People working in the health and social services sector are exposed to many health and safety hazards and risks on a daily basis.
It goes without saying that people working in our health and social services sector have the same right to a healthy and safe work environment as the people using their services.
What are the risks?
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), every business has a responsibility to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and any others who could be who could be put at risk by the work of the business, such as customers, visitors, children and young people, or the general public.
First, you must always eliminate the risk where you’re reasonably able to. Where you’re not reasonably able to, then you need to consider what you can do to minimise the risk.
The following are examples of some of the health and safety risks for people working in the health and social services sector. Follow the links to find out more about these and also see our resources below to learn more about managing health and safety risks in your sector.
Where to go for more information
HASANZ (Health and Safety Association New Zealand)(external link) sets the standard for workplace health and safety services and advice.
ACC(external link) has resources available to help you manage hazards and prevent or reduce injuries in your workplace.
business.govt.nz(external link) has lots of tips for making your business better, while keeping your workers healthy and safe.