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Jen safely up a tree in the Otago Polytechnic arboriculture course. Photo by Anthony for Otago Polytechnic

This activity was developed by Alex Huffadine for Otago Polytechnic and is here for further adaptation


The following learning activities will challenge people to identify and explain legislative rights and responsibilities in relation to New Zealand workplace health and safety.



Assessment Quiz Questions

Please circle the correct answer (NB. There may be more than one)

1 Kevin doesn’t bother with a mesh glove because he only has 10 pelts left to trim. Unfortunately, he cuts himself. Who is responsible?
  1. Kevin
  2. Kevin’s employer
  3. Kevin’s workmates
2 What practicable steps could have been taken to prevent Kevin’s injury?
  1. Keep a supply of band-aids on hand at all times
  2. Wear a cut resistant glove on the non-knife hand at all times when using a knife
  3. Be more careful
3 Nick notices that Jack has left his knife out amongst the pelt trimming but says nothing – it’s Jack’s responsibility. Later, Pete harms himself on the knife. Who is responsible?

(two answers)

  1. Nick
  2. Jack
  3. No one
  4. Nick and Jack’s employer
4 What practicable steps could have been taken to prevent the knife accident?
  1. It’s best to let the accident happen – people learn their lesson better that way
  2. Nick immediately alerts Jack of the knife
  3. Nick tells the supervisor, then gets back to work
5 Your employer must provide you with health and safety information in a form that you understand.


6 Mike must involve his own behaviour when determining a strategy to control a hazard. Which of the following is NOT appropriate behaviour?
  1. He checks he is wearing appropriate personal protective equipment
  2. He makes sure he leaves the workstation safe for the next user
  3. He arranges for a video team to take a secret video to catch anyone (including himself) not following correct procedures.
7 Mike must consult with his employer when determining a strategy to control a hazard. Which of the following actions is NOT appropriate?
  1. He informs the health and safety office of the hazard and discusses ways in which it can be reduced or eliminated
  2. He discusses the hazard at a health and safety discussion meeting
  3. He decides not to involve his employer since he can sort the situation out himself
8 Adequate personal protective clothing should be supplied by your employer and worn at all times.


9 All hazards should be systematically recorded and monitored on an appropriate hazard identification form.


10 When a fire occurs, it’s important to contain the fire and reduce oxygen by closing doors.


Test your knowledge

Please refer to the library of resources and find what you need to answer the following 5 questions. Write your answers on your own paper, in an email, or on your blog and present it to your learning facilitator.

1. What are two requirements you as an employee have while at work, as defined by the Health and Safety in Employment Act

What is an example for each requirement?




2. Name three rights as an employee under the Health and Safety in Employment Act?

Your rights




3. Outline procedures to identify potential health and safety hazards within a workplace.

4. Determine strategies to ensure health and safety hazards are reduced or eliminated.

5. Outline procedures to deal with hazardous events or situations when not covered by employer emergency plans.

  • fire
  • chemical spillage
  • live electricity
  • gas leak
  • accident

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