Health and Safety

Context

The Board is responsible for ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all who enter the school.  The Board has developed health and safety procedures which employees need to be aware of their responsibilities and comply with the Board’s health and safety policy and school procedures.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide a safe and healthy school environment for all who enter the school.  This policy sets out the accountabilities and responsibilities of the Board and Principal with respect to the provision of a safe and healthy environment for staff, students, contractors and visitors to the school.

Policy

The Board is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and to providing the information, training and supervision needed to achieve this to ensure the health and safety of all students, staff and other people in the workplace.

Responsibilities of the Board

The Board will, as far as is reasonably practicable;[1] comply with the provisions of legislation dealing with health and safety in the workplace, by:

  • providing a safe physical and emotional learning environment
  • ensuring a health and safety strategy/plan is in place and engagement and consultation with workers and the school community on the strategy occurs
  • providing adequate facilities, including ensuring access and ensuring property and equipment is safe to use and students and workers are not exposed to hazards
  • ensuring there is an effective method in place for identifying, assessing and controlling hazards. This includes recording and investigating injuries, and reporting serious harm incidents
  • having a commitment to a culture of continuous improvement.

Responsibilities of the Principal

The Principal, as Officer has responsibility for implementing this policy and therefore must:

  • exercise due diligence in accordance with the provisions of the health and safety legislation, and in particular the six due diligence obligations[2]
  • take all reasonable steps to protect students, staff and visitors to the school from unsafe or unhealthy conditions or practices
  • ensure that the staff Code of Conduct is implemented effectively
  • ensure there is zero tolerance to unacceptable behaviour, such as bullying, and that there are effective processes in place
  • provide a smoke free environment
  • ensure a risk analysis management system (RAMS) is in place and carried out
  • seek approval for overnight stays/camps/visits attesting first to their compliance with above
  • consult with the community every two years regarding the health programme being delivered to students
  • provide information and training opportunities to employees
  • advise the Board chair of any emergency situations as soon as possible
  • ensure all employees and other workers at the school will take reasonable care to:
  1. cooperate with school health and safety procedures
  2. comply with the health and safety legislation, duties of workers
  3. ensure their own safety at work
  4. promote and contribute to a safety conscious culture at the school.

Relevant Legislation

Including but not limited to;

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • Education Act 1989
  • National Administration Guidelines

OP8 Procedure for Notification or Suspicion of Self-Harm and / or Suicide

 

Document Management and Control

Policy / Document Owner: Orakei School Board of Trustees
Operational Policy Number: CP3
Prepared or Reviewed By: W Pihema
Authorised By: The Board of Trustees
Date Policy Approved and Resolution No.: June 12 2017 / 2.6.17
Date Last Reviewed:
Review Frequency: Triennial
Date of Next Review: June 2020

 

Document History
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[1] Reasonably practicable means what is or was reasonably able to be done at a particular time to ensure health and safety, taking into account and weighing up all relevant matters.

[1] know about work health and safety matters and keep up-to-date, gain an understanding of the operations of the organisation and the hazards and risks generally associated with those operations, ensure the PCBU has appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise those risks, ensure the PCBU has appropriate processes for receiving information about incidents, hazards and risks, and for responding to that information, ensure there are processes for complying with any duty, and that these are implemented, verify that these resources and processes are in place and being used.