Health and safety
This is the “boring but necessary” stuff. For the New Zealand public, it’s important to know that their facility and trainer(s) have health and safety central to how their business operates. So what’s the NZ exercise industry doing about it?
Health and safety compliance is right up there with doing your taxes and possibly only slightly below getting a parking ticket, when it comes to how appealing it is to most small businesses. However, at the same time it’s clear that it’s an absolute necessity for both exercise professionals, and facilities in New Zealand and only growing in its importance.
In April this year, new health and safety laws will come into effect and with it, a significant increased liability for both directors, as well as management of facilities. In the case of personal trainers and group exercise/ instructors that are contractors (our research indicates this is around three quarters of all personal trainers in New Zealand),
there are also new liabilities and considerations. Not only do facilities need to consider safety for employees, but also of clients / members and other users of the facilities. The later focus also applies to contracted personal trainers and group exercise instructors.
What’s also clear is that for the variety of small business owners, this is just one of the many legislative / compliance issues that can easily get in the too hard basket and as a result, just gets left. What we do know for certain is that this approach is a disaster waiting to happen and which ultimately would not only be catastrophic for the individual / business concerned, but also for the greater industry.
As a result of this, for the last six months ExerciseNZ has been developing a new health and safety resource for both facilities and independent contractors. It is due to be released this month. The idea behind it is that this goes beyond just identifying what to do, but more importantly provide simple and effective
“how to do it” guides and checklists, as well as sample templates for common activities.
This is an example of ExerciseNZ investing significant resources into an area that affects the entire industry to deliver an outcome that benefits everyone in the industry. Our mantra is “focus on the big things that effects everyone so that the facilities and trainers can focus on their own business” – that’s where we can really add value, which is included as part of REPs registration for exercise professionals.
Facilities who are members of ExerciseNZ will receive their guide within the next two months and exercise professionals registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals will receive an update at the same time, through their complimentary exercise professional associate membership to ExerciseNZ.
For further information, contact the ExerciseNZ team – 0800 66 88 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org