ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices (WSMP)

ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices

ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices rewards businesses (more suitable for employers with more than 10 employees). In exchange for putting health and safety systems in place you may be eligible for 10-20% reduction in your work levy.

If you qualify for WSMP, it adds to the many business benefits of keeping your employees safe.

It is also a great way to position your business as an example of good practice in your market.

Impact of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

We are aligning our products to the new 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 businesses health and safety management practices according to our current audit standards, while acknowledging any changes you 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 Health & Safety at Work Act. We encourage businesses to take appropriate action to meet the new legislation.

To learn more about the new Health and Safety at Work Act and your obligations, visit the WorkSafe New Zealand website www.worksafe.govt.nz/hswa or call WorkSafe on 0800 030 040.

Apply for Workplace Safety Management Practices

To apply for Workplace Safety Management Practices just follow three steps.

Re-application process

Your WSMP status will run out after 24 months, so you will need to re-apply to maintain (or improve) your status.

Re-application is just like applying the first time round – follow the above link.

Benefits to your business

As well as offering you all the financial benefits of a levy reduction, Workplace Safety Management Practices (WSMP) is a great tool for developing and/or strengthening your health and safety systems.

WSMP:

    • 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, fewer business disruptions, and reductions in the costs of sick pay and hiring temporary replacement staff

    • demonstrates your commitment to the wellbeing of your employees, customers, 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.

Reviewed: 1 March 2016