High Hazards Unit (within WorkSafe)
The High Hazards Unit works to ensure high standards of safety in New Zealand’s mining, petroleum and geothermal sectors.
These industries have inherent and significant hazards – even when managed by highly motivated and safety conscious operators. Failure doesn’t happen often, but when it does, its consequences, in human, environmental and economic costs, can be catastrophic.
Our primary role is to enforce health and safety legislation in these three industries. We have an audit and enforcement role, focussing on the systems behind workplace practices, and will take immediate and decisive action where we see inadequate controls in place.