Each year an estimated 600 to 900 people die of work-related
diseases. This equates to around 15 people per week. Although
people are more aware of accidents, a worker is ten times more
likely to die from a work-related disease than from a workplace
accident. A further 30,000 people each year develop serious but
non-fatal work-related ill-health, such as noise-induced hearing
loss or non-fatal lung diseases.
The estimated effect on New Zealand is significant:
the estimated cost of work-related diseases to New Zealand per
year is $2.4 billion;
the estimated average cost of lost productivity over a typical
worker's career for each case of work-related ill-health is
the estimated annual cost of absences workers attribute to
work-related ill-health is $120 million.
In the next year, WorkSafe aims to:
raise awareness of the importance of healthy work, identify
opportunities for collaboration, confirm their approach to
'Health by Design' guidance materials, and aim to include
work-related health in the New Zealand Qualifications
agree work-related health inspectorate capabilities, expand
guidance on key risks and concepts, build understanding of hazard
exposure and confirm their approach to health-related enforcement;
continue their targeted programmes on prioritised risks (such
Clean Air programme), design upcoming programmes through
research and intelligence, and continue their work on health in the
Worksafe's aim is that by 2026 they will achieve their
vision that "everyone who goes to work comes home healthy and
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