Health and safety

Health and safety

We take the legal responsibility to provide a safe working environment for staff, students, contractors and visitors to Summit Point School seriously.

Roles and responsibilities 

At Summit Point School we are required to implement and maintain health and safety management systems to ensure:

  • That no one in the school or vicinity is harmed or causes harm to others
  • That no contractors are harmed or cause harm while doing any work they are engaged to do

We are required to take all practicable steps to ensure that no harm comes to any contractor or employee of a contractor while doing work they are engaged to do for the school. Contractors and subcontractors as employers also have duties to their employees (or if an individual, duties of a self-employed person).

Equally it is important to ensure that the actions of any contractors or sub-contractors do not create hazards or harm to students, staff and visitors.

In addition, we must take all practicable steps to ensure that:

  • No action or inaction of any employee harms any other person, including students
  • People at a school with the consent of the Board, or undertaking work for the Board, are not harmed by any hazard

We must warn people of any significant hazards at the school and clearly identify the roles and responsibilities of students, school employees, visitors and contractors.

Documents to download

Police vetting form

Health and safety roles and responsibilities

Our health and safety system

The Ministry of Education has developed a health and safety system to help schools meet the requirements of the current Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. At Summit Point School we use this to review our own health and safety systems.

The latest Ministry of Education health and safety updates can be found here:

 

Key components of our system

Leadership: Set the direction of health and safety management in your workplace.

Worker participation: Effective formal and informal worker participation practices eg Health and Safety Reps and committees.

Health and safety framework: Health and safety in your workplace. Mandatory requirements, guidance, tools and resources.

Risk identification: Identifying hazards in the workplace and managing the associated risks.

Workplace management: Leading by example, property maintenance, inducting visitors to the workplace and emergency plans.

Equipment: Provision of appropriate equipment for all work environments staff may encounter and equipment that may be used.

Injury and illness management: Notifiable injuries, reporting, recording and investigating incidents/accidents.

Injury and illness support: Structured systems to support the safe and early return to work of injured staff and workers.

Health and wellbeing: Proactive approach to ensuring that staff, volunteers and workers can actively manage their own health and wellbeing.

Professional development: Information to help to empower staff and leaders to implement effective health and safety practices through Professional Development.

Monitoring and reporting: Promote a commitment to continuously improving health and safety performance. What is a monitoring and reporting system.