Government to set up new health and safety agency
21 February 2013
Government to set up new health and
The Government’s focus on
significantly lifting New Zealand’s workplace health and
safety record is behind the establishment of a new,
stand-alone agency, says Labour Minister Simon
The creation of a stand-alone Crown agent was a
key recommendation of the Royal Commission on the Pike River
Coal Mine Tragedy.
“The new agency will have a dedicated
focus on health and safety and underlines the Government’s
strong commitment to addressing New Zealand’s workplace
fatality and serious injury rates,” says Mr
“We have a firm target of a 25 per cent
reduction of these rates by 2020.
“The Crown agent will
enforce workplace health and safety regulations and work
with employers and employees to promote and embed good
health and safety practices.
“Today’s announcement is
a significant step in the Government’s workplace health
and safety reform programme. It will sit alongside the work
of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety
which is due to report back at the end of April,” Mr
The workplace health and safety functions
currently sitting within the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment will transfer to the new agency,
which is expected to be in place by December.
Legislation to establish the agency is expected to be
introduced to Parliament in June.
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