Risk identification, assessment and management

Risk management will reduce the likelihood and severity of serious and adverse health and safety outcomes. Schools and early learning services need to understand what is going on in the business so risks are known, assessed and managed.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Boards
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • All Early Learning Services
  • Teachers and Kaiako

These resources support boards, school staff and early learning services to ensure their learning environments are safe places for students, staff and visitors. They also support compliance under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. We recommend being familiar with the supplied resources and guidance, as it is helpful to meet your obligations under the Act.  

Tools and resources for schools

Example policy Example policy/procedure: Risk management [DOCX, 17 KB]
Risk management checklist Tool 12: Risk management checklist [DOCX, 19 KB] 
Assessing risks Tool 13: Assessing risks [PDF, 62 KB]
Hazard register step by step Tool 14: Completing a hazard register [PDF, 87 KB]
Hazard Assessment Register Tool 15: Hazard Assessment Register [DOCX, 19 KB]

These resources have been developed through the Sector Reference Group and NZSTA.

Tools for early learning services

Risk register template Tool 5: Risk register template [DOCX, 17 KB]
Hazard checklist template Tool 6: Hazard checklist template [DOCX, 13 KB]
Risk management checklist Tool 7: Risk management checklist [PDF, 51 KB]

Students on work experience

Guidance, downloadable guide Health and safety information for school and employers
Agreement template Work experience agreement (write enabled) [PDF, 51 KB]


Alcohol on school sites Alcohol on school sites [PDF, 157 KB]
TKI guidance Behaviour support tools(external link)*
Information about what is and isn't permitted Cell phone towers on school property(external link)
TKI guidance Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) and Outdoor Education(external link)
Fire safety information Fireworks and pyrotechnics for school productions
Information about design standards, hazards Glass installed in schools(external link)
TKI guidance Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom Provider Guide (2008)(external link)
Information about checking for and disposing of hazards Poisonous plants on school property*
Requirements for schools and kura Police vetting for schools and kura Māori
Standards requirements for building or upgrading Playground Safety*
Suicide prevention resources The Mental Health Foundation(external link)
Information about wireless connections for schools Wireless on school property
Requirements for schools and kura Children's Action Plan and Vulnerable Children Act 2014 information

External resources

Support Adventure Good practice guidelines for outdoor activities(external link)
Worksafe Risks in schools and ECE(external link)
  Adventure Activities(external link)
Sport New Zealand  Safe sport for children(external link)
  School Sport Planning Tool(external link)

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