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The evolution of the OHS profession in New Zealand
This article examines the evolution of the OHS profession in Aotearoa New Zealand (hereafter New Zealand) and we argue that development of a profession cannot be considered in isolation at one moment in time. We show that an occupational group develops as a result of historical contextual issues that shape how stakeholders perceive the need for, status, and role of that group, and whether it should be seen as a distinct trade or a profession. We also provide a working definition of “a profession” and outline the early development of New Zealand’s generalist OHS professions in...
WorkSafe New Zealand - Annual Report 2016-2017
The Annual Report for WorkSafe New Zealand gives a snapshot of our work each year, and provides financial statements. Source:
WorkSafe New Zealand - Annual Report 2013-2014
The first Annual Report for WorkSafe New Zealand is available. It gives a snapshot of the regulator's work over 2013-14, and provides financial statements since WorkSafe NZ's establishment on 16 December 2013. Source:
New Zealand mining disaster: Sweeping away of old laws left industry "in limbo"
New laws to improve worker participation in health and safety matters and toughen up directors' duties should be given early attention, according to an official report into the Pike River mining tragedy in New Zealand two years ago. The Pike River coal mine, which lies on the west coast of the South Island, exploded on 19 November 2010, due to the ignition of a large volume of methane gas. Twenty-nine men underground died immediately, or soon afterwards, either from the blast or from the toxic atmosphere. Over the next nine days the mine exploded three more times before it was sealed. The Royal...
Agriculture Sector Action Plan to 2013
Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for New Zealand to 2015 Making a real and sustained reduction in the amount of injury, disease and death in a particular industry is no mean feat – especially when you're talking about one as diverse and complex as agriculture. For a general description of the industry, see Appendix 1. Agricultural work involves a variety of hazards, and countries all over the world have tried to reduce the persistently high rates of fatality, disease and injury that can result. The agriculture sector has one of the highest levels of workplace injury, disease and fatalities...
Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for New Zealand to 2015
This Action Agenda focuses on the five sectors with consistently high levels of injuries and fatalities – construction, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and fishing. It sets out health and safety priorities for the next 3 years at both a sector and a national level. Actions will be delivered through partnerships with industry leaders and worker representatives. Source :
Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for New Zealand to 2015
This snapshot sets out the highlights of the year, demonstrating the breadth of activities that have taken place under the umbrella of the Strategy. Progress has been made in all three outcome areas – government leadership and practices, preventive workplace cultures, and industry leadership and community engagement. Source :
The evolving work environment in New Zealand
Implications for occupational health and safety : Report to the Minister of Labour

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