Health and Safety requirements for boards and school leaders

Download sample policies and procedures and tools that support a strong practical application of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Level of complianceMain audienceOther


  • Boards
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Health and Safety Officer(s)
  • Teaching staff

These tools help boards and school leaders to meet their requirements as a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) according to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. They are a supplementary resource, the primary source of information must be the HSWA itself, the Regulations made under the HSWA and WorkSafe New Zealand.

Health and Safety Practical Guide

This guide provides an overview of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), and outlines the responsibilities of boards and school leaders under it. We recommend all schools read this guide.

Health and Safety Practical Guide for school boards and school leaders [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Example policies/procedures

Example health and safety policy
[DOCX, 16 KB]

Example policy/procedure: Others in the workplace
[DOCX, 15 KB]

Example policy/procedure: Worker participation [DOCX, 22 KB]

Example policy/procedure: Risk management [DOCX, 17 KB]

Example policy/procedure: Induction, training and information [DOCX, 17 KB]

Example policy/procedure: Personal protective equipment [DOCX, 18 KB]


Tool 1: Health and safety policy checklist

Tool 2: School board checklist [DOCX, 20 KB]

Tool 3: School Officer's checklist [DOCX, 18 KB]

Tool 4: Worker engagement and participation checklist [PDF, 24 KB]

Tool 8: Example HSC meeting agenda [DOCX, 15 KB]

Tool 9: HSC example minutes template [DOCX, 17 KB]

Tool 10: Worker engagement guidelines [PDF, 18 KB]

Tool 12: Risk management checklist [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 13: Assessing risks [PDF, 62 KB]

Tool 14: Completing a hazard register [PDF, 87 KB]

Tool 15: Hazard Assessment Register [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 16: Injury and incident reporting checklist [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 17: Injury or incident procedure [PDF, 87 KB]

Tool 18: Causes or incidents and injuries checklist [PDF, 56 KB]

Tool 19: Injury or incident investigation form [DOCX, 17 KB]

Tool 20: Notice of record of injury/notifiable event [PDF, 43 KB]

Tool 21: Injury and incident board report [DOCX, 15 KB]

Tool 22: Information and training checklist

Tool 23: Induction checklist [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 24: Worker’s health and safety training plan and record [DOCX, 16 KB]

Tool 25: Others in the workplace (students and visitors checklist)

Tool 26: Contractors checklist [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 27: Example contractors health and safety contract [DOCX, 16 KB]

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