Commercial sector research

Health and safety attitudes and behaviours of the fishing industry.

Health and safety surveys

Together with key sector and industry stakeholders, WorkSafe NZ designs and implements interventions and programmes which aim to significantly reduce workplace fatalities and harm. Maritime NZ fulfills similar functions for maritime activities, including commercial fishing.

To carry out these functions, WorkSafe NZ and Maritime NZ need to have a clear understanding of the attitudes and behaviours of both workers and employers towards health and safety.

Industry surveys

WorkSafe NZ and Maritime NZ are interested in finding out about how attitudes and behaviours are changing over time and how they vary by industry. To do this, these agencies have funded comprehensive surveys of health and safety attitudes and behaviours amongst a number of high risk industries, including commercial fishing.


Commercial fishing operators and workers are to be randomly selected and asked to complete a nation-wide Health and Safety Survey over the next few weeks.

If you receive this survey, please take the time to complete it. Maritime NZ will use feedback from the survey to consider how to help improve workplace health and safety.

The surveys will be undertaken between Monday 30 October and Tuesday 12 December 2017. In the meantime survey participants can refer to these FAQs for more information:

2017 survey FAQs

Why has Maritime NZ asked Nielsen to run this survey?

Maritime NZ will use feedback from the survey to consider how to improve workplace health and safety. The results from the previous surveys proved valuable in shaping Maritime New Zealand’s work with the fishing sector. The results of the 2014 survey are available on this page.

It is important to survey both operators and workers. The Workers Survey is essential in providing a measure of how workers in the industry feel about health and safety in their work place. Conducting a survey is the only way of obtaining this information.

Will the answers be confidential?

Yes. Your answers will go directly to Nielsen. Only aggregated results and comments which do not reveal your name will be shared with Maritime NZ. In addition, workers’ answers to the survey will not be passed onto their employer. Results will be reported in a way that does not identify individual respondents or their business.

How are survey participants selected?

Participants have been randomly chosen from people operating a commercial fishing business or working in the fishing industry. Maritime NZ provided a list of commercial fishing operators to Nielsen. Nielsen have used this list and sourced information from the ACC Levy Payers Database and the electoral roll to develop a list of employees and operators.

Why should I take the time to do this survey?

Maritime NZ and WorkSafe want to find out health and safety attitudes, behaviours and experiences from a cross section of commercial fishing businesses, and other high risk industries, in New Zealand. It’s very important that all businesses and people selected to complete the survey do so.

How long will it take?

The survey will take around 20 minutes to complete.

Who is Nielsen?

Nielsen is an independent research company who are carrying out this survey on behalf of Maritime New Zealand and WorkSafe.

What is in it for me?

Those who participate in the survey can choose to be entered into a prize draw for their choice of a $500 Prezzy card or a $500 donation to a registered charity of their choice. One winner for the commercial fishing employers survey and one winner for the commercial fishing workers survey prize draw will be drawn on 22 January 2018 and be notified within 10 working days of the draw.

In addition, by sharing your experiences you are directly contributing to a research programme that WorkSafe and Maritime NZ will use to provide guidance material and campaigns to improve health and safety in high risk industries.

Who should complete the employer’s survey?

Someone from your organisation who is responsible either for employing staff members or for health and safety in the business should complete the survey.

Who else is being surveyed?

Employers and works in construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing, manufacturing and a sample of other industries are being surveyed.

All up, Nielsen will be inviting about 18,000 people to take part in the research. Maritime NZ is the national regulator for the fishing industry while WorkSafe are the national regulator for the other sectors.

Is the survey voluntary?

Yes, the survey is voluntary. You do not have to take part.

Does it matter if I respond or not?

Yes it matters. To make sure the results accurately reflect the views of businesses in NZ, it is important that a high proportion of the people randomly selected to take part in the survey actually complete it. Both WorkSafe and Maritime NZ are very keen that Nielsen gather people’s views and experiences. Nielsen needs to hear the opinions of all the different types of workers and employers in each of the different industries.

What is the timeframe for the survey?

WORKERS: Workers Survey packs will be arriving in homes from 17 November Postcards reminding people to take part will be sent out from 28 November.

EMPLOYERS: Employers Survey packs will be arriving at businesses from 14 November.

Who has been invited to participate in the survey?

Approximately 18,000 workers and employers in the following sectors have been invited to take part in this survey:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Forestry
  • Manufacturing
  • Commercial Fishing
  • ‘Other’ sectors (which includes workers and employers not working in any of the sectors mentioned above)

Who is carrying out the research?

Nielsen (an independent research agency) is carrying out the survey on behalf of WorkSafe and Maritime NZ.

What questions are asked in the survey?

Topics covered in the survey are:

  • Details of respondents’ workplace, number of workers, type, industry etc
  • How people feel about health safety in their workplace
  • Approach to health and safety in the workplace
  • Awareness and impressions of WorkSafe, and Maritime NZ for fishing operators and workers
  • Awareness of WorkSafe advertising and health and safety information
  • Personal demographic details – gender, ethnicity, etc.

Will the findings be made public?

Yes, Maritime NZ expects to release the findings in 2018. Results of the 2014 survey are available on this page.

How are the surveys being conducted?

Both workers and employers have been sent a letter inviting them to participate in the survey online through a link provided in the letter.

Nielsen will provide paper surveys to those who do not have access to a computer, would prefer to complete the survey in paper form, or have not completed online by:

  • Tuesday 14 November (for employers)
  • Friday 17 November (for workers)

2014 Commercial Fishing Sector Research

2014 survey of attitudes and behaviours[PDF: 4MB, 207 pages]