Schools and ECE services will provide all appropriate equipment for all work environments their workers are likely to encounter in their work, and to appropriate design standards.

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. 

Useful links

WorkSafe's information about primary duty of care can help you understand your responsibility for the health and safety of your workers.

Worksafe – What is primary duty of care?(external link)

WorkSafe also provide information for employers and employees about the use of personal protective equipment in situations where a worker's health and safety are at risk.

WorkSafe – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)(external link)


Boiler-based heating systems

Electrical equipment testing*

School incinerators

Playground equipment and surfacing*

Guidance for School Exempt Laboratories(external link) [PDF, 3.3 MB]

Septic tanks on school sites

Waste management in schools

Bicycle/fitness tracks at their school

Tools and resources

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

TKI - Te Kete Ipurangi(external link): Planning for science programmes and safety

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