H&S basics

H&S basics courier driver with parcel
Off-the-shelf H&S packages are available in the market, with checklists, forms, policies and procedures. But our experience is that the “package” is too much for many businesses to get to grips with and so it stays on the shelf.

They are often generic and not particularly relevant to your business. They also tend to encourage a “tick box” mentality and add no real value to the challenge of improving New Zealand’s health and safety record.

We want to be part of the solution. That’s why, rather than give you an off-the-shelf package, we’ll sit down with you and help you to identify the hazards and risks in your business, building a hazard register that includes a risk assessment and appropriate controls. This will help you to meet your very basic requirement – to understand the hazards and risks involved in your business.

If you don’t have the controls in place to manage the risks of harm, we can help to develop and implement the controls, and embed them into your business processes. This is critical, and why the packages themselves don’t work. The opportunity here is to work smarter, build stronger engagement with your team, and generally become more productive and profitable.

The next level of sophistication is a hazard and incident reporting process, to ensure you are promptly addressing any new hazards or refining your controls to make them work better.

Some businesses have complex supply chains, and need to understand whether their contracted workers are competent to work safely. Others need to ensure they are complying with their “upstream PCBU” responsibilities, making sure their products or designs are without risk to the health and safety of everyone who will be impacted by them in the workplace.

What’s in it for you?

We know that businesses are busy and paperwork is burdensome. We can show you how introducing simple steps into your business will:

  • help reduce the risk of someone being hurt or your equipment significantly damaged
  • give you a competitive advantage because you can demonstrate to hiring clients that you have assessed your safety risks and have the right controls in place to manage them; and
  • provide assurance that your business is complying with the health and safety legislation and regulations.

To add real value, we will spend time in your business so we understand how you work and how best to embed health and safety into your business. We’ll go at your speed to help you build something that is fit for purpose, having regard for your budget.

The new legislation gives you an opportunity to play a part in changing the way people in New Zealand think about health and safety. It’s not just good for your business, it’s the right thing to do.

Call us on 0800 44 00 70 to discuss how we can help your business.