WorkSafe New Zealand was launched in mid-December to transform New Zealand-wide attitudes and performance in workplace health and safety.
WorkSafe NZ Chair Professor Gregor Coster says the new Crown Agency has the mandate and the resources to play a critical role in looking to ensure workers in New Zealand come home healthy and safe every day.
“For the first time in recent history, the workplace health and safety regulator is now properly funded, high on the Government’s agenda, and breaking into the consciousness of more and more Kiwis,” Professor Coster says.
“This is a unique opportunity, and I give a commitment to every workplace that the Board, leadership and staff of WorkSafe New Zealand will make a positive difference.
“It is not our task alone. Every worker, every union, every health and safety advisor, every manager and every employer has a role to play.
“While we are committed to a collaborative approach, WorkSafe NZ, as the health and safety regulator, will enforce strongly where it has to.
“The current state of health and safety in the workplace is not good enough — the 75 deaths every year and the numerous serious injuries are stark evidence of that. However, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make a real difference,” he says.