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The tougher line on compliance means you must get your paperwork in order

Being compliant with the regulations laws and processes involved in running a business can be demanding. Here are four people who can help. You can find others through Google or your various professional associations.

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Chris Lambie A.A.S Acceler8 Automotive Solutions crlambie2@gmail.com 027 442 0899

Christchurch-based Chris is offering her skills to Canterbury, South Canterbury and West Coast MTA members keen to improve their productivity and profits. (Other regions by appointment.)

“With 30 years behind me in this sector, I’m able to suggest, and help put in place, a range of techniques and technology that can help a business become more efficient.” She can also run an independent and thorough eye over the QMS of workshops carrying out WoF inspections. “A regular audit is advisable for anyone who is not sure if they have everything up to date. NZTA is taking a tighter line on compliance and the paperwork that shows inspectors are carrying out their tasks thoroughly and correctly.”

Chris is also offering a health and safety service to bring sites up to scratch with their processes and compliance. “This includes helping get the paperwork straight and auditing the health and safety systems already in place.”

Felicity Wilson

Felicity Wilson Business Systems Sorted! bssorted@gmail.com - 022 151 1243

With almost 30 years’ experience with MTA members, Felicity has found that many small businesses struggle to find the time to sort out their paperwork

“I’ve set up a service that specialises in de-cluttering offices – sorting out the filing, getting rid of outdated paperwork, filling out the employment contracts, updating the health and safety manual and so on.” Felicity is also able to write out the policies and procedures needed for the health and safety regime and check the vehicle inspecting QMS is up to date. “Basically, I can help a business catch up on its paperwork and save them time and money.”

If needed, Felicity can even pass on a few handy tips for Excel and Word.

Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley MGB Compliance mgbcompliance@outlook.com 027 224 3755

Michael is based in Palmerston North and concentrates on helping businesses in the lower North Island set up, maintain and audit their health and safety processes and procedures. “If a business isn’t too sure if their procedures are up to date, I can go in, have a look at their documentation and check the workshop to make sure their equipment, chemicals and solvents are safe and properly stored. I then put together a complete health and safety manual for them, with all the correct processes set out.” Michael also meets with the owner and manager to go through the final manual and takes staff through the procedures as a bit of a refresher. “It can take a day or two spread over a month to complete the manual and training,” he says.

Michael also provides general health and safety courses for other businesses, and for service stations he has a programme for staff on how to safely manage and use hazardous substances.

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Andrea Andrew National WoF consultant andrea@wofconsultant.co.nz 021 277 7228

Long-time MTA member and Chair of the Kaimai Region, Andrea Andrew provides a national WoF consultancy service. She carries out on-site visits to workshops in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay. She also provides full VI and IO Performance Assessments nationally. Inspecting organisations and vehicle inspectors are required to go through an annual performance assessment using the forms provided by NZTA. “Following the investigation into NZTA’s compliance regime, it’s obvious that there will be much more scrutiny on WoF and vehicle certification processes and standards. There won’t be any room for complacency about the QMS paperwork. When an NZTA compliance officer next visits your workshop, you can be certain that they’ll be extremely thorough.” She urges businesses to make sure their QMS (previously known as PRS) manuals and inspection procedures are up to date.