After Pike River Royal Commission's recommendations were implemented, WorkSafe and MinEx developed new codes and guidance to support them

WorkSafe Codes and Guidance Programme


 Code and guidance development requires the following process:

  • WorkSafe New Zealand develops a working draft for initial review
  • MinEx and WorkSafe establish industry groups for the review of technical content 
  • WorkSafe finalises a document based on review outcomes
  • WorkSafe releases the document for formal industry-wide consultation
  • Ministerial approval of document (for an Approved Code of Practice)
  • WorkSafe releases document.


These documents have been released by WorkSafe New Zealand


Other useful documents and guidelines


Work on additional codes from WorkSafe is underway. This includes: 

  • Spontaneous Combustion
  • Inundation and Inrush
  • Surveying


The following codes are yet to be scheduled:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Explosives
  • Gas Outbursts
  • Mine Shafts and Winding Systems
  • Roads and Other Vehicle Operating Areas
  • Tips, Ponds and Voids.