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Review of risk management and safety in the adventure and outdoor commercial sectors in New Zealand 2009/10

Review of risk management and safety in the adventure and outdoor commercial sectors in New Zealand 2009/10

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This report by the Department of Labour was sparked by concerns about a number of serious incidents in the adventure and outdoor commercial sector in New Zealand
This report by the Department of Labour was sparked by concerns about a number of serious incidents in the adventure and outdoor commercial sector in New Zealand

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOURHEALTH & SAFETY
Review of risk managementand safety in the adventureand outdoor commercialsectors in New Zealand 2009/10
FINAL REPORT
June 2010
 
 
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 Disclaimer:
The Department of Labour has made every effort to ensure that theinformation contained in this report is reliable, but makes no guarantee of itsaccuracy or completeness and does not accept liability for any errors. Theinformation and opinions contained in this report are not intended to be used as abasis for commercial decisions, and the Department accepts no liability for anydecisions made in reliance on them. The Department may change, add to, deletefrom or otherwise amend the contents of this report at any time without notice.The material contained in this report is subject to Crown copyright protection unlessotherwise indicated. The Crown copyright protected material may be reproduced freeof charge in any format or media without requiring specific permission. This issubject to the material being reproduced accurately and not being used in aderogatory manner or in a misleading context. Where the material is being publishedor issued to others, the source and copyright status should be acknowledged. Thepermission to reproduce Crown copyright protected material does not extend to anymaterial in this report that is identified as being the copyright of a third party.Authorisation to reproduce such material should be obtained from the copyrightholders.ISBN 978-0-478-36099-8August 2010
© Crown copyright 2010
Department of LabourPO Box 3705WellingtonNew Zealandwww.dol.govt.nz
 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Executive summary...................................................................................6
 
II. Recommendations to the Minister of Labour...........................................9
 
Addressing assurance gaps..........................................................................9
 
Addressing information gaps......................................................................10
 
Further worthwhile initiatives.....................................................................10
 
General...................................................................................................11
 
III. Introduction........................................................................................12
 
Background to the review.............................................................................12
 
Purpose of the review..................................................................................12
 
The sector..................................................................................................12
 
The international context..............................................................................13
 
What adventure tourists want.......................................................................14
 
Methodology...............................................................................................14
 
Table 1: List of activities covered by the review............................................14
 
IV. Key findings..........................................................................................16
 
a. The nature of the sector involves inherent risk............................................16
 
b. Different activities have widely varying risks...............................................16
 
c. There are information problems.................................................................17
 
d. Approaches to managing safety are inconsistent..........................................17
 
e. There are perception problems..................................................................18
 
f. There are unidentified gaps.......................................................................18
 
g. There is insufficient assurance...................................................................18
 
h. Relying solely on overarching legislation poses problems..............................18
 
i. Amusement Devices Regulations................................................................19
 
 j. Qualifications and standards......................................................................19
 
k. Safety auditing needs improving................................................................20
 
l. Land managers’ responsibilities..................................................................20
 
m. Risk disclosure.......................................................................................21
 
n. Solutions will need to suit the different characteristics of commercial adventuretourism and outdoor activity businesses.........................................................21
 
V. Priority issues to be addressed..............................................................23
 
a. Overarching issue....................................................................................23
 
b. Whole of system issues............................................................................23
 
c. Issues that apply to one or more jurisdictions..............................................23
 
d. Issues that apply to particular activities......................................................24
 
VI. Initiatives to address the priority issues..............................................25
 
Addressing assurance gaps...........................................................................25
 
a. Introducing a registration scheme...........................................................25
 
b. Establishing a new industry-led entity to strengthen the existing frameworkand safety provisions................................................................................28
 
c. Developing a practice guide for the sector, excluding aviation and certifiedmaritime activities....................................................................................29
 
d. Evaluating voluntary safety auditing schemes (auditing the auditors)..........30
 
e. Developing a register of government-accredited safety auditing schemes forthe sector................................................................................................31
 

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