Health and Safety requirements for boards and school leaders

These guides and tools are intended as a supplementary resource that will support the people involved in governance and leadership at schools/kura to develop a clear understanding of what the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) means for them. However, the primary source of information must be the HSWA itself, the Regulations made under the HSWA and WorkSafe New Zealand.

This guide provides an overview of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), and outlines the responsibilities of boards of trustees (boards) and school leaders under it. We recommend all schools read this guide.

Health and Safety Practical Guide for Boards of Trustees and School Leaders [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Example policies/procedures

Example health and safety policy - Word version [DOCX, 16 KB]

Example policy/procedure: Others in the workplace - Word version [DOCX, 15 KB]

Example policy/procedure: Worker Participation - Word version [DOCX, 22 KB]

Example policy/procedure: Risk management - Word version [DOCX, 17 KB]

Example policy/procedure: Induction, training and information - Word version [DOCX, 17 KB]

Example policy/procedure: Personal protective equipment - Word version [DOCX, 18 KB]

Tools:

Tool 1: Health and safety policy checklist - Word version [DOCX, 18 KB]

Tool 2: Board of trustees checlist - Word version [DOCX, 20 KB]

Tool 3: School Officer's checklist - Word version [DOCX, 18 KB]

Tool 4: Worker engagement and participation checklist [PDF, 24 KB]

Tool 8: Example HSC meeting agenda - Word version [DOCX, 15 KB]

Tool 9: HSC example minutes template - Word version [DOCX, 17 KB]

Tool 10: Worker engagement guidelines [PDF, 18 KB]

Tool 12: Risk management checklist - Word version [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 13: Assessing risks [PDF, 62 KB]

Tool 14: Completing a hazard register [PDF, 87 KB]

Tool 15: Hazard Assessment Register - Word version [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 16: Injury and incident reporting checklist - Word version [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 17: Injury or incident procedure [PDF, 87 KB]

Tool 18: Causes or incidents and injuries checklist [PDF, 56 KB]

Tool 19: Injury or incident investigation form - Word version [DOCX, 17 KB]

Tool 20: Notice of record of injury/notifiable event [PDF, 43 KB]

Tool 21: Injury and incident board report - Word version [DOCX, 15 KB]

Tool 22: Information and training checklist - Word version [DOCX, 18 KB]

Tool 23: Induction checklist - Word version [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 24: Worker’s health and safety training plan and record - Word version [DOCX, 16 KB]

Tool 25: Others in the workplace (students and visitors checklist) - Word version [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 26: Contractors checklist [DOCX, 19 KB]

Tool 27: Example contractors health and safety contract - Word version [DOCX, 16 KB]

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