There has been some word that clubs have been approached by various health and safety providers making claims that clubs must undertake health and safety audits in order to be compliant.  The clubs we have spoken to have been told that if they fail to sign up for the companies audit they are in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act and will be liable for large fines.

There is no requirement for clubs to engage external health and safety companies and no requirement to complete independent audits on your health and safety programme.  The ACC used to run a discount scheme which businesses could apply for by completing a self-assessment, however this is now closed and can no longer be applied for.

As covered in the Clubs New Zealand resource "Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 - Monitor, Review and Improve" you need to continually review your health and safety procedures and records to ensure they address any workplaces changes.  This process should be completed internally as no one knows your business better than you and your staff.

Clubs may decided that it is their best interests to contract an external health and safety provider, however, as always we recommend you perform due diligence to ensure that you are receiving what you need at a fair price, bearing in mind that you cannot contract out you responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act and if anything were to go wrong you are liable.

A full package of Health and Safety resources for clubs is available in the Clubs New Zealand Resource Room, you can also find more information on the Health and Safety at Work Act by visiting www.worksafe.govt.nz