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1 WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY September 2012 The State of Workplace Health and Safety in New Zealand This report is a snapshot of the state of workplace health and safety in New Zealand, bringing together key health and safety statistics into an annual report. Every year thousands of New Zealanders are killed or injured at work, or suffer from a workrelated, resulting in huge personal, social and financial s. This report forms part of the Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for New Zealand to It is an action of the National Action Agenda , which sets a framework of specific actions to build health and safety knowledge, capability, leadership, and infrastructure. The report gives easy access to quality information, and supports the establishment of clear priorities for reducing New Zealand s work toll and increasing health and. Over time, this annual report will be used to monitor our progress towards the Workplace Health and Safety Strategy s vision of healthy people in safe and productive workplaces. DOL SEP12

2 The State of Workplace Health and Safety in New Zealand September 2012 Report Key messages Static trends for health and overall Fatality and injury trends are static has a high estimated annual death toll $3.5 billion annual of workrelated injury and Little change to industry and and response to What we re doing We have a once in 20 year chance to make substantive impacts we re taking it. The has provided funding, set a target and is reviewing the health and safety system Additional health and safety funding ($37 million over four years) is provided to strengthen and transform the regulatory approach, increase the capability and number of frontline health and safety inspectors, and support targeted health and safety initiatives The set a target of a 25 percent minimum reduction in workplace serious harm and by 2020, with an interim target of 10 percent by 2016 An independent taskforce is reviewing whether the health and safety system remains fit for purpose and will recommend possible improvements Data and measurement The focus in this report is on trend monitoring and robust data, including using official workrelated fatality and injury data, and standardising the measure for the s of workrelated injury and Plans are in place to improve the breadth and timeliness of the data in this report Action where it matters Sector action plans in five priority sectors (construction, agriculture, fishing, forestry, and manufacturing) are being implemented in collaboration with industry and are operational Focused harm reduction is being undertaken in these sectors, targeting key causes of injury and, such as quad bikes and falls from heights An occupational health plan has been released to improve sector capability and focus on reducing exposure to particular hazards The High Hazards Unit is fully implemented to improve MBIE s capability and capacity in mining and petroleum/geothermal The Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum is leading a commitment to zero harm in the workplace Proposals for change in ACC The is considering proposals to increase employer choice in workplace accident compensation, to heighten incentives on employers to prevent injuries, and improve rehabilitation of injured workers

3 Five outcome areas monitored We track five outcome areas to see if we are reducing workrelated injury and and improving workplace health and : injuries and Cost of injury and Must reduce Must reduce Must reduce Must increase Must increase Data at a glance 12 months = New Zealand has about 470,000 workplaces and 2.2 million workers $3.5b deaths serious nonfatal injuries Social & economic of workrelated injury & 102 deaths ( average) are recorded in the official workrelated fatality statistics. This is the most robust highlevel estimate available, but there is a twoyear time lag. The 41 deaths notified in 2011 to MBIE under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1 are a different dataset. leads to an estimated deaths and 17,000 20,000 new cases a year asthma, workrelated cancer, and musculoskeletal disorders are big contributors A high percentage of business and worker survey respondents report health and safety is well managed in workplaces, but a 2011 safety culture survey shows that more people think New Zealand s safety record at work is not improving Participation in ACC programmes has increased overall, and may be linked to the experience rating introduced last year which allows firms claims record for the year to impact to some degree on their ACC levy rate, though it is too soon to know for certain 1. The 41 deaths notified to MBIE in the 2011 calendar year do not include: the 29 Pike River mine deaths, cases investigated by other agencies (workrelated road crashes and the maritime and aviation sectors), and deaths from long latency s caused by exposure to hazardous substances.

4 injury and average fatality and serious injury trends are static overall and for the priority sectors agriculture, forestry, fishing, construction and manufacturing Data period includes the 29 Pike River mine deaths The has set a minimum target of a 25% reduction in workplace serious harm and by 2020, increased health and safety funding, and set up an independent taskforce review Sector action plans have been released for the priority sectors and a High Hazards Unit has been set up MBIE is developing a fatal injury measure combining ACC and MBIE data to sit with the official data, help bridge the time gap, and better explain data differences Serious Injury Outcome Indicators (Formerly the Chartbook ) WorkRelated Fatal Injury/100,000 Workers (Age Standardised) Estimate = 102 Fatal Injuries in 2009 WorkRelated Serious NonFatal Injury/100,000 Workers (Age Standardised) Estimate = 378 Serious Injuries in 2010 ACC WorkRelated Injury Claims ,700 total ACC claims (114/1000 FTE), Declining 29,600 WR ACC entitlement claims (16/1000 FTE), Declining 123 WR ACC fatal injury claims (6/100,000 FTE), Fluctuating International Fatalities/100,000 people ACC Entitlement Claims Priority Sector/1,000,000 hours worked

