The Workplace Safety Management Practices programme, administered by the ACC, will officially end on 31 March 2017. This will be the end of the line for the programme, as it no longer alings with health and safety legislation. The WSMP programme has been running for 15 years in New Zealand. It was one of two incentive programmes offered by ACC to encourage safety in the workplace by offering discounted ASS levies in return for businesses meeting certain health and safety standards.
Kevin Haskins, chief executive of BWARE and ACC auditor for 12 years, said that it is a significant time for health and safety in New Zealand, as the Australia/New Zealand Standard AS 4801 will no longer apply. This means that businesses will have to adapt their health and safety standards in order to fit with the new legislation.