Small businesses

Health and safety is vital for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), defined as those with less than 20 employees. Evidence suggests that in any particular industry, SMEs are less safe than larger businesses. SMEs may also find it harder to recover from serious health and safety incidents.

As the business owner, it’s your legal obligation to make health and safety part of the day-to-day running of your business.

Good health and safety practices give you peace of mind and workers are likely to be more productive when they know they can trust that you will listen to their concerns.

It’s up to you and your leadership team, if you have one, to create a positive culture. Establish clear procedures that help your workers to know ‘how we do things around here’.

Get your team actively involved in all aspects of your health and safety plan, including identifying risks, investigating incidents, and taking part in training and ongoing planning

Good leaders clearly communicate health and safety goals so everyone’s in the loop, and lead by example.

Your mouth is one of the best bits of safety gear you’ve got. Speak up if you see something’s not right.

He taonga haumaru tō reo, whakamahia: Your voice is a powerful safety tool, speak up – use it.