The 12 questions listed below form the annual SiteWise assessment.
Click on the question which you need help with to gain an understanding of how to achieve in each question and what our assessors are looking for.
Any evidence submitted in your assessment needs to be less than 12 months old.
Question 1 - What health and safety accreditation does your company have?
Question 2 - Do you use a Site Specific Safety Plan (SSSP) as the minimum required for any work you undertake?
The Site Specific Safety Plan (SSSP) is a health and safety communication tool between subcontractors and main contractors and should be completed before starting a construction project. When used correctly, it ensures that relevant site information is regularly updated and safety is monitored.
If you are submitting a SSSP or safety management plan, please upload a comprehensive and recent (within 12 months) example. A completed SSSP or Safety Plan needs to include; an agreement or statement of intent, a hazard/risk register, a completed T/A, SWMS or JSA, a record of training and competencies for workers, an emergency response plan, toolbox talk or pre-start discussion minutes, an inspection checklist, an accident/incident register and if used, a hazardous substances/products register or inventory.
NB: If you do not use a SSSP or Safety Plan due to the nature of the work you carry out (consultants and non-construction contractors) please provide a copy of an up to date and relevant Health & Safety Policy and Procedures or SOP (standard operating procedures) which is appropriate for your business.
To download a free copy of the SSSP, click here.
Question 3 - How often are health and safety meetings or briefings held?
This question requires evidence that toolbox talks or safety meetings are taking place and how frequently. The higher the frequency, the higher the score you will achieve.
In order to verify frequency, we require at least three consecutive examples to be provided, i.e. if you are conducting weekly meetings, we need to see evidence such as minutes taken or diary entries taken from at least three consecutive weeks.
NB: If you do not employ any staff (sole operator) this question can be eliminated and will be marked as not applicable (N/A) by selecting the appropriate option.
For more information on toolbox talks click here.
Question 4 - Do you investigate all incidents and have a process to record incidents including near misses?
Please provide evidence such as completed incident investigation forms for any injuries or near misses that has occurred in the last 12 months.
If no incidents or near misses have been reported or investigated, please provide a copy of your incident register which has been signed off periodically showing no incidents or near misses have occurred during that time frame.
Incident and investigation documents can be found in Site Safe’s SSSP.
Question 5 - How do you manage the safety of any subcontractors you may engage?
If you engage sub-contractors, (other than labour only arrangements) please provide a copy of a SSSP or safety plan that has been completed by a sub-contractor and signed off by both the subcontractors and yourself.
There should also be a completed evaluation form filled in which shows that the SSSP has been reviewed to ensure all relevant information has been included.
NB: If you do not engage subcontractors, please select “We do not engage subcontractors” and this question will be marked as N/A if agreed by assessor..
Contractor evaluation information can be found on the Site Safe’s SSSP.
Question 6 - Are you and your workers trained and competent for all aspects of the work you are/will carry out?
Please provide evidence of your workers’ qualifications and/or training and competencies which may also include years of experience.
Workers should be trained to at least the minimum required by legislation, regulations and/or approved codes of practise, standards and industry best practise. Points can be awarded if you can demonstrate you are working towards attaining certain standards.
Evidence should include all health and safety based training, skills training, trade licences (LBP, Gas fitters, Plumbers etc) trade qualifications, equipment and operator licences and years of experience.
Competency Register documents can be found in Site Safe’s SSSP.
Question 7 - How do you record hazards in your workplace?
Please provide evidence that a systematic process to identify and control hazards is in place. This should include copies of a hazard register or a site hazard identification report which links hazards to a specific scope of works and shows it is regularly updated or checked.
Where a hazard board is used, please upload at least three photos taken on different days to show the board is being checked and updated regularly.
Hazard register documents can be found in Site Safe’s SSSP.
Question 8 - What inspections do you carry out for the work you do?
Please provide evidence that you have a structured approach which allows you to carry out inspections that may be required.
In construction, this evidence should include copies of completed site inspection checklists or safety audits. At least three examples are required in order to verify frequency and follow-up.
Vehicle, equipment, machinery and plant inspections may also be supplied.
NB: If you do not work on or visit worksites, other examples may include vehicle, venue, office or plant and machinery registers showing inspection prior to work commencing or other regular inspections which may be carried out in relation to the work you do.
Self-safety Inspection Checklists can be found in Site Safe’s SSSP.
Question 9 - How do you plan for significantly hazardous and/or critical risk activities?
Please provide evidence that planning is carried out for significantly hazardous work. This would include but not limited to: remote or isolated tasks: atmospheres with the potential for fire or explosion: raised and falling objects: loose material in enclosed spaces: substances hazardous to health and, notifiable works.
Evidence should include a copy of a detailed and comprehensive Task Analysis/JSA/SWMS and include staff signatures showing they have been informed and agree with the process.
NB: If significantly hazardous work is not undertaken by your company, please select the appropriate option and this question will be marked as N/A if agreed by your assessor.
Question 10 - What health monitoring do you carry out for your workers?
Please provide evidence from a registered health professional that health monitoring is carried out for your workers. Health monitoring will only be necessary for workers who are exposed to certain hazardous conditions, materials or substances as a result of the work they do.
In the construction and related industries, this would normally include such things as hearing and lung function testing but could include blood tests for exposure to toxins or pathogens or mole mapping for skin cancer and vision tests.
In order to gain full marks for this question, you need to provide evidence that both pre-employment and annual monitoring are carried out. Names may be blanked out to provide privacy for workers who are monitored.
NB: If your workers are not exposed to hazardous conditions, please select the appropriate option below and this question will be marked as N/A if agreed by assessor.
Question 11 - In relation to potentially hazardous products, materials and substances, do you maintain a hazardous substances/products register or inventory?
Please provide evidence of a register which records all hazardous products, substances or material that is brought to, or used on, any worksite you operate in. A register must show how you manage and control this aspect of you work and needs to be completed before any work starts, and updated as changes occur.
In order to gain full marks for this question you need to provide a comprehensive register complete with Material Safety Data sheets and Safe Work Method Statements.
NB: If you do not use or store hazardous products, substances or materials, please select the appropriate option and this question will be marked as N/A if agreed by your assessor.
Hazardous Products & Substances Register can be found in Site Safe’s SSSP.
Question 12 - Has your company been investigated by WorkSafe NZ within the last five years?
This questions is not assessed, however findings are published on your assessment report.