Health and safety management
Find out about property and vehicle related health and safety management.
- Roles and responsibilities
- Health and safety management
- Comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act
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 (external link) (YouTube)
- Overlapping Duties under the HSWA (external link) (YouTube)
Find health and safety guidance specific to school property, traffic and school transport.
- Managing contractor health and safety
- Keeping staff and students safe during a project (see: Role of the board during property projects)
- Risk management (see: Role of the project manager during property projects)
- Construction phase
- Police vetting for contractors
- Keeping Safe on a Construction Site (external link) (YouTube)
- Worker participation – if it doesn’t look right call it (external link) (YouTube)
- Health and safety charter
Critical risk activities
- Confined spaces: Planning entry and working safely in a confined space (external link) (WorkSafe NZ website)
- Asbestos management
- Electical equipment testing in schools
- Electrical work in schools
- Particular hazardous work (external link) (WorkSafe NZ website)
Hazardous materials and substances
- Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) treated timber in schools
- Glass installed in schools
- Hazardous substances on school sites
- Managing your lab's hazardous substances (external link) (WorkSafe NZ website)
- Lead-based paint
- PCBs in light fittings
- Poisonous plants
Facilities and fixtures
- Boilers for heating
- Cell phone towers
- Joinery and hardware installed in schools
- Septic tanks
- Swimming pools at schools
- Fire safety design requirements (including developing an evacuation procedure)
- Fire safety for school sleepovers
- Fireworks and pyrotechnics at schools
'Specified systems and features'
- Traffic management
- School transport - accidents and incidents
- School transport - safety and behaviour
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:
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.
Read the Health and Safety at Work Act:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (external link) (Legislation website)
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