Adventure Activities - Q&A for Operator’s
- Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities
- Q&A for Adventure Activity Operator’s
- Registration: General
- Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
If I have a question, who at the Department of Labour should I call?
Your first point of contact at the Department of Labour is the contact centre on 0800 20 90 20.
Who are considered ‘operators’ under these regulations?
The regulations state that an operator is a person (whether an employer, a principal, or a self-employed person) who provides an adventure activity to a participant.
The Department has produced a guidance document which provides full details on how the Department interprets this.
Who are considered to be recognised safety audit providers?
The Department will be releasing a list of recognised safety auditors in the coming months. The list will appear on the Department’s website.
I already have a Department of Conservation concession with an externally audited safety plan. Do I still need to notify the Department of Labour?
Yes. Regulation 8 requires that all adventure activity operators, as defined by the regulations, notify the Department of Labour. Notifying the Department of Labour is an opportunity to provide evidence of your audited safety plan, which may mean that you will not need to obtain a further safety audit until the term of your existing safety audit has expired.
I’m already audited; do I need to notify the Department of Labour?
Yes. Everyone who provides an adventure activity must notify the Department. If you have already completed a safety audit, please provide a copy of your safety audit certificate, or other evidence that you have passed a safety audit, when you notify. Providing evidence that you have already passed a safety audit may mean that you do not need to obtain a further safety audit until the term of your existing safety audit has expired.