As a business in the healthcare and social assistance sector you know how important it is to have a healthy and safe workplace.
We’re launching a trial to test the value and effectiveness of working together to lower the cost of making a health and safety improvement. If we’ve sent you a link to this page, we’ve selected your business to take part.
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Why we’re doing this trial
Too many New Zealanders continue to be injured or killed at work. That’s why we have a target of reducing serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace by at least 25%, by 2020.
Businesses we’ve talked to told us costs and lack of information can sometimes get in the way of making health and safety improvements.
This trial will help us understand how effective this new approach could be, on a small, controlled scale. Key learnings from the trial will tell us how practical and effective this approach would be across New Zealand.
Helping to pay your aid equipment costs
Aid equipment, such as transfer belts and mobile hoists, can help reduce the risk of injury to your staff when they’re moving and handling people.
We’ll help you to have a healthier and safer workplace by contributing to the cost of aid equipment for your business.
Once you take part in the trial, we’ll formally acknowledge your business’ participation and commitment to improving workplace safety.
We’ll pay 50% of the costs, up to a maximum amount depending on the size of your business.
Business size definition
Our contribution maximum*
$277K - $981K liable earnings
$982K - $2,493K liable earnings
$2,494K - $5,012K liable earnings
*Contribution maximums exclude GST
We have different maximums because larger businesses usually have more employees moving and handling people, so they may need more equipment.
If the cost of the purchased equipment is $1,350, our contribution for each business size would be:
Payment capped at maximum for this business size category
Payment capped at 50% of cost
Payment capped at 50% of cost
*Contributions exclude GST
Types of equipment we can help pay for
You can choose the provider of the aid equipment yourself. The aid equipment you buy must be brand new and have at least one year warranty.
Have a look at the range of equipment we’ll contribute to:
Type of equipment
Description and common use
(handling belt, gait belt, walking belt)
A belt placed around a person’s waist during several types of transfer and for assisted walking for rehabilitation. There are multiple types of belt.
(PAT slide, slide board, banana board)
A full‑body‑length board made from wood or plastic, used to bridge gaps for person transfers from one surface to another, such as from a stretcher or wheelchair to a bed. Smaller transfer boards can also be used for lateral, seated‑to seated transfers.
We’ll confirm your eligibility and send more information within three working days
Then you can go ahead and buy the equipment. All we need from you is an itemised receipt by 11 May 2018
We’ll transfer our contribution to your nominated bank account
We’ll formally acknowledge your business’ participation and commitment to improving workplace safety
To help us measure the success of the trial, we’ll ask your business to complete two surveys.
What we’ve done and learnt so far
With our 2020 target firmly in mind, we’ve been looking at how we can best help our business customers have healthier and safer workplaces. We’ve conducted workshops and interviews with over 300 people around the country to understand their current realities, key needs and how we can do things better.
You can find out more about what we’ve learnt so far: