National Action Agenda & Sector Action Plans
A review of the Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for New Zealand to 2015 proposed the development of a national Action Agenda to focus workplace health and safety activity over the next three years.
This Action Agenda sets the framework of having priority sectors, action areas, sector based action plans and an occupational health action plan.
It targets sectors with the highest rates of injury and disease in order to reduce New Zealand’s work toll. The five priority sectors are construction, agriculture, manufacturing, forestry and fishing [external link] - each of the five sectors have their own individual Sector Action Plan, developed in consultation with industry stakeholders.
The National Action Agenda 2010–2013 marks a shift in our strategy to reduce the work toll. This Action Agenda focuses on the five sectors with consistently high levels of injuries and fatalities – construction, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and fishing.
This action plan focuses on goals relating to four areas that feature most consistently in injuries and fatalities across the sector, or are seen as having wider effects on the health and safety of those making their livelihood in the industry.
This Action Plan sets out specific actions to reduce the work toll in the construction sector and has a particular focus on slips, trips and falls from height. It has been prepared by the Department of Labour in partnership with the Accident Compensation Corporation and the Construction Safety Council. It is closely aligned to the Construction Safety Council’s own Strategy.
The Fishing Sector Action Plan is part of the Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for New Zealand to 2015 and aims to reduce the rate of injuries and fatalities in the commercial fishing industry. Maritime New Zealand is responsible for the delivery of this Sector Action Plan.
This Action Plan sets out specific actions to reduce the toll of work-related injury and fatality ('the work toll') in the forestry sector. It has a particular focus on health and safety systems and processes for the tasks of tree felling and breaking out.
This action plan sets out how the government and sector will work together over the next two years to reduce the work toll across New Zealand’s manufacturing sector.
This Action Plan has been prepared in response to the 2009 review of the Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for New Zealand to 2015 (WHSS). The review identified the need for a stronger focus on occupational health as a priority issue.