WorkSafe NZ? - 10th Mar 2014

WorkSafe NZ?
There seems to be a bit of confusion about WorkSafe NZ;  who are they, where did they come from and what do they do?


WorkSafe NZ is a child of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).   MBIE is a collective Ministry created through bringing together the existing functions of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Development, Department of Labour and Department of Building and Housing.

WorkSafe NZ is a Crown regulatory agency with the objective of promoting and contributing to securing the health and safety of workers and workplaces.  The agency was launched in December of 2013.

The Government established WorkSafe NZ as a stand-alone workplace regulatory agency in direct response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy in 2012 and the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.  The agency provides a single point of accountability and seeks to play a leadership role in improving New Zealand’s health and safety performance.  The intention is to work collaboratively with employers and employees to embed and promote good workplace health and safety practice, and enforces workplace health and safety regulations.

WorkSafe NZ run many of the health and safety functions that were administered through Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), which was part of the Department of Labour (DoL). Its worth noting that DoL stopped using the OSH name back in 2005 – so WorkSafe NZ isn’t OSH rebranded.

For more information about WorkSafe NZ go to: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe


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