New Zealand schools and ECE services are usually very safe places, but when things go wrong the impact can be widely felt by everyone in the community.
What are the risks?
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), every business has a responsibility to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and any others who could be who could be put at risk by the work of the business, such as customers, visitors, children and young people, or the general public.
First, you must always eliminate the risk where you’re reasonably able to. Where you’re not reasonably able to, then you need to consider what you can do to minimise the risk.
The key health and safety risks for people working in education are:
Where to go for more information
The Ministry of Education has developed a range of fact sheets(external link) to help schools, kura, ECE services, kōhanga reo and playgroups understand the key components of a health and safety system.
HASANZ (Health and Safety Association New Zealand)(external link) sets the standard for workplace health and safety services and advice.
ACC(external link) has resources available to help you manage hazards and prevent or reduce injuries in your workplace.