Occupational safety and health country profile: New Zealand

International labour standards


    Ratification of ILO conventions

    Database on international labour standards

    Provides access to the latest information on ILO international labour standards on OSH (such as ratification information, reporting requirements, comments of the ILO's supervisory bodies, etc.).

Policies and programmes

  1. Progress towards the 2020 target

    Working Safer

    A blueprint for health and safety at work. It is aimed at reducing New Zealand’s workplace injury and death toll by 25 per cent by 2020. It asks for leadership and action from businesses, workers and Government to achieve this goal.

Laws and regulations


    National regulatory framework

    Global database on OSH legislation

    Provides a picture of the regulatory framework of the main elements of OSH legislation. Contains comprehensive legal information and analysis.


    National legislation

    National labour legislation database

    Includes abstracts of OSH legislation and citation information. Full text of laws or a relevant source is linked to the records, when available.

Authorities and bodies

  1. Responsible authorities

    WorkSafe NZ is New Zealand’s workplace health and safety regulator. Its focus is to embed and promote good workplace health and safety practices. It works 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; and enforce workplace health and safety legislation.



    Occupational injuries

    Database of labour statistics

    Contains annual data collected mainly through the ILO yearly questionnaire. It covers a wide range of topics including occupational injuries.

Information and advisory services

  1. ILO-CIS centre

    WorkSafe New Zealand

    Provides a wide range of information and guidance about health and safety in the workplace and approved training. It produces up to 35 standards each year in collaboration with businesses, workers and other key stakeholders.