The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 2015 is New Zealand's workplace health and safety law. It came into effect on 4 April 2016.
HSWA recognises that a well-functioning health and safety system relies on participation, leadership, and accountability by government, business and workers. HSWA sets out the principles, duties and rights in relation to workplace health and safety. A guiding principle of HSWA is that workers and others need to be given the highest level of protection from workplace health and safety risks, as is reasonable.
HSWA shifts the focus from monitoring and recording health and safety incidents to proactively identifying and managing risks so everyone is safe and healthy.