Practice framework resources for health and safety

While these resources are generally for use by schools, early childhood education (ECE) services and kōhanga reo may find their content useful. These have been marked with an asterisk*. These resources have been developed through the Sector Reference Group and NZSTA.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • All Early Learning Services
  • Boards
  • Health and Safety Officer (s)
  • Principals
  • Teaching Staff

This represents the school or early learning service provider’s approach to delivering health and safety in the workplace. It sets out and describes the standard against which a school or early learning service provider measures and accounts for its health and safety performance. This system is integrated with good practice and quality.


Our factsheets have been written for schools, ECEs and kōhanga reo to use

H&S practice resources: Legislation and Regulations, policies and processes, and guidance and resources

Mandatory requirements

Guidance for school exempt laboratories(external link) [PDF, 3.3 MB]

Fire and safety design requirements for schools for boards, project managers and design consultants

Guidelines for the surrender and retention of property and searches

Hostel Regulations

Security management

Water safety resources and safety tips(external link)*

Swimming pools at schools

Health conditions in education settings*

Safety in Technology Education A Guidance Manual for New Zealand School [PDF, 1.9 MB]


Guidance for schools to develop or review a firearms policy

Be prepared to deal with a cardiac arrest (heart attack) at your school or during an offsite school event.


Tools and resources

Keeping students safe on school buses

Smokefree policy template for schools(external link)

Digital technology guide for schools

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