National programmes focus on reducing the number of workplace deaths and injuries in the sectors where the most harm is occurring.
Internationally it is recognised that proactive work has the biggest impact on improving workplace health and safety.
Through specific actions in each of these priority sectors, a real difference can be made to the work toll. That difference relies on everyone working together; government, employers, workers, industry groups and unions.
The Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for New Zealand to 2015 aims to lift New Zealand’s workplace health and safety performance and reduce the work toll to achieve healthy people in safe and productive workplaces.
2013/2014 National priorities
For the next year, WorkSafe New Zealand will have a strong focus on improving health and safety in the following priority areas.
WorkSafe New Zealand is committed to reducing serious harm and fatalities in the forestry sector.
Every year hundreds of people are seriously injured at work because the machines they work on are not safe.
Falls from three metres or less off roofs and from ladders account for most of the serious harm accidents reported to WorkSafe NZ from the construction sector.
Quad bike injuries can be prevented - they aren't part of the job. Quad bikes are not all terrain vehicles - they can't go everywhere, do everything. Respect their limits, and make sure everyone on your farm follows these safety steps:
Hazardous substances are economically important. We use them every day in our homes, businesses, farms, factories, schools and hospitals, yet they have potential to harm people and the environment if mismanaged or mishandled.