Leadership

Leadership is a critical element of workplace safety culture. It sets the direction for health and safety management by creating and demanding expectations and by holding management and workers strictly and continuously to account for meeting these expectations.

PCBU in the workplace

PCBU stands for "person conducting a business or undertaking".

A PCBU is a legal entity. In the context of early learning services and compulsory education, the PCBU is a:

  • school board of trustees as an entity
  • early learning service
  • kōhanga reo
  • national education association
  • Ministry of Education or District Health Board (as landlords)
  • sponsor
  • proprietor
  • self-employed educator.

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Workplace management

School/early learning service leadership/management are visible on site and should be seen to be doing the right thing in a timely way — noticing and questioning unsafe behaviour.

Every person visiting a school site or early learning service must be inducted to the site. This includes including all workers, children, students and visitors. The induction may include the:

  • physical site plan
  • emergency plans, and
  • health and safety requirements.

School duty holders

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (the Act) has a set of defined duty holders. Use this information sheet to help you identify which positions have duties at your school/kura.

Health and Safety in Schools: Duty holders and their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 [PDF, 135 KB]

Early Childhood Education (ECE) duty holders

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (the Act) has a set of defined duty holders. The types of positions considered to be duty holders vary depending on the service type. Use the information sheets below to help you identify which positions have duties in your early learning service.

Early childhood education (ECE) centres [PDF, 132 KB]

Kindergartens [PDF, 124 KB]

Playcentres [PDF, 125 KB]

Home-based ECE services [PDF, 123 KB]

Hospital-based ECE services [PDF, 123 KB]

Playgroups [PDF, 126 KB]

The Health and Safety in Early Childhood Education table sets out the definitions and responsibilities of the duty holders and has space for you to fill in the positions at your early learning service. We recommend you print this document and write in your service’s positions.

Health and Safety in Early Childhood Education table [PDF, 163 KB]

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