Health and safety management

Find out about property and vehicle related health and safety management.

Roles and responsibilities

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 — YouTube(external link)

Overlapping Duties under the HSWA — YouTube(external link)

Health and safety management

Find health and safety guidance specific to school property, traffic and school transport.

Managing contractors

Operating school construction projects safely during COVID-19 Alert Levels

Property projects: Managing contractor health and safety

Role of the board during a school property project

Role of the project manager during property projects

Construction phase

Police vetting for school property contractors

Keeping safe on a construction site — YouTube(external link)

Worker participation: If it doesn’t look right call it — YouTube(external link)

Health and Safety Charter

Critical risk activities

Planning entry and working safely in a confined space — WorkSafe website(external link)

Managing asbestos in schools

Electrical equipment testing in schools

Electrical work in schools

Particular hazardous work (Notifiable works) — WorkSafe website(external link)

Urgent work

Urgent health and safety work

Hazardous materials and substances

Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) treated timber in schools

Glass installed in schools

Hazardous substances on school sites

Lead-based paint

Managing your lab's hazardous substances — WorkSafe website(external link)

PCBs in light fittings

Poisonous plants

Moulds and fungi

Facilities and fixtures

Boilers for school heating

Cellphone towers on school sites

Lifts in schools

Fencing at schools

Joinery and hardware installed in schools

Septic tanks on school sites

Swimming pools at schools

Managing thermal comfort in classrooms

Drinking water

Backflow prevention

Drinking water quality


Weathertightness remediation


Fire safety design requirements (including developing evacuation procedures)

Fire safety for school sleepovers

Fireworks and pyrotechnics at schools

'Specified systems and features'

Building warrants of fitness for school facilities


Traffic management

Accidents and incidents on school transport

School transport - Safety and behaviour

Health and safety responsibilities

Health, safety and wellbeing

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 — NZ Legislation website(external link)

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.

Health and safety: practical guide for boards of trustees and school leaders

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