Health and Safety Toolkit

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    11 May 2023

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We are pleased to present our updated Health and Safety Toolkit, compiled to assist organisations in keeping workers and others safe.

The Health and Safety at Work Act’s focus on requiring organisations to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health and safety of workers and others is sufficiently flexible to address all manner of risks in a workplace.

Health and safety in New Zealand has advanced significantly since we prepared our original toolkit in 2016.
However, the level of harm in New Zealand workplaces remains unacceptably high: per the Worksafe data centre,
injuries resulting in more than a week away from work in 2022 were 30,624 (down from 35,046 last in 2021).
Fatalities were 60 in 2022, down from 64 in 2021.

Ensuring healthy and safe workplaces requires more than simply understanding the law. At all levels of an
organisation, leadership that demonstrates a real commitment to worker safety and engagement is critical. To
improve health and safety in New Zealand, everyone must think constantly about what must be done to keep
themselves and others safe in the workplace. It is only then that we will start to see real improvement in our
country’s health and safety culture and a decline in the rates of injury.

Should you have any questions about your health and safety obligations, our team has experience across a broad
range of health and safety matters and is able to assist you.

Read the Toolkit


This document contains guidance material and is not legal advice. Data last updated May 2023.