26 May 2017
Dear Southern Employers
Yesterday at the Safeguard Conference, the Minister for ACC and for Workplace Relations & Safety, the Hon Michael Woodhouse, announced the launch of the Health and Safety Performance Improvement Toolkit (previously known as Safety Star Rating).
The Health and Safety Performance Improvement toolkit shows what ‘good’ health and safety performance looks like in the workplace and checks how well a business is performing against a set of best practice requirements. This approach is behaviour based and it is expected that businesses to use the assessment process to reduce injuries and claim durations which will affect their Experience Rating modifier.
All businesses are different so it’s important the toolkit caters to everyone’s needs. The Toolkit contains three separate products:
Exact dates have not been confirmed but it is expected that the web resources and the onsite assessments will be available around September 2017. The online self-assessment will be available around mid-2018. (I will keep you updated as things progress.)
No, it is not a replacement for WSD and WSMP and does not offer a financial incentive. Businesses will not get a star rating to show what level of health and safety they are at. A new name and visual identity will help avoid confusion over stars and ratings and help manage expectations. Options for the new name and visual identity are being worked on now.
The toolkit was developed by WorkSafe New Zealand, ACC and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), following the results from the pilot findings in January 2017.
If you have any questions from an ACC perspective, please contact Hirata Harris. Please direct all other queries to the programme team at firstname.lastname@example.org