The State of Workplace Health and Safety in New Zealand - June 2011
Increased Response to Government Activity
Response to Department of Labour Activity/ Department Enforcement & Engagement Activity/ Accessing Government Information
Various measures drawn from Department of Labour administrative data.
The Department released its Enforcement Policy in 2009, setting out the focus of its enforcement, namely i.e. poorer performing workplaces and more serious health and safety breaches. The Department is currently in the process of matching its systems to this focus, which is likely to be reflected in the next State of Workplace Health and Safety report.
Participation in ACC Incentive Programmes/ Accessing Government Information/ Government Leading by Example
Measures drawn from ACC administrative data.
The Partnership Programme is more suitable for businesses with higher numbers of employees. Despite the small number of contracts in place, as at April 2010 it covered approximately 15% (~324,000) of FTEs. The Workplace Safety Management Programme (WSMP) incentive scheme has been increasing, through increased participation and some movement from the Partnership Programme. The WSMP provides a levy discount incentive for improved safety, catering for the businesses where self-management of ACC entitlements may not be cost effective for them. The Workplace Safety Discount (WSD) scheme is aimed at small businesses in the priority sectors only. It is relatively new and participation is increasing.