Welcome to the November 2019 edition of the Bedrock Solutions’ newsletter. In this edition, we look at the HASANZ-ACC Subsidy, Mates in Construction Initiative and give an overview of B-Compliant. As always if you have any questions about any of the information in the newsletter or about your health and safety obligations, in general, please be in touch.

ACC Workplace Injury Prevention Subsidy

ACC and HASANZ (Health and Safety Association of New Zealand) have created a health and safety advice subsidy called the Workplace Injury Prevention Subsidy to engage a HASANZ Registered advisor to develop or help implement a health and safety action plan or improvement activity. ACC may pay 50% of the cost of the advice ¬- up to $500 for companies with 6-50 employees and up to $1,300 for companies with 51-99 employees in the manufacturing sector.

Who is HASANZ?
HASANZ is a not-for-profit organisation, a representative body for workplace health and safety professions in New Zealand. Their role is to set and lift the professional standards of workplace health and safety practitioners, improving the access to quality advice for business.

What is the HASANZ Register?
The HASANZ Register is a national, online register of verified workplace health and safety professionals. It is a one-stop-shop for businesses to find reliable, quality health and safety advice and services across all sectors. To join the HASANZ register, H&S practitioners must meet stringent registration standards and criteria.

What can the subsidy be used for?
The types of services the subsidy can be used for are:
  1. Developing an Action Plan— The plan should respond to the question: what are we going to do to have better health and safety in this workplace? An action plan is a documented list of objectives, activities, tasks, timelines, responsibilities and other information that outlines how an H&S gap will be addressed or the overall H&S of a workplace improved.
  2. Improvement activity— it should respond to the question: what has the health and safety consultant helped us to implement to improve the health and safety of our workplace? An improvement activity is the actions and/or tasks that have been implemented to address a gap or improve the overall health and safety of a workplace.
If you are interested:
  1. To apply, download and complete the application form acc.co.nz/assets/business/Application-for-health-and-safety-advisory-service-subsidy-v2.pdf and email it to ACC [email protected]
  2. ACC will confirm your eligibility
  3. Once your eligibility is confirmed, engage Bedrock Solutions’ Sarita McLean who is a HASANZ Registered Health and Safety Practitioner (register.hasanz.org.nz/profiles/mclean-sarita/
  4. Health and safety action plan or improvement activity completed by Sarita McLean
  5. Bedrock Solutions will send you a copy of the report and invoice
  6. Forward the receipt and a copy of the Action Plan and/or the Improvement Activity report to ACC
  7. ACC will transfer their contribution to your nominated bank account

Mates in Construction Initiative

For our clients in the construction sector, the “MATES in Construction” initiative launched last month, aims to provide skills that would help workers start talking with someone that was 'doing it tough', help them recognise the signs of someone who was struggling and to do something about it and establish worker support for mates in the workplace.
Where to find help and support:
  • Need to Talk? - Call or text 1737
  • Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
  • Youthline - 0800 376 633, text 234, email [email protected] or online chat
  • Samaritans - 0800 726 666
  • Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

An Overview of B-Compliant

B-Compliant is a cloud-based process management tool to assist businesses to integrate their operational management systems. It is based on a quality continual improvement cycle of Plan-Do-Check-Act giving a pathway to continual improvements.

B-Compliant is made up of three key components combining technology with health and safety

  1. B-Compliant Administration (Data Entry)
    Operational activities are scheduled, completed and evidence uploaded.
  2. B-Compliant Report Engine (Data Submission)
    Data entered and files uploaded, in (1) above are collated and retrieved in user-friendly readable reports. An exciting new feature (Email Report Blaster) allows data and files to be submitted for tendering, audit verification, site-specific safety plans, contractor management, staff inductions, etc.. within minutes. The time savings are immense! One client sent an email with 1600 uploaded files - this took 3 minutes. The uploaded files are embedded in a PDF document (taking advantage of the cloud-based technology).
  3. B-Compliant Smart Forms (Data Requests)
    Where information is required for verification purposes, smart forms can be used. Applications of the smart forms are vast. Some examples include induction quizzes, job safety analysis, pre-start checks and contractor review.
If you are interested in an obligation-free B-Compliant demonstration, book here or give us a call. We guarantee our pricing is by far the most competitively priced in New Zealand for the services offered as a part of your subscription.

Measuring performance by the numbers of injuries you have is like measuring parenting by the number of smacks you give. – Dr. Robert Long