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 750-900 people die in New Zealand from work-related disease. And there are an estimated 5000-6000 hospitalisations each year due to work-related ill-health.
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.