The State of Workplace Health and Safety in New Zealand - June 2011
Less Occupational Disease
NOHSAC Burden of Occupational Disease
National Occupational Health and Safety Committee (NOHSAC) website: http://ohsnetnz.org.nz/.
The burden of occupational disease and injury in New Zealand: Technical Report, Driscoll T, Mannetje A, Dryson E, Feyer A-M, Gander P, McCracken S, Pearce N, Wagstaffe M..NOHSAC: Wellington, 2004.
Monitoring occupational disease is difficult as there is often a long latency period between exposure and onset and attributing causation to work-related factors can be difficult. There is currently no effective ways of measuring incidence or prevalence, but the Department of Labour is developing an occupational disease surveillance system, due to be piloted by December 2011. The Department is also developing an occupational disease action plan as part of the National Action Agenda.
ACC Claims for Work-Related Disease
Statistics NZ Injury Information Portal: http://www.stats.govt.nz/.
Statistics NZ annual 'Injury Statistics – Work-related claims' Hot off the Press releases and supporting tables.
For details of the ‘Work-related claims’ publication, see notes for the Fewer Injuries and Fatalities outcome area above.
This figure is not likely to be a reliable indicator of the incidence of work-related illness and disease. It is presumed to undercount the true scale of disease, for reasons noted in the section above.
Statistics NZ Survey of Working Life (2008)
From Statistics NZ website: http://www.stats.govt.nz
Statistics NZ Survey of Working Life, run as a supplement to the HLFS in the March 2008 quarter.
To date, Survey of Working Life results are only available from one quarter, but planning for a repeat is underway.
The Survey of Working Life surveyed 14,510 employees - all employed respondents to the March 2008 HLFS were asked to take part. The objective is to provide reliable statistical data to monitor changes in the employment conditions, working arrangements and job quality of employed people in New Zealand, and to better understand the reasons for and implications of employment patterns.