Section 11: School, tertiary, and ITO safety planning
Some secondary schools are running technology programmes alongside tertiary institutions. The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and its Amendments, Regulations, and Codes of Practice also apply to students working through a tertiary institute while enrolled in a school. The Ministry of Education web page Students on Work Experiences Legislation provides guidance on procedures that schools are required to follow when students attend a workplace (including a tertiary provider) to undertake work-based learning or work experience.
Where students are having off-site experiences with commercial companies and/or tertiary providers, Boards of Trustees should work with the tertiary provider to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets out procedures to ensure the health and safety of students. Schools can obtain an example of an MOU from the Competenz website.
11.1 Safety resources
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has developed a safety resource for teachers and students who are working to complete NZQA Unit Standard 497 Version 7: Demonstrate Knowledge of Workplace Health and Safety. The resource is called Start Safe; Stay Safe and contains information, resources, a CD-ROM, activities, and assessment tasks and is free to schools. The guide is for use by Gateway coordinators and for teachers in other subject areas. The resource is a flexible toolkit so that Gateway coordinators and teachers can meet the specific needs of their students.
Competenz has part of their website dedicated to the safe use of tools – the Tools 4 Work resource centre. To access the information, schools have to set up a login (at no cost).
MBIE – Labour Group and ACC have developed an interactive learning package free to schools: Metal Industry Guidelines for Safe Work. This resource is available as a CD-ROM or PDF.
Industry training organisations that support schools include: