From 1 April 2017, our Workplace Safety Management Practices (WSMP) product will be discontinued and we’ll no longer accept new members or renewals from this date. We indicated this to our customers during last year’s levy consultation.
Our future focus will be on developing a new approach to how we help New Zealand businesses create healthy and safe workplaces.
WSMP offers a 10% (primary), 15% (secondary) or 20% (tertiary) reduction off the Work levy for businesses (more suitable for employers with more than 10 employees) that put health and safety systems in place.
The new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (external website) and changes to the ACC Scheme’s legislation have changed the health and safety landscape. WSMP doesn’t align with current legislation and is not fit-for-purpose.
WSMP has been in place for 16 years. Since its introduction, the workplace safety environment has changed significantly. We reviewed WSMP and found there were no significant reduction in injuries and injury claims. Our customers have told us that the products are administratively burdensome, inflexible and not tailored to their businesses.
If your business is already on WSMP, you’ll continue to receive your discount until the expiry of your current term.
We can’t accept new members into WSMP from 1 March 2017 and discounts must end by 30 June 2019. This means audits, processing and notification of acceptance into the product must all be completed before the cut-off date.
We’re asking eligible customers to apply by 31 October 2016 so that we have enough time to process the applications. Customers must be notified of all WSMP post-audit decisions by 28 February 2017.
Why am I being asked to renew WSMP before my current membership expires?
We understand that withdrawing WSMP will have a financial impact on current members. We’re looking to minimise the impact by inviting our customers to renew now so they enjoy their discount for as long as possible.
We’ll contact all WSMP members who are eligible to apply with instructions on how to do so.
Will anything be different when I renew this time?
There are a couple of differences that you should be aware of:
- Audit appointments will be assigned based on availability and we may not be able to provide you with your preferred time slot.
- Incomplete applications will be returned to the customer to complete and go back in the queue upon resubmission
- In the past customers have been given 30 days to address issues raised in the audit. This was a discretionary practice rather than a requirement and customers will only have five days from now on.
We have streamlined our processes so you may find it doesn’t take as long.
What happens if my WSMP application isn’t processed and approved by 28 February?
We plan to process all the WSMP applications we receive. However the sooner applications are received the more likely we are to complete them by 28 February.
Incomplete applications or applications received after 31 October are less likely to be accepted into WSMP.
Together with WorkSafe NZ, our goal is to help keep New Zealanders safe and healthy at work. We intend to drive improvements in workplace health and safety by designing solutions that encourage New Zealand businesses to invest in the value of their staff and avoid the unnecessary costs associated with workplace injury.
What will replace these products?
We want to collaborate with businesses to co-design a range of tailored and flexible options like targeted incentives and injury prevention initiatives that deliver long-term benefits for our customers and contribute to the financial stability of the Scheme.
We also want to improve our Experience Rating (ER) system to drive better health and safety results, and lift poor claims performance. You can read more about this in our proposal documents (external website).
How can I provide input on the new approach?
The 2017-2019 levy consultation will be running from 21 September 2016 to 19 October 2016. It’s an opportunity for you to have your say on what you’d like us to consider in our new approach. Head to the Shape your ACC website and join in the conversation.
We also plan on consulting with our customers in the coming months as we design and test more effective interventions. We want to listen to what customers have to say about what works and what doesn’t from their point of view, with the ambition of coming up with solutions that’ll drive meaningful reductions in workplace injuries.
We’ll approach businesses in 2017 about participating in pilot programmes. WSMP participants will be offered an opportunity to participate. Following the pilot, we’ll roll out the product nationally.
Reviewed: 16 September 2016