Helpful pointers for smaller enterprises starting with minimal assistance.
The first stop here is WorkSafe New Zealand. Their helpful team will provide a site meeting to help you out of a jam.
The New Zealand Safety System closely follows that of Australia, so work undertaken by the various states' WorkSafe can be extremely useful. Please note the terminology may differ and legal requirements stated there do not necessarily reflect those Statutes embedded in New Zealand Law. For generic templates and SOPs (SWP in Tasmania) I recommend visiting as well as their Safe Work Procedures.
A surprising number of Management Systems are check box only. A smaller company will not have the resources of a H&S adviser or manager so while the system sits on file, there is little effort to ensure carry-over to the workplace.
CSS is concerned with ensuring the company is safe. Our systems are tools used to integrate safe work practices, that means minimal expenditure on the paper - maximum assistance with someone on the ground.
The regulator has worked minimum numbers of employees to qualified safety representatives in high risk environments. The level of surety provided helps with a balanced cash flow. This positive outcome can only be realised by smaller companies if they are taking on casual workers, training up someone from another role to cope or contracting a professional on an hourly, weekly or monthly basis.
CSafety will be there to help see safety.