The Business Case for Workplace Safety: Benefits Beyond Compliance

30 January, 2024  |  News

Workplace Hazards in New Zealand

New Zealand proudly boasts a range of diverse industries, each of which presents its own set of workplace hazards. Understanding and addressing these hazards is vital to creating a safer work environment. Prioritising workplace safety goes beyond mere compliance, and doing so has a positive impact on employee morale, productivity, and company reputation.


Identifying Industry-Specific Workplace Hazards

Different sectors face unique challenges in terms of workplace safety. The construction industry grapples with risks associated with heights, heavy machinery, and electrical hazards. Agriculture, on the other hand, deals with dangers related to machinery operation, chemical exposure, and unpredictable livestock. Manufacturing plants encounter risks linked to machinery malfunction, noise exposure, and manual handling. Addressing these industry-specific hazards requires tailored safety measures and protocols.


Hazard Mitigation Strategies and Best Practices

To effectively mitigate workplace hazards and move towards a safer work environment, businesses must implement robust strategies. Comprehensive employee training is vital, ensuring that workers are competently able to do their jobs and are aware of safety procedures and emergency protocols including the use of proper safety equipment, such as personal protective equipment and machinery safeguards. Adhering to industry guidelines and constantly updating safety protocols based on evolving best practices are essential steps toward creating a safe work environment.


Regulatory Compliance and Safework New Zealand Guidelines

The New Zealand Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and related regulations require that workers be given the highest level of protection from workplace health and safety risks. It sets out to protect workers from harm to their health, safety, and welfare by eliminating or minimising risks arising from work.

WorkSafe is New Zealand’s primary workplace health and safety regulator, whose stated aim is to improve health and safety performance, supporting New Zealanders to return home from work healthy and safe.

Aligning with the framework not only prevents legal complications but establishes a culture of safety within the organisation and potentially saves lives.


A Safer Workplace Success Story

Many New Zealand businesses go beyond mere compliance and adopt best practices to improve workplace safety and overall business performance.

With guidance from IMPAC, Ngāi Tahu Farming considered how best to eliminate risk rather than just manage it and removed all quad bikes from their farms. The quad bikes were replaced by vehicles with a much lower risk profile in terms of injuries and fatalities. 

This is just one success story that underlines the symbiotic relationship between workplace safety and business success. Companies that prioritise the well-being of their workforce not only protect their employees but also bolster their reputation within their sector and the community.

A safe work environment is not just a legal necessity; it is a strategic investment in the success of a business. IMPAC, as a leading provider of Health & Safety training, software, prequalification, recruitment, equipment, and advisory, advocates for a comprehensive approach to workplace safety. By understanding and addressing common hazards, tailoring mitigation strategies to specific industries, and embracing regulatory compliance, businesses in New Zealand can create an environment where employees thrive, productivity soars, and reputations are built on a foundation of safety and success.