Health and safety management
Find out about property and vehicle related health and safety management.
Roles and responsibilities
Health and Safety is everyone’s responsibility.
The Health and Safety at Work Act introduced a new approach to workplace health and safety by adopting broad coverage and involving all types of modern business and working relationships.
The Act requires Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) such as the Ministry of Education, Boards of Trustees, Contractors and Consultants, to consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with other PCBUs who share health and safety duties on the same matter.
Consulting with PCBUs Factsheet [PDF, 363 KB] Multiple PCBU’s - Upstreaming Businesses — YouTube (external link) Overlapping Duties under the HSWA — YouTube (external link) Health and safety management
Find health and safety guidance specific to school property, traffic and school transport.
Managing contractors Property projects: Managing contractor health and safety Role of the board during a school property project Role of the project manager during property projects Construction phase Police vetting for school property contractors Keeping safe on a construction site — YouTube (external link) Worker participation: If it doesn’t look right call it — YouTube (external link) Health and Safety Charter Critical risk activities Planning entry and working safely in a confined space — WorkSafe website (external link) Managing asbestos in schools Electical equipment testing in schools Electrical work in schools Particular hazardous work (Notifiable works) — WorkSafe website (external link) Urgent work Urgent health and safety work Hazardous materials and substances Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) treated timber in schools Glass installed in schools Hazardous substances on school sites Lead-based paint Managing your lab's hazardous substances — WorkSafe website (external link) PCBs in light fittings Poisonous plants Facilities and fixtures Boilers for school heating Cellphone towers on school sites Lifts in schools Fencing at schools Joinery and hardware installed in schools Septic tanks on school sites Swimming pools at schools Drinking water Backflow prevention Drinking water quality Weathertightness Weathertightness remediation Fire Fire safety design requirements (including developing evacuation procedures) Fire safety for school sleepovers Fireworks and pyrotechnics at schools 'Specified systems and features' Building warrants of fitness for school facilities Vehicles Traffic management Accidents and incidents on school transport School transport - Safety and behaviour Comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act
To help your school comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act, you can review your health and safety system against the 11 key components of an effective health and safety system.
Health and safety system for schools and ECE services Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 — NZ Legislation website (external link)
The following guide is a supplementary resource to support people involved in governance and leadership at schools/kura to develop a clear understanding of what the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 means for them.
Health and Safety Practical Guide for Boards of Trustees and School Leaders
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