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Enhance your workplace safety


10 Oct 2007

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The motor trades sector currently has a high work-related injury rate. It would be great to get this rate down. Now there’s a financial incentive to do exactly that.

It’s called a Workplace Safety Discount, and here’s how it works. ACC Workplace Safety Discounts offer you the opportunity to apply for discounted ACC levies if:

  • you’re self-employed, or
  • you’re a small business owner, and you have ten or fewer full-time staff, or your annual payroll is $380,000 or less, and
  • you’re involved in a specified occupation within one of the target industries, motor trades is one.

A full list of who’s eligible is available on the ACC website, at www.acc.co.nz/wsd

 

Qualifying for the discount

To qualify for the discount, you’ll need to show you have relevant health and safety capability, which generally means taking a short safety training course. This is free-of-charge, and focuses on safety requirements specific to motor trades. You must also successfully complete a self-assessment booklet, aimed at identifying your capabilities in things like:

  • hazard management
  • incident investigation
  • staff training in safe work practices
  • emergency readiness.

 

How the discount works

Once you’ve met the qualifying criteria, you’ll receive a 10% discount on the work component of your ACC levies. The discount will apply to the whole tax year’s levy, no matter when during the year your application is accepted. And provided you complete an annual declaration, confirming that you’ve maintained the required safety standards, the discount will be valid for three years, depending on the level of your income - which determines the amount of your ACC levies - you could qualify for a significant annual saving.

 

Other benefits

Being part of Workplace Safety Discounts may deliver you other benefits, too. For instance, it could improve your chances of getting work from organisations that require a documented health and safety system. It may also help you meet your obligations under the Health and Safety in Employment Act. Most importantly, though, it could help save a life – either yours, or one of your workers. And you can’t put any price on that!

 

How to enrol for training

The approved training course for motor trades is AutoSafe, provided by the Motor Trades Association. This half-day workshop shows you how to implement a health and safety system in motor trades.

To enrol contact Motor Trade Association on 04 381 8848,
visit www.mta.org.nz,
or email natalie.price@motor-trade.co.nz

 

How to apply

Application forms for Workplace Safety Discounts are available:

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