About work-related health
Work-related health is about the impact work can have on people’s health. In the past, we've called it occupational health.
While work can be good for health, and health can be good for work, workers can become unwell or develop poor health from their work environment.
A worker is 15 times more likely to die from a work-related disease than from a workplace accident.
Every year, 750-900 people die in New Zealand from work-related disease and there are an estimated 5000-6000 hospitalisations because of the health risks associated with their work. The burden on workers, their families and the wider economy from work-related ill-health far outweighs the burden from work-related injuries.
WorkSafe’s Strategic Plan for Work-related Health “Healthy Work” outlines our plan for a New Zealand where, ultimately, fewer people experience work-related ill-health. The plan explains the high-level direction and approach we will take, our activities and the outcomes needed by 2026 to achieve our vision: Everyone who goes to work comes home healthy and safe.
WorkSafe will support and enable businesses and workers to manage health risks at work through greater education, engagement and, where necessary, enforcement. We are also committed to reducing work-related diseases and ill-health but those who create the risk are responsible for improving management of work-related health risks. As with our approach to managing safety, we will approach work-related health in a proportionate and considered manner.