Why the focus on work-related health?
Work-related health is about the interaction between a person’s work and their health. For WorkSafe, it’s about the way work can impact on worker’s health and the way their health may impact on them working safely.
Today, work-related health shares WorkSafe’s focus with work-related safety – with good reason. Each year, an estimated 600-900 people die in New Zealand from work-related disease.
Often, a work-related injury is immediately visible. However, the effects of exposure to a work-related health hazard may not become visible for days, weeks, months or even decades.