WorkSafe New Zealand is New Zealand’s workplace health and safety regulator.

New Zealand has unacceptably high rates of workplace fatalities, serious harm injuries and work-related disease and illness. We are working collaboratively to achieve a 25 percent reduction by 2020 of the workplace death and injury toll. Work is also underway to establish occupational health reduction targets.

Our focus is to embed and promote good workplace health and safety practices. We are also the regulator for electricity and gas safety in the workplace and home.

WorkSafe's approximately 350 staff are located in 20 offices across New Zealand. 

We work closely with employers, employees and others to:

  • educate them about their workplace health and safety responsibilities
  • engage them in making changes that reduce the chances of harm
  • enforce workplace health and safety legislation.
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Research projects

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Oct 2017
This evaluation is intended to inform the next phase of WorkSafe’s focus on the Canterbury Rebuild and provide information for future interventions. The evaluation covered both the process and outcomes of the programme, addressed what the programme has achieved and how, and identified lessons that can be learnt. It also considered any unintended outcomes, both positive and negative, of the...
The forestry sector is one of WorkSafe’s four priority sectors due to the high incidence of injuries and fatalities. WorkSafe has had a dedicated Forestry Programme since 2010. The programme requested that Research and Evaluation carry out formative research to provide evidence to inform a review of the current focus and the development of future initiatives. The research employed a mixed-...
Understanding how attitudes and behaviours contribute to injury and harm in New Zealand workplaces is key to improving health and safety practices so everyone comes home healthy and safe. The only way to get this understanding is to ask workers and employers about their views and what happens in their workplaces. To get this information, WorkSafe commissioned the research company Nielsen to...