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The Proposed Safety Star Rating Initiative (SSR)
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The Proposed Safety Star Rating Initiative (SSR)

SSR is a proposed injury prevention initiative to help lift the performance of workplace health and safety in New Zealand businesses. It checks how well a business is performing against good practice health and safety requirements and provides tailored advice and guidance on how to improve. The initiative is being developed by WorkSafe New Zealand, ACC and the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment.


Key details

  • Health and safety business improvement tool
  • Behavioural assessment of health and safety in practice
  • Provides tailored guidance and recommendations
  • Designed and tested for medium-large NZ businesses (who currently make up 68% of severe injury claims)
  • Two-part assessment process
  • Voluntary initiative


Key dates

November 2015 – June 2016: Pilot

Now underway: Considering options for how the tool could be used in the market and completing the design refinement necessary from the Pilot learnings.

Next steps: The Minister for ACC and Workplace Relations and Safety and the ACC and WorkSafe boards will decide on the next steps.



The proposed initiative is made up of good practice health and safety requirements focussed on leadership, worker engagement, risk management and continual improvement. These requirements have been developed with industry from internationally accepted good health and safety practice.

[image] SSR Performance and Approach.

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How it works

SSR has a two part assessment process

  • Online Self-assessment
  • Independent onsite assessment.

The onsite assessment is undertaken by independent assessors who use interviews and observations to trace at least 3 key health and safety risks through the business - from senior management through to workers and contractors. Businesses receive tailored guidance and advice on how to improve health and safety performance.

[image] SSR Asssessment Process.

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More information

Contact the SSR Initiative Programme team:

Last updated 25 January 2017


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.