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The New Zealand Workforce Survey

The New Zealand Workforce Survey (NZWS; HRC 04/072) is the first survey in NZ to assess occupational exposures and health effects in a random sample of the working population. The participants for the NZWS were randomly selected from the 2003 and 2005 Electoral Rolls over a two year period (2004-2006). The survey collected information on lifetime work histories, a wide range of current occupational exposures and organisational factors, health conditions (respiratory and sleep), and lifestyle and personal factors. The final sample included 3003 workers from a wide range of occupations and industries The methodology and the study sample are described in detail in [link 2]. Of those that participated, 48% were male and the average age was 44 years. There were approximately 9% Māori included in the NZWS study sample.

RELATED PUBLICATIONS

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Eng A, 't Mannetje A, McLean D, Ellison-Loschmann L, Cheng S, Pearce N. Gender differences in occupational exposure patterns. Occ Environ Med, 2011; 68(12): 888-894.
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Eng A, 't Mannetje A, Ellison-Loschmann L, McLean D, Cheng S, Pearce N. Ethnic differences in patterns of occupational exposure in New Zealand. Am J Ind Med, 2011; 54(5): 410-418.
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Widanarko B, Legg S, Stevenson M, Devereux J, Eng A, 't Mannetje A, Cheng S, Pearce N. Prevalence and work-related risk factors for reduced activities and absenteeism due to low back symptoms. Applied Ergonomics, 2012; 43(4): 727-737.
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't Mannetje A, Eng A, Douwes J, Ellison-Loschmann L, McLean D, Pearce N. Determinants of non-response in an occupational exposure and health survey in New Zealand. Aust NZ J Public Health, 2011; 35(3): 256-63.
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't Mannetje A, Eng A, Pearce N. Farming, growing up on a farm, and haematological cancer mortality. Occ Environ Med, 2012; 69(2): 126-132.
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Eng A, 't Mannetje A, Cheng S, Douwes J, Ellison-Loschmann L, McLean D, Gander P, Laird I, Legg S, Pearce N. The New Zealand Workforce Survey I: Self-reported occupational exposures. Ann Occup Hyg. 2010; 54(2): 144-53. link icon
Eng A, 't Mannetje A, Douwes J, Cheng S, McLean D, Ellison-Loschmann L, Pearce N. The New Zealand Workforce Survey II: Occupational risk factors for asthma. Ann Occup Hyg, 2010; 54(2):154-64 link icon
Widanarko B, Legg S, Stevenson M, Devereux J, Eng A, 't Mannetje A, Cheng S, Douwes J, Ellison-Loschmann L, McLean D, Pearce N. Prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms in relation to gender, age, and occupational/industrial group. Int J Ind Ergonom, 2011; 41(5): 561-572.
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Eng A, 't Mannetje A, Pearce N, Douwes J. Work-related stress and asthma: results from a workforce survey in New Zealand. J Asthma, 2011; 48(8): 783-789.
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Widanarko B, Legg S, Stevenson M, Devereux J, Eng A, 't Mannetje A, Cheng S, Pearce N. Gender differences in work-related risk factors associated with low back symptoms. Ergonomics, 2012; 55(3): 327-42.
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Jay S, Gander P, Eng A, Cheng S, Douwes J, Ellison-Loschmann L, McLean D, Pearce N, 't Mannetje A. New Zealanders working non-standard hours also have greater exposure to other workplace hazards. Journal of Biological and Medical Rhythm Research, 2017; 34(4): 519-526. link icon

COLLABORATORS

  • Prof. Philippa Gander
  • Massey University, NZ
  • Dr Ian Laird
  • Massey University, NZ
  • Assoc. Prof. Stephen Legg
  • Massey University, NZ

FUNDING

  • Health Research Council of New Zealand