What kiwi tradies can do to ensure they reduce the risks of non-compliance

Compliance is more than a box to tick; it’s a crucial part of ensuring the safety of your workers and the sustainability of your electrical  business. In Aotearoa, this means staying updated with regulations from the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) and the  Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.

Here are four tips when it comes to protecting both your team and business:

1. Digital forms and on-the-go accessibility

Traditional paperwork is time-consuming and prone to errors, and although these may be small mistakes, like incorrect spelling or  numbers, these can be costly and spell in turn spell trouble for your business. By using digital forms accessible via mobile devices,  you can save time, enhance accuracy, and complete forms for job safety analysis (JSA) or safe work method statements (SWMS) on- site, ensuring real-time compliance.

2. Customisation and workflow integration

Each trade business is unique, and your approach to compliance documentation should be, too. Customisable digital forms let you  tailor your compliance needs to your specific operational requirement, whether you’re operating in the North or South Island. Digital solutions often come with features to attach these forms to specific jobs and assign them to team members.

3. Checklists and process optimisation

Using digital checklists for recurring tasks or quality control procedures aids in standardising practices, reducing room for error. These can be monitored remotely, letting managers oversee job progress without micromanaging.

4. Incident logging and health and safety measures

In the unfortunate event of workplace incidents, immediate and accurate logging is crucial for compliance and potential WorkSafe NZ  investigations. Modern software solutions let users log incidents directly into the system, complete with photographs and notes, giving you a comprehensive record should you need to present it for compliance reviews. The stakes are high when it comes to non- compliance, especially in New Zealand where local regulations are stringent. Adopting a proactive, digitalfirst approach protects your  team and business while giving you the peace of mind to focus on what you do best: your trade.



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