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 Enhance your workplace safety and enjoy lower ACC levies

Running a safe business can help save the lives of you and your workers.

And now, it can help save you some money, too, if you're self-employed or a small business owner involved in the road transport industry.

The road transport sector currently has one of the highest work-related injury rates in New Zealand. It would be great to get this rate down, and now there's a financial incentive to do exactly that. It's called €˜Workplace Safety Discounts', and here's how it works.

Workplace Safety Discounts offer you the opportunity to apply for discounted ACC levies if:

You're self-employed, or

You are a small business owner, and you have 10 or fewer full-time staff, or your annual payroll is less than $450,000, and

You're involved in a specified occupation within one of the target industries, road transport 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 will be free-of-charge, and will focus on safety requirements specific to the road transport industry.

You must also successfully complete a self-assessment booklet, aimed at identifying your work practices 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 year's levy, no matter when you during the year your application is accepted. And provided you complete a yearly declaration, confirming that you've maintained the required safety standards, the discount will be valid for three years.

So, 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 changes 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 drivers. And you can't put any price on that!

Call us for more details. 0800 338 338

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