Health and safety: Free assessment tool

22 October 2020

Every business needs to involve its people in keeping everyone safe and healthy. The free SafePlus online tool can help.

First you create a short survey to learn what your people think works well and where there’s room for improvement. Then you get a report with advice and guidance links tailored to your business.

Shine a light with SafePlus

The best way to keep people safe and healthy at work is to create a culture where everyone looks out for each other. Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, not just the business owner and any managers. This is why worker engagement is a key requirement of health and safety laws.

Ask your people about health and safety, and work together on next steps. Try using the free SafePlus online tool to create a health and safety assessment for your business. It’s a simple way to:

  • involve your people in health and safety matters
  • identify areas you can improve
  • spot any gaps in thinking
  • get guidance on how to take action, together with your workers.

SafePlus online tool

The assessments are:

  • Repeatable, so you can do follow-ups to check progress and identify new or changing priorities. It’s a good idea to do this each year and when something changes in your business, eg new premises or new ways of working.
  • Anonymous and secure, so people feel comfortable about answering honestly.

SafePlus is backed by the government agencies WorkSafe, ACC and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. No one in government can access your information or results.

How to use SafePlus

Start by setting up a profile. This involves a few quick questions so the assessment suits your business, eg location, industry, number of workers.

Next, invite people to take part. These might be your workers, customers or key suppliers. If you work with contractors or freelancers, or share premises with another business, you can invite them to answer too.

Each person will anonymously answer multi-choice questions tailored to their role in your business. The questions will cover three main topics:

  • leadership
  • worker engagement
  • risk management.

You will then get a report with recommendations on what to work on, with links and guidance specific to your situation. You and your people can then plan improvements and take action.

Health and Safety tips for all businesses

Health and safety is all about two-way communication between leaders and workers.

Business owners must:

  • ask for and take into account workers’ views when making decisions that may affect their health and safety
  • explain to workers the result of any health and safety decision in a timely way
  • have clear ways for workers to suggest ideas to improve health and safety.

Workers must have:

  • information about any health and safety matter
  • time to think about it
  • opportunities to freely offer their thoughts on health and safety
  • the ability to contribute to health and safety decisions.

(SOURCE: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, www.business.govt.nz)

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