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Other Sources of Good Practice Information

Good practice information can come from technical experts and from written sources of information. 

More information on good practice can be found on the WorkSafe NZ website - click here

 Technical experts

Technical experts (TE's) are people with a high level of competence in an activity including knowledge of current good practice. A TE will usually hold a current high level qualification in the activity. For activities without qualifications, TE's must be able to provide attestation of their expertise from their peers.

There are specific requirements for TE's who are part of the auditing process for the adventure activity regulations. These rules are contained in the New Zealand Adventure Activities Certification Scheme. To see the scheme click here.

Sources of written good practice information

Written sources of information can be developed by the public or private sector and could be called guidelines, codes of practice,standards or similar.Except where a good practice document is linked to a legal requirement, there is no weighting or hierarchy. When deciding how much to rely on a document check the following:

  • Is it a linked to a regulatory requirement?
  • Is it informed by suitable experts?
  • Is it current?
  • Do the majority of New Zealand operators support the document as representing good practice? 
  • Does it cover all relevant topic areas? (if not ensure you access information for those areas missed)

Note: never rely solely on written information, use technical expert advice to ensure it is interpreted correctly for the context of your operation.

A guide has been developed for audit teams to support them in how they use both written and technical expert good practice information.

  • To view the good practice guide for audit teams click here.

A table showing the sources of written good practice information for various activities has been developed.  This table may be updated from time to time and users should refer back to this website for current information. If you have  suggestions for this table please contact us.

  • To view a table showing sources of written good practice information click here
  • To view the Activity Safety Guidelines click here

MNZ and CAA rules and guidance

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have both developed adventure activity regulatory rules. MNZ has also developed adventure activity guidance documents. These rules and guidance documents are developed in consultation with industry.

MNZ Guidelines

MNZ have developed guidelines for a range of activities and managing the hazards of drugs and alcohol. For more information click here

MNZ Rules

Commercial rafting rule part 81

Commercial jet boating on rivers rule part 82 

CAA Rules

Adventure aviation rule part 115

Independently developed guidance information

Activity groups are encouraged to share safety information. Some activity specific associations and groups have developed guidance material independently of the MNZ, CAA or Activity Safety Guidelines processes. To contact some of these groups go to the 'other resources' section.

The quality of independently developed guidance material may vary and it should be used with discretion, although it is acknowledged that it may be very helpful for providing recommendations for safety management.