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Raise a work-related health or safety concern

If you have a concern about an unsafe or unhealthy work situation, you can raise your concern with WorkSafe. 

WorkSafe will only send an inspector to the site if the work situation could lead to a person’s death or cause a very serious injury or illness.

Refer to ‘Questions to consider before raising a work-related health or safety concern with WorkSafe’ for more information. 

 

When you contact us, please provide the following information:

  • The name of the business you have a concern about, and/or
  • The precise location of the business or work situation you have a concern about
  • Details about the situation and the specific risks you have a concern about.
  • Your contact details in case we need more information.*

 

* Your contact details will be kept confidential if you request this. If you wish to raise a concern anonymously, then you must tell us this when you contact us either by phone or email.

 

Phone: 0800 030 040 (24 hours)

Email: h&sconcerns@worksafe.govt.nz

 

Questions to consider before raising a work-related health or safety concern with WorkSafe

 

1. Is your health or safety concern work related? 

  • WorkSafe can only take action to respond to concerns that relate to unsafe or unhealthy work situations.
     

2. How serious is the health or safety risk? 

  • WorkSafe cannot take action over every concern raised and is only able to respond in person to the most urgent or serious health and safety concerns. 
  • WorkSafe records information about concerns received, as they could lead to future action on a non-urgent basis. For this to happen you must identify and provide details about the business or undertaking you have a concern about.
  • We will also consider whether WorkSafe is the best agency to respond to your concern. Some matters will fall within the jurisdiction of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) but may be more closely connected to the functions of another agency (such as Maritime NZ or Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)).
  • We do not accept concerns that are trivial, that is, they are so ill-defined or obscure that they cannot be meaningfully considered or lack any apparent seriousness.
  • We do not accept concerns that are vexatious, for example, if the concern is intent on causing frustration or annoyance to a commercial competitor or to WorkSafe.

 

3. Can you provide sufficient information for us to act on your concern if we choose to?

  • WorkSafe can only follow up on concerns if you identify the business or undertaking, and/or you give us precise enough information to locate the work site. 
  • WorkSafe can only take action if the concern is timely, that is, the opportunity to meaningfully take action has not already passed by the time we are informed.
  • WorkSafe prefers that you provide your contact details so we can contact you if we need more information, such as if we are having difficulty locating the work site.
  • Your contact details will be kept confidential if you request this. If you wish to raise your concern anonymously, you must tell us this when you contact us either by phone or email.

 

4. Have you raised the concern with the business or undertaking you have a concern about?

  • Ideally, before you contact WorkSafe, you will have discussed your concern with the business or undertaking you have a concern about. 
  • If you are a worker with a concern about your work situation, you can raise the issue with your health and safety representative or union representative (if you have one). HSWA protects workers’ involvement in work health and safety.
Last updated 23 November 2016

PLEASE NOTE

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.