We are working with industry partners this Asbestos Awareness Week (Monday 21 - Friday 25 November 2022) to remind tradies and businesses that there are no more excuses for not protecting workers from the risk of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos exposure is New Zealand’s number one workplace killer. Despite the serious health risks of asbestos exposure being widely known for 80+ years, around 220 people die each year from asbestos-related disease.

Manaaki te taiao, kia ora ai te tangata.
Create a safe environment for the wellbeing of our people.


Businesses are required to identify and manage risks associated with asbestos exposure. This includes completing an asbestos management plan if required.

For the public, WorkSafe maintains the register of licensed asbestos removalists.

Find out more on the Asbestos section of our website

Stakeholder pack

To assist with raising awareness, stakeholders can download a pack which provides a range of Asbestos Awareness Week assets for organisations and individuals to use.

Where possible, please link your audiences through to www.worksafe.govt.nz/asbestos(external link) for more information.

Asbestos Awareness Week - stakeholder pack (ZIP 3 MB)

The pack includes:

  • Email header (pictured)

  • Social images for Facebook and Instagram

  • Fact sheet

  • Poster

  • Newsletter insert

  • Website banners and tiles.

[image] asbestos awareness week banner including text and illustration of person breathing

More information

If you have any questions about using the assets or want to know more about asbestos, email asbestos@worksafe.govt.nz