Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their workers. ACC’s role is to work with New Zealand businesses and agencies and provide resources to help prevent injuries both in and out of the workplace.
In December 2013, Government introduced WorkSafe New Zealand a new regulatory agency dedicated to improving workplace health and safety and achieving a 25% reduction in workplace deaths and serious harm by 2020.
ACC works alongside WorkSafe New Zealand where collaboration makes sense, and also maintains its own workplace injury prevention programmes and products.
Tools for injury prevention
- Habitatwork – educate workers and managers about how to prevent and manage discomfort, pain and injury in the workplace.
- Work smart tips – create personalised sheets of stretches and health and safety tips for a worker, a team or even a whole workplace.
- Risk reckoner (ACC5122) – helps to assess the risk of discomfort, pain or injury associated with a particular manual handling task. Use the online risk reckoner demo to see how it works, and order from the publications page.
The work environment, if not well managed, can be a risky place. When workers are fatigued, they are more prone to accidents; various factors can combine to create discomfort, pain and injury; and a noisy environment may lead to permanent hearing loss. The sections below contain information that can help both employers and employees to reduce these risks.
Highlights injury statistics relevant to main industries, and the resources available to help you manage hazards and prevent or reduce injuries in your workplace.
- Health services
- Meat industry
- Road transport.
Useful health and safety tools for small business.
Hints, tips and guides for making your workplace safer, and making your business a better place to work.
- Health and Safety Improvement Cycle
- Incident Investigation Process
- Safety WorkOut
- Health and safety representatives.
In March 2014 Government introduced the Health and Safety Reform Bill representing a significant change to New Zealand’s health and safety system. You can read more about this Bill on the WorkSafe New Zealand site.
Return to work
Helping injured employees return to work is beneficial for your business and for the employee. We have great return to work programmes and dedicated Injury Management Consultants who can work with you to tailor a return to work policy and process for your business. With minor changes to their duties and a little support, some employees may even be able to recover at work.
For further information see:
- Injury management (return to work/rehabilitation) processes
- Injury management/back on the job guide for industry
- Stay at work – it’s better for all
Last updated: 28 August 2014
Last reviewed: 22 January 2014