ACC’s Workplace Safety Discount rewards self-employed and small businesses (fewer than 10 employees or annual payroll $578,000 or less). In exchange for putting health and safety systems in place, you may be eligible for a 10% reduction in your work levy.
If you qualify for WSD, it adds to the many business benefits of keeping you and any employees safe.
It is also a great way to position your business as an example of good practice in your market.
We are aligning our products to the Act, which will be effective from 4 April 2016.
Any changes are likely to be minimal and implemented later than the effective date of the new legislation. We will let you know once these have been finalised.
Audit standards and guidelines
In the meantime, there are no changes to the audit standards and guidelines.
We will assess business’ health and safety management practices according to our current audit standards, while acknowledging any changes they have taken to meet the new legislation.
It is important to note that achieving the audit standards does not mean businesses are necessarily compliant with the new Act. We encourage business’ to take appropriate action to meet the new legislation.
To learn more about the new Act and your obligations, visit the WorkSafe New Zealand website or call WorkSafe on 0800 030 040.
You can apply for a Workplace Safety Discount in just three steps.
Your WSD status will run out after three years, so you will need to re-apply to maintain your status. Re-application is just like applying the first time round – follow the above link.
As well as offering you all the financial benefits of a levy reduction, Workplace Safety Discount (WSD) is a great tool for developing and/or strengthening your health and safety systems. WSD:
- provides you with a framework for building successful and sustainable health and safety practices in your workplace
- helps you to reduce the number of accidents and injuries – which is likely to mean more motivated and productive employees, lower absenteeism rates, fewer business disruptions
- demonstrates your commitment to the wellbeing of your customers, employees, suppliers and visitors
- provides official recognition of your health and safety practices
- boosts your reputation both in the business world and as an employer of choice.
Updated: 4 April 2016
Reviewed: 1 March 2016