hazard Alert)
Two separate, potentially fatal accidents have occurred involving children gaining access to suspended ceilings in retail stores and falling through.
Chronic organic solvent neurotoxicity: Diagnostic criteria
Guidelines for medical practitioners on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic cases of solvent neurotoxicity.
Classified Hearing Protectors
The information contained in this publication is intended to assist employers and employees to choose hearing protectors that will give suitable protection against excessive noise levels. It is based on AS/NZS 1269:2005 Occupational Noise Management.
Clean air fact sheets
Welding, wood dust and forklift factsheets
Commercial and industrial premises - Guidelines for the provision of facilities and general safety
Guidelines for the provision of facilities and general safety in commercial and industrial premises. These guidelines are a guide to the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995 and to good practice in particular situations or hazards.
Composites based on synthetic resins (fibreglass) - Code of Practice
Code of Practice for health and safety in the manufacture of composites based on synthetic resins (fibreglass).
Computers - Guidelines for using computers
The 'Guidelines for Using Computers' have been jointly produced with ACC. These guidelines describe how managers, health and safety representatives, occupational health and safety personnel, human resource personnel and computer users can work together to achieve a healthy and productive workplace environment. The guidance reflects current knowledge and best practice for the use of computers so maximum efficiency, safety and health can be achieved in the workplace.
Concrete pumping health and safety guidelines
Pumping concrete is an efficient method of moving and placing concrete. This process is used in the manufacture of pre-cast and tilt-up panels, concrete formwork, slab construction, concrete paving and concrete spraying.
Conducting Asbestos Surveys
These guidelines are for PCBUs conducting asbestos surveys, workers carrying out asbestos surveys and PCBUs that need to identify asbestos in a workplace.
Confined space - Safe working in a confined space
Set of 11 information sheets provide general, non-technical information on safe working in a confined space, and includes examples of accidents. As well as assisting employers, some of these sheets may be useful as employee information and for training purposes.
Confined spaces: Planning entry and working safely in a confined space
WorkSafe New Zealand accepts AS 2865 Confined spaces as the current state of knowledge on confined space entry work.


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.