SAFETY & HEALTH

POL-5

POLICY

Effective Date: 13 February 2019

NAG 5

Each board of trustees is also required to:

(a) provide a safe physical and emotional environment for students;

(b) promote healthy food and nutrition for all students; and

(c) comply in full with any legislation currently in force or that may be developed to ensure the safety of students and employees.

Rationale

Plateau School aims to

- ensure a safe and healthy workplace is maintained by providing the information, training and supervision needed to ensure the health and safety of all students, staff and other people in the workplace.

- this policy should be read in conjunction with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Purpose

The board of trustees is responsible for and committed to ensuring health and safety procedures are developed and implemented in order to ensure the health and safety of all workers, students, visitors and contractors.

The board will comply with relevant health and safety legislation, regulations, New Zealand standards and approved codes of practice. However, employees need to be aware of their responsibilities and comply with the board’s health and safety policy and school procedures.

Delegations

The board delegates to the principal as officer, the responsibility to: 
  • develop and implement health and safety procedures
  • ensure employees have the information they need in order to comply with policy and procedures.

Expectations and Limitations

The board will, as far as is reasonably practicable1, 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 on the strategy occurs with workers and the school community
  • ensuring there are procedures in place regarding the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol and that these are aligned with the protection of students, staff and visitors to the school procedures and comply with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 
  • 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, which includes recording and investigating injuries and reporting serious harm incidents
  • having a commitment to a culture of continuous improvement.

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
  • take all reasonable steps2 to protect students, staff and visitors to the school from unsafe or unhealthy conditions or practices
  • ensure the staff code of conduct is implemented effectively
  • ensure there is zero tolerance to unacceptable behaviours, 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 2 years regarding the health programme being delivered to students
  • provide information and training opportunities to employees
  • have emergency plans and procedures in place
  • 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:
    • cooperate with school health and safety procedures
    • comply with the health and safety legislation and duties of workers
    • ensure their own safety at work
    • promote and contribute to a safety-conscious culture at the school
All workers are encouraged to play a vital and responsible role in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace through:
  • being involved in improving health and safety systems at work
  • following all instructions, rules, procedures and safe ways of working
  • reporting any pain or discomfort as soon as possible
  • reporting all injuries, incidents and near misses
  • helping new workers, staff members, trainees and visitors to the workplace understand the safety procedures and why they exist
  • reporting any health and safety concerns or issues through the reporting system
  • keeping the workplace tidy to minimise the risk of any trips and falls
  • wearing protective clothing and equipment as and when required to minimise your exposure to workplace hazards.
Others in the workplace including students and visitors are encouraged to:
  • follow all instructions, rules and procedures while in the school grounds
  • report all injuries, incidents and near misses to their teacher or other staff members
  • wear protective clothing and equipment as and when required to minimise your exposure to hazards while learning
Students are provided with basic health and safety rules, information and training and are encouraged to engage in positive health and safety practices.

Health and Safety is everyone's responsibility.

1Reasonably 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.

2These are to:
    • 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 person conducting a business or undertaking (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.
Procedures/Supporting Documentation
  • Staff induction
  • Education outside the classroom, RAMS
  • Health and safety register
  • Hazard register
  • Hazard assessment register
  • Injury and incident reporting (procedure, checklist, board report, investigation form)
  • Emergency procedures, including for shut-down and evacuation
  • Administering medication
  • Accident management
  • Alcohol, smoking and drugs
  • Before and after-school care
  • Behaviour management – managing challenging behaviour and physical restraint (policy and procedures)
  • Civil defence and crisis procedures
  • Collection, storage and access to personal information
  • Concerns and complaints
  • Court orders against parents/caregivers
  • Cybersafety
  • First aid and infection (pandemic plan)
  • Healthy eating
  • Parent helpers
  • Adult behaviour at school (adult conduct at school)
  • Playground supervision
  • Police vetting
  • Protected disclosures
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sun smart (sun safety)
  • Transporting children

Monitoring
Board to enter own monitoring and reporting procedures

Legislative Compliance