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Worker Exposure Survey

In November 2016, WorkSafe New Zealand (NZ) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the delivery of a NZ Workforce Survey of self-reported occupational exposures. The purpose of the survey was to gather information across all industry groups and occupations in the NZ workforce to establish the prevalence of a wide range of occupational risk factors. The Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) proposed a two-fold strategy to address the RFP requirements including:

1) a comprehensive report involving new analyses from the New Zealand Workforce Survey (NZWS; 3,003 participants from the general population) and the Māori NZWS (2,107 participants from the Māori general population). These workforce surveys were conducted by CPHR in 2004-2006 and 2009-2010, respectively.  

2) A worker exposure survey in seven targeted occupational groups: a) community-based nurses; b) collision repair workers; c) construction workers; d) hospitality workers; e) clerical workers; f) sawmill workers; g) agricultural workers.


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Eng A, Barnes L, 't Mannetje A, McLean D, Laird I, Douwes J. (2018) Worker Exposure Survey Report. Part 1: Results from two large New Zealand workforce surveys conducted in 2004-2006 and 2009-2010.
Report to Worksafe NZ, 31 Jan.
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Eng A, Denison H, Chung A, 't Mannetje A, McLean D, Barnes L, Keer S, Laird I, Gray M, Feary Mckenzie J, Douwes J. (2019) Worker exposure survey report Part 2: Results from a worker exposure survey in seven targeted occupational groups. 31 March. link icon

July 2017



  • Worksafe NZ