Health and Safety at work

Being in an unsafe working environment can make your job increasingly difficult. Employers must provide a safe workplace, with proper training, supervision and equipment. This duty includes identifying, assessing and managing hazards in the workplace, and investigating health and safety incidents in the workplace.

Employees must take reasonable care to keep themselves safe and to avoid causing harm to other people by the way they do their work.

Employees may refuse work likely to cause them serious harm and employees have the right to participate in improving health and safety.

If you feel that you are working in an unsafe environment you should raise the issue with your employer. Wherever possible, you should raise the issue in writing, via email, and ask for a response. If your employer is unwilling to discuss or resolve the issue – contact us, our company can assist you in dealing with your concerns.

Please provide a timeline of events, and any evidence of you making your employer aware of the situation.

Bullying and harassment is also a health and safety issue. See our page on bullying here: Bullying In The NZ Workplace.

Can you be fired for refusing to work in unsafe conditions?

You cannot legally be dismissed for refusing to work under unsafe working conditions. We suggest raising the concern with your employer in writing if you feel the conditions are unsafe for work. If you are being disciplined, punished or dismissed for refusing to work in unsafe conditions or for raising an issue with your employer you can contact us for advice.

If you have concerns for your own safety or the safety of others we urge you to contact WorkSafe New Zealand.

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Thank you so much Jenifer Silva and Work Law, the great professional service that you provided during an extremely stressful time for me was outstanding, I highly recommend your commitment to your clients.

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