New Zealand’s adventure activity sector is world-renowned and is an important contributor to our economy and our national identity.
It is imperative that New Zealanders, visitors and the adventure activities sector can be assured that all operators have sound safety practices.
The Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure and Activities) Regulations (2011) established a safety audit and registration process that is a
key part of providing that assurance. The regulations aim to enhance professionalism and ensure consistent good practice across the sector.
Click here to read the guide from the Worksafe Website
A Safety Management Plan is the written version of your safety systems. Its value is primarily determined by the amount of collective thinking
that drives its content and the degree it is followed by everyone in your team. To be effective, it must be constantly reviewed and adjusted
to reflect learnings from your own operation and the wider industry. A well considered and effective plan provides a key opportunity to reinforce
your own commitment to safety.
Your plan needs to reflect industry good practice for running your activity.
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Although most of the content on the Worksafe website is focused on helping you to develop your plan, it is crucial to recognise that for your plan
to be effective it must be supported by a positive safety culture.
A Positive Safety Culture
A positive safety culture is the principle on which all other safety aspects are founded. Driven and sustained by committed leaders, it is characterised
by full buy-in to your systems and procedures, with every individual taking personal responsibility for the welfare of their visitors, other
team members and themselves.
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Writing Your plan
The ultimate purpose of your safety management system is to help avoid loss, injury or death. The process used to write
your safety management plan (SMP) and safe operating procedures (SOPs), and how effectively you involve your team will make a huge difference
to how well it achieves this goal.
Templates and Checklists from Work Safe can can be found here
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