Why the focus on work-related health

Work-related health is about the interaction between a person’s work and their health. For WorkSafe, it’s about the way work can impact on worker’s’ health and the way their health may impact on working safely.

Today, work-related health shares our focus with work-related safety – with good reason. Each year, an estimated 600-900 people die in New Zealand from work-related disease.

A work-related injury is often immediately visible. However, the effects of exposure to a work-related health hazard may not become visible for days, weeks, months or even decades.  

Further reading

WorkSafe’s position on work-related (occupational) health