Health and safety organisations

The organisations below provide more detailed information about various aspects of health, safety and wellness.

Government Safety and Health Agencies of New Zealand

  • Auckland Council
    If you are planning an event or activity you may require permits from the local authority and to submit a health and safety plan.
    Visit the Auckland Council website.
  • ACC
    The agency administers the Accident Compensation Act. They also handle and manage all work or non work related accidents. If you have questions on compensation entitlements, coverage or injury prevention at work or at home this is a very comprehensive site.
    Visit the ACC website.
  • Civil Aviation Authority
    Everything to do with aircraft safety and flight rules.
    Visit the Civil Aviation Authority website.
  • Ministry of Education
    All things about education. From a safety perspective they have guidelines on safety protocols for school activities to pandemic preparedness.
    Visit the Ministry of Education website.
  • Energy Safety Service, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
    This agency administers the Electricity Act & Gas Act. If you have a query regarding electrical or gas safety this site will assist in telling you the requirements for compliance.
    An ideal site for electricians or electrical technicians as well as Facilities Managers.
    Visit the website for Energy Safety Services.
  • Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
    EPA administers the Hazardous Substances & New Organism Act. This is a complex and comprehensive piece of legislation which covers the lifecycle of chemicals, explosive to genetic. It is a good site if you want to know about the make up of various chemicals and how to protect yourself from them.
    Visit the EPA New Zealand website.
  • Food Safety, Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI)
    MPI administers legislation regarding all matters of food safety from ingredients to how it is handled and made, to how it is stored. It is a good site for those interested in food technology or those operating cafes or restaurants regarding food safety compliance.
    Visit the Ministry of Primary Industries website.
  • Department of Labour, Ministry of Innovation, Business and Employment
    The key agency that administers and enforces the Health & Safety in Employment Act. It produces codes of practice and workplace health and safety guidelines.
    There are many free resources and important information for all sorts of workplaces to enable them to comply with the law and keep workers safe.
    Visit the Department of Labour’s Health and Safety Home Page.
  • Ministry of Environment
    New Zealand government agency that devises guidelines and policy to protect the New Zealand environment. This includes information about contaminated sites and air quality.
    Visit the Ministry of Environment website.
  • Government New Zealand
    This website gives you the legislation and statues of New Zealand.
    Find out more about New Zealand Legislation.
  • Ministry of Health
    This agency develops and implements Health Strategies for New Zealand. Many resources covering smoke free legislation to infectious diseases to community health, drugs and medicines requirements.
    Visit the Ministry of Health website.
  • NZ Transport Agency
    The NZ Transport Agency was established on 1 August 2008, bringing together the functions of Transit NZ and Land Transport NZ to provide an integrated approach to transport planning, funding and delivery.
    Visit the NZ Transport Agency website.
  • Maritime New Zealand
    The agency administers and enforces Maritime Rules and the Health & Safety in Employment Act, maritime search and rescue, and boat surveys. If you need to know anything about boat, kayak or canoe safety this is a good site to check out.
    Visit the Maritime New Zealand website.
  • National Radiation Laboratory
    Provides information and sets out legislative requirements for managing and handling electromagnetic fields and radiation, eg, x-ray machines.
    Visit the National Radiation Laboratory website.


Emergency Services

  • New Zealand Fire Service
    Good site if you wish to know about fire prevention and evacuation requirements. Learn about the how fires evolve and can kill, and how to survive.
    Visit the New Zealand Fire Service website.
  • New Zealand Police
    Learn all about crime prevention and safety including, traffic safety.
    Visit the New Zealand Police Online.
  • St John Ambulance Service
    The life savers and first responders to emergency medical and injury situations. Find out more about the St John, what they do, and how you can save a life by booking and attending a first aid course.
    Visit the St John New Zealand website.
  • Ministry of Civil Defence
    Find out how to survive during a large scale disaster when you could be on your own, or without help.
    Visit the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management website.

Health Related Sites

  • MEDSAFE New Zealand
    This site provides information on the regulation of medicines and medical devices in NZ and the safe use of medicines.
    Visit the Medsafe website.
  • Auckland Regional Public Health Service
    Promotes advice on public health, disease control, food safety and healthy living.
    Visit the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website.
  • Nursing Council of New Zealand
    As the statutory authority, the Nursing Council of New Zealand governs the practice of nurses.
    The Council's primary concern is public safety. The Council sets and monitors standards in the interests of the public and the profession.
    Visit the Nursing Council of New Zealand website.
  • Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand
    Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand is committed to providing quality services to all Deaf people in New Zealand.
    Visit the Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand website.
  • New Zealand Resuscitation Council
    The New Zealand Resuscitation Council is the guideline and standard setting body for resuscitation in New Zealand.
    Visit the New Zealand Resuscitation Council website.
  • Health Education
    The New Zealand Ministry of Health Manatu Hauora makes health education resources available to the public, including health professionals, to promote a better understanding of public health, and of preventive measures that contribute to maintaining public health and wellbeing.
    Visit the HealthEd website
  • Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
    One of the ways the Foundation supports individuals and communities is through providing access to quality information and resources on mental health and wellbeing.
    The Foundation encourages people to make informed choices and decisions about their mental health in ways that enhance their quality of life.
    Visit the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand website.
  • Smokefree Law in New Zealand
    Ministry of Health website regarding Smokefree Legislation in New Zealand.
    Visit the Ministry of Health’s page about Smokefree Law in New Zealand.
  • World Health Organisation
    WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
    Visit the World Health Organisation
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Information on all health related matters, infection control, disease management, and pandemic planning.
    Visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Navy Hospital Hyperbaric Unit
    Royal NZ Navy Facility that treats decompression sickness for divers.
    Visit the Navy Hospital Hyperbaric Unit website.
  • National Poisons Centre
    Advice and information on poison prevention and what to do if someone has been poisoned.
    Visit the New Zealand National Poisons Centre website.
    The database of toxins contains some 88,000 listed chemical products, pharmaceuticals, plants and hazardous creatures and is rapidly expanding to accommodate more.
    Visit the TOXINZ website.
  • New Zealand Dermatological Society
    Authoritative facts about the skin from the New Zealand Dermatological Society. Be sure to read their disclaimer.
    Visit DermNet NZ


Workstation Safety

  • ACC Habitat at Work
    ACC site on workstation troubleshooting to prevent discomfort, pain and injury.

Visit the HabitAtWork website.

University of Auckland Faculty Health & Safety Websites

Faculty of Engineering