5 injury and poor deaths annually estimated from workrelated ACC claims show reductions in musculoskeletal claims and a rise in claims for noise induced hearing loss over the past 8 10 years A 2010 survey showed that 21% of respondents experienced stress and fatigue (burnout) for all or a large part of the time An occupational health action plan was released in 2011, focusing on reducing exposure to five known workrelated s/health issues cancer, asthma, noise, dermatitis, and psychosocial hazards Work continues to develop a robust workrelated surveillance system Burden of WorkRelated Disease Study NOHSAC Burden of Disease and Injury Report Year of Study Deaths per annum ACC Claims for Work Related Disease All Claims (,000) New Cases per annum ,000 20,000 Massey University Study Not Available ACC Claims for Work Related Disease by Type (,000) Survey of New Zealand Workers Psychosocial Factors Percent of survey respondents who indicated they experienced psychosocial factors for all the time or a large part of the time

6 injury and average The baseline estimate of the annual social and economic s of workrelated injury and is $3.5 billion This replaces earlier estimates, and uses a method agreed between MBIE and ACC for calculating widely varying s, such as pain and suffering, which are important but hard to quantify The reduction in compensated s is most likely to be related to shorter duration of weekly compensation claims rather than lower numbers of claims Social & Cost of WorkRelated Injury & Disease Breakdown of Cost of WorkRelated Injury and Disease $NZ billion (2010) Basecase estimates for cases compensated by ACC 1.0 Additional s for uncompensated Workplace Injury 0.1 Additional s for uncompensated Workplace Disease 2.4 Total Estimated Costs of WorkRelated Disease and Injury 3.5 Compensated Component of Social & Cost of WorkRelated Injury ($NZ billion) The agreed s estimate means it will now be possible to make a better comparison of the of workrelated injury over time The estimate is expected to be updated every two years Compensated workrelated injury makes up 10% of all compensated injury in New Zealand Percentage of ACC Claimants who make a Durable Return to Work following Injury Claim ACC Compensated Days Lost due to WorkRelated Injury

7 injury and good No change to headline safetysystem data, but related surveys tell us that larger workplaces are more likely to have formal participation systems, whereas smaller workplaces are more likely to rely more heavily on the employer as the source of health and safety expertise More people think NZ s safety record at work is not improving Slight increase in people completing health and safety representative training The 2012 additional health and safety funding will help support sector action plans and the exploration of options to better assist SMEs, involvement in good health and safety practice, and increased joint and industryled initiatives The Partners in Action Pledge was launched in 2011 Statistics NZ Surveys of Health and Safety Management 89% of businesses have processes to manage health and safety risks (2009) 55% of respondents feel that NZ s safety record at work is improving, a decrease from 66% in 2009 NZIPS Safety Culture Survey % of s feel that health and safety risks are well managed in their job INCREASED FROM 87% (2005) BASELINE FIGURE (2008) (Business Operations Survey) (Survey of Working Life) 53% of respondents agree that injuries at work are preventable, a decrease from 57% in 2009 Sources of Information on Preventing Injury at Work Industry Leadership 128 leaders signed up to the Business Leader s Health and Safety Forum (covering approx. 7 10% of NZ workforce) 217 businesses have signed the DoL (now MBIE Labour) Partners in Action Pledge Employee Participation People completing government funded health and safety representative training courses (ACC administrative data) 2008/ / /11 9,735 3,813 4,153 66% of businesses training their staff in health and safety 74% of businesses have practices for participation (BOS, 2006) SME Data National Employer Survey (November 2011) Number of Employees: Manager or employer provides H&S expertise 84% 65% Use the HR, internal, or external H&S expert 14% 56% Have formal participation system 57% 87% Use contractors 65% 84% Provide contractors health and safety induction 37% 71%

