Surf Life Saving New Zealand has the health and safety of its
members as a core priority. To assist clubs with understanding and
fulfilling their responsibilities, SLSNZ is providing some
information and documents for clubs to use if they need to for
managing their Health & Safety. Most of the components of a
Health & Safety system are already in place in clubs, so it is
mainly a matter of linking the pieces together via an umbrella
strategy and using the information available to manage risks &
incidents. The table below shows the four core components of a
simple Health & Safety system and the key elements that
contribute to them.
||An overall Strategy for managing Health and Safety
- Health and Safety Manual,
||Hazard Management - proactively preventing incidents
- Hazard Register.
- Job Safety Analysis sheet
(to assess new tasks for hazards).
- Hazard Notification
- RAMS form.
- Dailt Threat Analysis
||Incident Management - recording what has happened to learn from
- Incident Reports enterted
- Review of H&S and
incidents at regular Club Committee meetings.
||Giving people the skills they need
- Surf Lifeguard Award &
- Induction H&S
Available to download is
Health and Safety Manual Template - which is an example of a Health and
Safety Manual, based on documents developed within NZ and contents
from the Australian 'Guidelines for Safer Surf Clubs' manual. It
contains a number of appendices that clubs can 'pick and choose'
what is relevant for them. SLSNZ has adopted something similar as
its own Health & Safety Manual for its employees.
This Manual is a 'living document' and will be regularly
updated. Legislative changes from the final wording of the Health
and Safety Reform Bill will be incorporated when this comes
out. Feedback on this document is welcomed so please send us
suggestions for other useful information to include.
Health and Safety Reform Act (2015 or 2016)
As most people are aware, there are changes coming to the Health
and Safety area. There are a number of useful documents
outlining the changes from organisations such as Sport NZ,
Institute of Directors and Worksafe NZ. Clubs are encouraged
to look at this information - some of which is incorporated into
Health and Safety Manual Template.
A few useful points to note:
- For clubs that have any paid staff today (even part time), most
of the obligations under the new legislation will simply replicate
what already applies under the current legislation - see Appendix
12 in the Template for a quick guide. As such clubs with
employees today need to be thinking about checking their current
compliance as much as looking ahead to 2016 for the new
- There are also obligations under the current Health &
Safety in Employment Act to participants and bystanders as sports
events (see pages 3-4 of the Template).
- One of the big questions people are asking is will surf life
saving clubs be considered PCBU's and will the new legislation
apply to them? While it's not yet 100% clear how the final
drafting will look and be interpreted in NZ, when this same
legislation was implemented in Australia, Surf Life Saving clubs
were specifically used as examples of volunteer organisations that
would be captured
as PCBU's - regardless of whether they had paid staff or not.
The principle being that volunteers should be treated to the same
standards as employees - which from a moral perspective is hard to
criticise. As such, it would be worthwhile for clubs to work
on the basis that they will be covered by the legislation………..i.e.
that all volunteers are owed the same standard of care as a paid
staff member. The Template works on this basis.
There may be some wriggle room in NZ that doesn't exist in
Australia - as there has been some lobbying on that point and on
whether the new penalties will apply to volunteer directors, but
right now it's better to be safe than sorry in terms of planning to
ensure volunteers are part of any H&S systems the club
- At this stage it appears the new legislation will come into
effect in March/ April 2016, so most if not all of the 2015/16
season will be operating under the old legislation. This is
the perfect opportunity for clubs to ensure they have things up to
the necessary standard for the 2015/16 season so that when the new
legislation comes into effect they are already fully