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The Costs and Benefits of Complying with the HSE Act, 1992
May, 2001
The business sector has expressed ongoing concern that the Health and Safety in Employment Act, 1992 (the HSE Act) is imposing unnecessary and/or excessive costs, particularly on small-to-medium sized companies. Published in the Department of Labour Occasional Paper series as 2001/4. Occupational Safety and Health Service and Ministry of Economic Development
Government Involvement in Health and Safety: a Literature Review
July, 1996
Most OECD countries rely on a mixture of market forces, tort liability, compulsory insurance and government regulation to deal with workplace safety and health issues. Published in the Department of Labour Occasional Paper series as 1996/1. Simon Chapple and Tracy Mears
The effects of occupational safety and health interventions
March, 2002
This study examines the effectiveness of government legislation in reducing the incidence of workplace accidents and other health and safety risks in New Zealand. Published in the Labour Market Bulletin, Issue 2000-2. Kerry L Papps and Dave Mare
Aftermath - The Social and Economic Consequences of Workplace Injury and Illness
January, 2002
To explore the wider costs for society, the Social and Economic Consequences of Workplace Injury and Illness Study aimed to gain an understanding of the full range of consequences of workplace illness and injury. Richard Whatman, Mary Adams, Jo Burton, Frances Butcher, Sue Graham, Andrew McLeod, Rashmi Rajan, Margaret Bridge and Centre for Research on Work, Education & Business
Evaluation of ACC Reforms: Case Study Research
October, 1999
Three reports summarising the findings of case study research into the impacts of reforms to the accident compensation system on organisations’ workplace health and safety policies and practices. Centre for Research on Work, Education & Business
Reporting on Workplace Health and Safety and Employment Relations: a stock-take of current practice
January, 2005
The stock-take of New Zealand’s one hundred largest employers showing levels, quality and principles of health and safety and employment relations reporting through annual reports. Frances Butcher and Andrew Stewart-Loughnan
Investigation of Causative Factors Associated with Summertime Workplace Fatalities
April, 2007
Over a three-week period in the summer of 2005-2006 the Department of Labour investigated the work-related deaths of 10 New Zealanders. Department of Labour
Leptospirosis - Reducing the impact on New Zealand workplaces
August, 2007
The Report summarises written material primarily generated and published since the release of the "Guidelines for the Control of Occupationally Acquired Leptospirosis" by the Department of Labour in June 2001, and information gained from people interviewed and contacted in the course of the project. Department of Labour
An Evaluation of Health and Safety Management Practices in the Hairdressing Industry
August, 2007
Hairdressing poses significant risks of musculoskeletal disorders and dermatitis for Hairdressers. The causes of this are largely known; however, ways to prevent this harm exist but are not so well known. By making changes in work techniques and practices and adopting an ethos of “We Care” for our members, the industry can largely eliminate, for new entrants, and reduce for existing hairdressers, this risk. Simmers and Associates Limited
How Health and Safety Makes Good Business Sense - A Summary of Research Findings
August, 2007
The department commissioned this research to investigate whether investment in health and safety positively affects business performance and productivity. Martin Perry, C Massey and F Lamm
Health Outcomes in Former New Zealand Timber Workers Exposed To Pentachlorophenal (PCP)
April, 2008
Concerns remain about chronic health problems experienced by former timber workers who were exposed to pentachlorophenol (PCP) when it was used as an anti-sapstain fungicide treatment in saw mills. The Health Research Council, on behalf of the Department of Labour, issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a research project aimed at clarifying whether the health effects were real and whether they were associated with the PCP exposure. The Centre for Public Health Research was subsequently awarded a contract to conduct: (i) an historical cohort study of mortality (deaths); and (ii) a cross-sectional morbidity survey of current health problems in a randomly selected sample of former sawmill workers from the cohort study. The latter survey included: (iii) the collection of serum samples for dioxin testing. K Wong, D McLean, A Eng, A `t Mannetje, S Cheng, N Pearce, C Walls and E Dryson
Improving Work-Related Road Safety in New Zealand - A Research Report
January, 2007
This report provides a comprehensive review of, and guidance for the development of work-related road safety in New Zealand, based on the outcome of Dr Murrays research. It is designed to assist in the development of fleet safety policy for government and industry. Dr Will Murray
Monitoring Report: Use of Methyl Bromide at the Port of Nelson
January, 2005
Prepared by: Mike Lewis Occupational Hygiene Specialist, Workplace Group

Purpose: To evaluate methyl bromide exposure to workers at the Port of Nelson, from the fumigation operation undertaken at Shed 3.
