Health and Safety

Health and safety reforms introduced following the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy highlight the importance of leadership and good governance to improve our health and safety record.  WorkSafe New Zealand and the Institute of Directors (IoD) have issued a revised guide on health and safety governance which includes guidance about director duties and liabilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. 

Guides and publications

This health and safety guide updates the 2013 guide and is designed to provide directors with advice on how they can influence health and safety performance in their organisations. It is an essential resource for directors providing information on director responsibilities, the role of directors in health and safety, diagnostic questions and actions for directors as well as case studies and a checklist.  

The guide is available in an electronic format below. If you would like to request a hardcopy of the document please email us.

Health and Safety Guide: Good Governance for Directors


Director Checklist

As a director, your organisation’s health and safety risk is just as important as it’s financial performance and reputational risk and it should receive the same focus.

The Director Checklist provides key questions directors can ask to provide leadership, hold management to account, and create a healthy and safe workplace culture.

Sample Terms of Reference – Board Health and Safety Committee

Your board may be considering establishing a dedicated health and safety committee to assist the board in providing leadership and policy regarding company health and safety management responsibilities.

This sample terms of reference may be a useful guide in establishing objectives and expectations for such a committee.

Health and safety leadership - a guide for small to medium business owners and company directors

This guide is for directors, owners and managers of small-to medium-sized businesses. It’s designed to give you an overview of the most important things you need to know and do about health and safety.

Good Practice Guide for Public ServiceHealth and Safety: A Good Practice Guide for  Public Service Chief Executives and Officers

The purpose of this guide is to provide practical support to Public Service  chief executives, and other senior leaders who are deemed to be officers under  the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (the HSWA), with their governance accountabilities and ‘due diligence’ responsibilities.