Ministry of Education update
13 December 2016
Updates to Safety in Technology Education guidance
During the past few months, education sector specialists have been working together on an updated version of our Safety in Technology Education guidance.
Feedback from more than 150 people who work in the technology education space has been incorporated into the updated version. We expect to release the new version in term one 2017.
Code of Practice for School Exempt Laboratories launched
The Ministry of Education has launched a new guide to the Code of Practice for School Exempt Laboratories.
- Guidance to the Code of Practice for School Exempt Laboratories overlaid with information about duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
During the development of this new guide, more than 1,400 principals and technology and science teachers attended workshops on the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
The intention of this document is to provide guidance on the steps that schools should take to comply with relevant sections of the HSNO Act and regulations.
Schools should work through the Code of Practice (2007) and ensure that policies and procedures meet the relevant sections of the Code.
A school that conforms with the Code of Practice shall be deemed to meet the requirements of part (a) of Section 18.2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2016, and be in compliance with the Hazardous Substances (Exempt Laboratories) Regulations 2001.
Schools are not obliged to follow the Code of Practice. However, if a school board (PCBU) chooses not to adopt the Code of Practice, then the board shall ensure that management of hazardous substances fully complies with all sections of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act and Regulations. Methods of compliance should be documented.
The Ministry of Education would like to thank the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE) for their expertise and guidance in producing this resource.