Mike Lewis
Risk Evaluation of Dioxin Exposure to Workers at Dow AgroSciences, New Plymouth
January, 2005
This report attempts to evaluate the risks of dioxin exposure to workers at the Dow AgroSciences, New Plymouth from current site activities. It is primarily concerned with potential routes for exposure to current workers but does not seek to quantify the associated levels of risk. Mike Lewis and Derek Stannard
Keeping Work Safe Enforcement Policy
May, 2009
This policy statement is for anyone who may have an interest in how the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 is enforced in New Zealand workplaces. It sets out key principles and processes for enforcing the Act and describes what people with duties under the Act can expect in response to a range of situations. Alan Cooper
Effective Occupational Health Interventions in Agriculture
January, 2009
This report presents an overview of the findings of the national study of effective occupational health interventions in agriculture conducted between January 2007 and January 2009. Injury Prevention Research Unit Otago University
Position paper: Proposal to reduce WES-TWA for Methyl Bromide from 5PPM to 1PPM
October, 2009
The Department of Labour is the primary agency responsible for setting Workplace Exposure Standards (WES) as part of the administration of the Health and Safety in Employment Act (HSE), 1992. This position paper discusses the proposal to reduce WES-TWA for methyl bromide from 5ppm to 1 ppm.

Department of Labour
Returning to work from injury: Longitudinal evidence on employment and earnings
August, 2005
Sarah Crichton, Steven Stillman and Dean Hyslop
Falling Short in Workplace Safety
February, 2012
Falling Short in Workplace Safety is an analysis of 340 serious harm accident reports from 2007 to 2009 involving falls either from height or on the same level in the construction sector.
In Harms Way: A case study of Pacific workers in Manukau Manufacturing
March, 2012
This report discusses research undertaken to examine injury reporting by Pacific workers in the manufacturing industry in Manukau. It draws on qualitative and quantitative data to explore the underlying factors involved in higher injury reporting rates by Pacific workers. Department of Labour - Labour and Immigration Research Centre
Work-related Injury Claims
November, 2008
This report informs you about work-related injury Claims that occurred in the 2007 calendar year as measured at 31 March 2008. The injury statistics were released by Statistics New Zealand on 29 October 2008 and were accompanied by final figures for the 2006 year. Department of Labour
Quad Bike Harm Reduction Project: Indicators of progress to June 2011
November, 2011
This report outlines the key indicators being used to track the Department of
Labour’s quad bike harm reduction project between July 2010 and June 2011. Indicators reported are changes in behaviour on farms, how farmers use quad bikes, and indicators of harm.
Department of Labour - Labour and Immigration Research Centre
Puataunofo Manukau Status Report
September, 2008
This report documents the successful implementation of the Puataunofo Manukau project plan. The project included significant cross agency networking and collaboration, building relationships and engaging with employers and Pacific workers. Puataunofo Manukau Project Team
Puataunofo Come Home Safely, Impact Report
June, 2012
This report documents the range and impact of Puataunofo Come Home Safely initiatives as identified by key informants selected by Puataunofo Come Home Safely representatives. Lavea’i Trust Inc and Puataunofo Manukau Project Team
Work-related disease in New Zealand
August, 2013
Work-Related Disease in New Zealand: The State of Play in 2010’ is a report looking at fatalities and illnesses in 2010 linked to occupational health Labour and Commercial Environment Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment