Adventure Activities - Q&A for Operator’s
Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
Do I have to report accidents? What must be reported and who to?
The registration process does not change your obligations to report accidents under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. The Department of Labour website provides more detail on notifications of serious harm accidents.
Where qualifications exist, are my staff required to hold them?
The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 requires duty holders to ensure staff are appropriately qualified and trained. The Act does not stipulate specific qualifications.
Does being registered mean that I have met my Health and Safety in Employment Act requirements?
No. Registration meets the requirements of the Adventure Activities Regulations, but you have broader obligations to take all practicable steps to ensure the health and safety of your employees and customers. More detail is available on the Department of Labour website.
I need a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) audit for one of my other activities. Will they recognise that I am registered by the Department of Labour for other activities and count that towards my audit?
Each situation will be different and you will need to discuss your particular circumstances with the CAA or MNZ.
I am not required to be registered, but I have an audit from a recognised safety audit provider. Will this cover my local council requirements (currently they come and check my safety plan), and help with my ACC levies?
Each situation will be different and you will need to discuss your particular circumstances with your local council or ACC.
My harbourmaster has checked and signed off my safety plan. Does this count as an audit? Will I be able to use them as my auditor later, and if not, will they recognise my audit from a recognised provider as meeting their requirement?
Audit certificates will only be accepted if they are issued by a recognised safety audit provider. You should discuss with your Harbourmaster what audits will be recognised.