3. Specific practice guidelines, rules and regulations
Ngā aratohu ritenga tauwhāiti, ngā ture me ngā whakaritenga
There is a range of resources and guidelines to assist boards to manage risks and comply with the health and safety legislation including:
- Approved Codes of Practice: These are guidelines approved by the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, under the Act, e.g. Boilers - Approved Code of Practice, (while their requirements are not mandatory or enforceable, their observance is accepted in Court as a defence)
- Standards: New Zealand or relevant international standards also provide technical guidance on health and safety, e.g. NZS 5828:2004 Playground equipment and surfacing
- Guidelines: WorkSafe NZ guidelines recommending ways to comply with the Act
- Best-practice guidance
For more information and resources, see the Other Content section below.
By taking an active and interested role in being aware of the various requirements, with effective monitoring and reporting, the board can be confident that the necessary mandatory requirements are being adhered to. The board will be demonstrating their commitment to ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of all in the school environment.
How would the board use these?
The board in consultation with the staff determines which of the policies, processes, and procedures would apply to their school and use existing rules, regulations or guides or base the development of their own from these resources.
- Be prepared to deal with a cardiac arrest (heart attack) at your school or during an offsite school event. Download the AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in schools [PDF, 311KB]
- Sleepovers at school
- Security management
EOTC Guidelines – Bringing the Curriculum Alive
The Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016 have been developed to improve safety, reduce harm and ensure consistent good practice around adventure activities. As part of its risk management plan, the board should be assessing the risk of any adventure activity that is being provided by an activity operator. The board must ensure that the operator has passed a safety audit. A list of definitions of adventure activities is included in schedule 2 of the regulations.