8 injury and average There is little change in response to the former DoL enforcement and proactive activities Participation in ACC programmes has increased overall, and may be linked to the recent introduction of experience rating of levies, though it is too soon to know for certain The 2012 additional health and safety funding will mainly bolster the health and safety inspectorate and targeted harm reduction The independent taskforce reviewing whether health and safety legislation, regulation, incentives and enforcement are working effectively, will recommend possible improvements is considering proposals to increase employer choice in workplace accident compensation, to heighten incentives on employers to prevent injuries and improve rehabilitation of injured workers DoL (now MBIE Labour ) Activity Percentage of workplaces who address compliance/ enforcement requirements within 6 months 69% of health & safety service users made changes as a result of contact with DoL in 2010/11 (71% in 2008/09) 2008/ / /11 94% 92% 95% DoL (now MBIE Labour) Enforcement and Engagement Activity Activity 2008/ / /11 prosecutions (and convictions) 97 (84%) 109 (78%) 76 (88%) workplaces receiving compliance or enforcement investigations incidents & complaints received workplace assessments forums & information visits ACC Incentive Programme Participation (W/place Safety Discount (WSD) and W/place Safety Management Practices (WSMP) Partnership Programme participation fluctuates by small amounts each year Accessing DoL (now MBIE) and ACC Information Means of Accessing 2008/ / /11 H&S enquiries made to DoL contact centre 37,712 19,905 22,435 H&S FAQs viewed on DoL website 83, , ,065 Visits to DoL s H&S website 496, , ,044 Page views to ACC s Preventing Injures Website 442, , ,483 In 2011, 84% of DoL Contact Centre users satisfied or very satisfied with services received, compared with 73% in 2008/09 Leading by Example March year Proportion (and number) of Agencies participating in the ACC WSMP or the ACC PP. 29% (12) 37% (15) 39% (16) 42% (17) 37% (15)

9 Supporting notes There are a number of different measures for the social and economic of workplace deaths and injuries. MBIE uses the New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy s relatively conservative estimate. This enables all agencies to use comparable figures and for the trend to be efficiently monitored and tracked over time, along with the other key workplace health and safety data. Further notes to support this report can be found at: Abbreviations ACC Accident Compensation Corporation DoL Department of Labour FTE Fulltime equivalent H&S Health and safety HSE Act Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 IPRU Injury Prevention Research Unit, University of Otago MBIE Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment NOHSAC National Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee NZIER New Zealand Institute of Research NZIPS New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy SMEs Small and medium enterprises Statistics NZ Statistics New Zealand WSD Workplace Safety Discount WSMP Workplace Safety Management Practices Outcome Indicator Source Serious injury outcome indicators of workrelated fatal and serious nonfatal injury rates (formerly the Chartbook ) Fatalities notified to the former DoL under the HSE Act ACC workrelated injury claims International workrelated Priority sector ACC entitlement claims Burden of occupational ACC claims for workrelated Psychosocial Factors Estimates of the annual of the work toll ACC compensated days lost due to workrelated injury Durable return to work rate following injury claim Statistics NZ surveys of health and safety management NZIPS Safety Culture survey Industry leadership Health and safety representative training Serious injury outcome indicators: Wellington: Statistics NZ (2011) MBIE administrative data (2011): Injury Statistics Claims: Statistics NZ (various years) Composite table of Serious Injury Outcome Indicators fatal injury rate and ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics: International Labour Organisation Injury Statistics Claims, entitlement claims by industry: Statistics NZ (various years) Household Labour Force Survey, hours worked data supplied to the Department of Labour: Statistics NZ (various years) The Burden of Occupational Disease and Injury in New Zealand: Driscoll T, et al. (2004). NOHSAC Technical Report, and data from Department of Labour Injury Statistics Claims: Statistics NZ (various years) Survey of New Zealand Workers, Department of Labour (unpublished) O Dea D. and Wren J. (2012): New Zealand Estimates of the Total Social and Cost of Injuries. For All Injuries, and the Six Priority Areas. For Each of Years 2007 to 2010, At June 2010 prices. Report to New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy. Wellington, NZ ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics: International Labour Organisation Australia and New Zealand return to work monitor 2010/11: Heads of Workers Compensation Authorities (2011) Business Operations Survey Employment Practices module: Statistics New Zealand (2009 & 2005) Survey of Working Life: Statistics NZ (2008) The General Public s Attitudes and Beliefs towards Injury in New Zealand: Research New Zealand (2011). NZIPS monitoring report (various years) MBIE administrative data (various years) Accident Compensation Corporation administrative data (various years) Statistics NZ business operations survey Business Operations Survey Employment Practices module: Statistics NZ (2006) government National Survey of Employers MBIE enforcement and Participation in ACC incentive programmes Accessing information leading by example National Survey of Employers, Research New Zealand and the Department of Labour, 2012 MBIE administrative data (various years) Accident Compensation Corporation administrative data (various years) MBIE and Accident Compensation Corporation administrative data (various years) Accident Compensation Corporation administrative data (various years) ISBN

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