Manufacturing - health and safety advisory services subsidy
If you’re a small to medium sized business in the manufacturing sector, you might be eligible for a workplace injury prevention subsidy to help pay for a health and safety advisory service from a HASANZ-registered advisor.
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Collaborating with HASANZ to give your business a hand
In collaboration with the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ), we've designed a subsidy to help small and medium-sized businesses have better access to health and safety (H&S) advisory services. Specifically, the subsidy aims to improve workplace H&S performance in the manufacturing sector.
Through the HASANZ Register, you can search for a professional H&S adviser to help you create an action plan or implement an improvement activity that will be covered by this subsidy. The HASANZ Register is a national online register of verified workplace H&S professionals and a one-stop-shop for businesses to find reliable, quality H&S advice and services.
If you're interested in learning more about how a subsidy could improve health and safety in your business, visit the ACC Subsidies for H&S Advice page on the HASANZ website.
How to get started
To understand the H&S needs of your business, a good place to start is with an H&S assessment. You make like to complete an online SafePlus assessment before you engage with an H&S adviser from HASANZ. Or you can ask your H&S adviser to complete this for you.
SafePlus is a free, online self-assessment tool, that aims to support H&S improvements for small and medium-sized businesses. Benefits include:
- WorkSafe endorsed
- a simple way to get feedback from people in all parts of your business
- provides guidance on the H&S improvement priorities identified by the assessment.
The intent of this subsidy is to drive action through an action plan or a specific improvement activity. The subsidy doesn't cover the cost of an H&S audit or assessment alone.
Finding a suitable HASANZ-registered adviser
Finding a HASANZ-registered adviser has never been easier. You can search the HASANZ Register in two ways:
- Entering a keyword, eg asbestos. The search will return a list of professionals who provide services or have training in subjects relating to the word you search. This is a good starting point for any business and can be especially helpful if you’re unsure where to start.
- Advanced search, ie selecting from a menu the specific service or concern you’re enquiring about.
We recommend you use the advanced search if you already know what specific services you need. You can also use this to refine your previous search, by business size, location, and industry.
The HASANZ Register search will provide a list of professionals who can provide the required skills and professional services, including a short profile for each. You can filter results by business size, location and industry. Clicking on the short profile of a person will give you their full profile, credentials, skills and capabilities.
The Register is not a replacement for businesses undertaking their own due diligence. Businesses must still check that the person they wish to engage is right for them.
H&S advisory services we'll contribute to
The workplace injury prevention subsidy for H&S advisory services can help pay for an H&S action plan or improvement activity, undertaken or signed off by a HASANZ-registered adviser. The action plan or improvement activity must be in the areas of
- worker engagement
- risk management.
For more information, have a look at the types of H&S advisory services we’ll contribute to:
|Types of services||Description|
The plan should respond to the question: What are we going to do to have better health and safety in this workplace?
An action plan is a documented list of objectives, activities, tasks, timelines, responsibilities and other information that outlines how you’ll address an H&S gap or improve the overall H&S of a workplace.
An improvement activity should respond to the question: What has the health and safety consultant helped us to put in place to improve the health and safety of our workplace?
An improvement activity is the actions and/or tasks that have been implemented to address a gap or improve the overall health and safety of a workplace.
We'll pay 50% of the cost of an advisory service from a HASANZ-registered H&S advisor up to a maximum amount, depending on the size of your business.
|Business size (employees)||Business size definition||Our maximum contribution*|
|Small to Small/Medium (around 6 to 49 employees)||$373k - $3,050k liable earnings||$500|
|Medium (around 50 to 99 employees)||$3,051k - $6,162k liable earnings||$1,300|
*Maximum contribution excludes GST
The maximum contribution varies according to the size of the business, eg an H&S advisor is likely to spend more time providing their advice to a medium-sized business, so the service costs may be more than the cost for a small business.
If the H&S advisory service costs $1,500, our contribution for each business size would be:
|Business size||H&S advisory service cost||Our contribution*||Notes|
Small - Small/Medium
(6 to 49 employees)
|$1,500||$500||Payment capped at maximum for this business size.|
(50 to 99 employees)
|$1,500||$750||Payment capped at 50% of cost.|
* Contribution excludes GST
How to find out if you're eligible
To be eligible for this workplace injury prevention subsidy, your business must be:
- a small to medium-sized business with around 6 to 99 employees
- in the manufacturing industry, (inclusive of all sub-sectors).
Checking if you're eligible is as simple as logging into MyACC for Business. If you're eligible for this subsidy, you'll have the offer displayed on your MyACC for Business overview page.
If you've never used MyACC for Business, find out more about it and how to register.
There are terms and conditions for redeeming this workplace injury prevention subsidy.
How to redeem your subsidy offer
Log in to MyACC for Business to check that you’re eligible and the amount you’re eligible for.
MyACC for Business
Complete a SafePlus assessment to identify your H&S improvement priorities.
This is recommended as a good first step, but it's not a requirement of the subsidy. You may use any assessment tool that you prefer or engage an H&S adviser directly without a prior H&S assessment or audit.
Visit the HASANZ register to find a suitable H&S advisor to engage with.
Go back to MyACC for Business and upload an itemised receipt for the services you engaged the H&S adviser for. If you don't have a receipt, include:
an invoice showing the item(s) and a screenshot of your bank or credit card statement showing the transaction
- a copy of the action plan and/or the improvement activity from your H&S adviser.
If you have provided all the correct information, we’ll transfer our contribution to your nominated bank account.
We’ll formally acknowledge your business' participation and commitment to improving workplace safety.
Note: The information and copies of reports provided to us will only be used for research and continuous improvement purposes. No private or commercially sensitive information will be disclosed to third parties nor used for any other purpose than to improve the subsidy product.
If you're a HASANZ Health and Safety Adviser
If you're a HASANZ Health and Safety Adviser and would like to know more about this subsidy, visit the HASANZ website.
Alternatively, you can contact the HASANZ team via email and they can provide you with more information from a Health and Safety Adviser perspective.