Health and Safety Inspector Kaimātai Hauora-Haumaru

Health and safety inspectors assess workplaces and work activities to determine if employers are keeping workers and other people safe and healthy at work. They also educate people about health and safety, investigate accidents and lead prosecutions.

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Qualified health and safety inspectors need to hold a WorkSafe New Zealand Identity Card and a Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Enforcement Officer Warrant.

Health and safety inspectors may do some or all of the following:

  • assess if workplaces have safe and healthy work practices, and sound health and safety management systems
  • assess work activities and practices 
  • ensure suitable protective equipment, such as hearing protection, is provided and used correctly
  • ensure suitable controls are in place to manage workplace risks
  • investigate serious harm incidents and accidents, and situations where someone could get hurt or injured
  • investigate occupational disease
  • write reports about the results of assessments and investigations
  • serve notices to get improvements done or shut down workplace processes
  • take legal action or give evidence in court when necessary.

Physical Requirements

Health and safety inspectors need to have a good level of fitness as they may need to bend, climb and work in confined spaces.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for health and safety inspectors includes:

  • risk management
  • interpreting laws and regulations
  • compliance, investigation or enforcement work
  • occupational health experience, such as occupational nursing
  • technical or scientific work
  • working with legal systems and processes
  • health and safety management.

Personal Qualities

Health and safety inspectors need to be:

  • good at problem solving and analysis, with excellent judgement
  • good at making decisions
  • good at oral and written communication
  • able to keep information confidential
  • enquiring and alert, with an eye for detail and an ability to learn new things 
  • firm, fair and impartial
  • able to relate to and work with people from a range of cultures and backgrounds
  • able to stay calm and work well under pressure and without supervision
  • able to cope with accident scenes and to deal with stress and conflict.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for health and safety inspectors includes:

  • risk management
  • interpreting laws and regulations
  • compliance, investigation or enforcement work
  • occupational health experience, such as occupational nursing
  • technical or scientific work
  • working with legal systems and processes
  • health and safety management.

Health and Safety Inspectors can earn around $61K-$66K per year per year.

Once qualified, health and safety inspectors may work in one of three teams:

  • assessments
  • investigations
  • response.

Health and safety inspectors can also progress to become technical specialists or managers within WorkSafe New Zealand.

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