5. Workplace management

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Workplace management is about ensuring everyone is inducted into the school about health and safety, that emergency planning exists and there is a positive culture about the importance of health and safety.  The resources on this page have been developed through the Sector Reference Group and NZSTA.

For more information and resources, see the Other Content section below.

Your responsibilities as a board

The responsibilities of the board are to exercise due diligence to ensure the PCBU complies with its duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.


Leadership relating to health and safety can be best summarised using the three C's:

  1. Cooperation: the action of working together to achieve positive outcomes around health and safety.
  2. Consultation: the process of formally discussing and collaborating on health and safety.
  3. Communication: the effective exchange of health and safety information.


What is a workplace?

A workplace, in an education context, is a place where work is carried out for a school or ECE service. It includes any place where a worker goes, or is likely to be, while at work, including classrooms, the school’s or ECE service’s grounds, vehicles, remote locations and some EOTC activities where the school or ECE service is in control, such as excursions and school camps. For home-based ECE services, the educator’s home is a workplace when it is being used to provide education and care. Read more about it here.


What is workplace management?

In the context of health and safety, workplace management means:

  • ensuring every person has an appropriate induction into the workplace, whether they are a worker or other person such as a visitor, parent, student, volunteer, etc
  • ensuring an emergency plan is in place for the workplace
  • developing and encouraging a health and safety culture in the workplace


Why is induction important?

Induction is the process of familiarising people new to the workplace with the health and safety requirements of that workplace. The Board/ECE must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, it provides any information, training, instruction or supervision necessary to protect everyone from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out by and at the school or ECE service. Everyone coming into the workplace for the first time should receive a level of induction training appropriate to their circumstances. For example, new workers should receive an in-depth induction whereas other people such as visitors normally receive induction training that covers the risks they are likely to encounter and what to do in the event of an emergency.

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