It's all A-OK with the SSSP

17 Mar 2020

SSSP workshop

Site Safe's Mark Walklin goes over the changes in the SSSP and which forms work with what firms at one of the Wellington workshops.


Workshops explaining the revamped Site-Specific Safety Plans were held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March to explain the whys and wherefores of how to use the updated forms.

Site Safe product developer Mark Walklin took the popular workshops and answered questions about the safety plan packages which were redesigned after consultation with industry and released in three separate versions to replace the one-size-fits-all document there use to be.

A major part of the road show was explaining what each of the three types of the SSSP was for and when each should be used.

These are now:

  • Whero (red):  Mainly for the smaller PCBU, (main contractor or contractor) for example, a residential builder, working under their own control.
  • Kākāriki (green): For small to medium sized operators directly contracted to, and under the direct control of the main contractor.  For example, a labour-only contractor who will be effectively treated as an employee.
  • Kōwhai (yellow): Mainly for contractors with their own health and safety management systems who are expected to provide a detailed SSSP to the main contractor.

 [The three different types are available to download and use for free from here. Each variety of SSSP also has a plain-language guide that explains the various forms in the pack and includes tips to create a safe work environment.]

 Mark says there was a common theme to the questions he got at the workshops so we’ve gathered those together along with his responses to them.

Do we have to use one of these forms?

  • No.  Site Safe is providing these restructured tools because the old one-size-fits-all approach had become out of step with the industry. Ultimately it will be the Main Contractors who decide what sort of SSSP they expect from subcontractors.

If we prefer the old-style SSSP, will we still be able to use it?

  • As noted in question 1, the Main Contractor will be the biggest influence in terms of what documentation is acceptable.
  • If you are the Main Contractor and prefer the old SSSP tool, that  it is your choice whether to continue to use it or not. 
  • However the old SSSP tool will be removed from our website soon so those who want to use it should save it to their computer.

Why not just have all the forms in one booklet again and save all the picking  and choosing that the new process requires.

  • Experience has shown that putting all forms in a single document was confusing, wasteful and unhelpful.
  • A main problem was that new users didn’t know if they were supposed to fill in some of the forms or every form, whether it was relevant to them or the job.
  • The one-size booklets were big and the number of pages could be daunting.

 It is a legal requirement to record injury incidents but an injury register is not a standard part of either the green or the yellow SSSP. Why is that?

  • This was done to keep the packs to a minimum standard size. Any forms that may only be used occasionally are kept on the Site Safe website library and can be downloaded if they are needed.  The injury register can be found here.

For more information contact Mark Walklin via email here.


Mark Walklin