About the Journal

The journal was established by:

  • Chris Peace (Lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety at Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Joanne Crawford (WorkSafe New Zealand Chair in Health and Safety at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington
  • Danaëe Anderson (OHS Researcher & Educator in the Health Faculty at Victoria University Te Herenga Waka)
  • Miriska Gerber (H&S Professional, Occupational Hygienist, Pharmaceutical Specialist)
  • Robyn Bennett (Health and safety professional, President of NZISM)

The journal is an open access, online publication hosted by Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington and first published on 2 April 2024. It is funded by small capitation fees and author publication fees paid to the Health and Safety Association NZ (HASANZ); journal finances are managed by HASANZ. Subscriptions are free of charge. Supporters of volume 1 are acknowledged in the first edition.

The journal was conceived to be a kete aronui – a basket of knowledge of health and safety practice in Aoteoroa New Zealand and elsewhere. It is multidisciplinary, aiming at all practitioners and professionals seeking an in-depth understanding of the health, safety, and wellbeing of people in and arising from workplaces and occupations. NZJHSP will enable dissemination of research evidence to inform decisions by managers, regulatory agencies, politicians, academics, students, researchers, and policy makers

The content is written by health and safety researchers, practitioners, professionals, and postgraduate students and will, we hope, contribute to the practice of health and safety in Aotearoa New Zealand and elsewhere. Readers are likely to include occupational health and safety practitioners and professionals, safety engineers, regulators, researchers, psychologists, and health and safety policy makers. We welcome submissions from members of professional organisations that are full or associate members of the Health and Safety Association NZ (HASANZ, https://www.hasanz.org.nz/) as well as submissions that extend knowledge of health and safety practice-related issues from authors in other organisations or countries.  

The Journal has a primary focus on New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific but articles with an international focus outside this region will also be considered, particularly if the issues raised are applicable across borders. 

Submissions from practitioners and professionals (including students) may cover:

  • the assessment, management, and communication of work-related risks
  • the management of hazardous substances
  • safety science
  • safety engineering
  • the development and local application of national and international standards
  • systems thinking
  • the development of local and international legislation and court cases of interest
  • occupational and health psychology
  • human factors and ergonomics
  • management and rehabilitation of injuries and ill-health
  • workers’ compensation trends.
  • local case histories and disasters
  • local research investigating the application of international findings or interventions that has not previously been reported.