Understanding health and safety
Te mārama ki te hauora me te haumaru
Every school must have a strong focus on health and safety. It’s a core part of your legal obligations as a board.
Your school needs to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. We're here to guide you through your obligations.
For more information and resources, see the Professional Development and Other Content sections below.
What a model health and safety system looks like
There are 10 components of an effective health and safety system.
- Worker participation
- Specific practice guidelines, rules and regulations
- Risk identification, assessment and management
- Workplace management
- Injury and illness management
- Injury and illness support and rehabilitation
- Health and wellbeing programmes
- Monitoring, reporting and assurance
These can be used to review your own health and safety systems and ensure you are meeting the requirements of the Act.
It outlines everyone’s key roles and responsibilities. For example, it says the school’s leadership should set the direction of health and safety management in the workplace, while any health and wellbeing programmes that are put in place should ensure that everyone can proactively manage their own health and wellbeing.
Where you should focus your efforts
As a board, the law says you should focus your efforts on what matters, based on risk, control, and size. That means understanding your level of risk in certain areas, actively managing critical risks, focusing your attention on how work is carried out and ensuring everyone is engaged and participating in your school’s health and safety policies and procedures.