Health and Safety resources for PPTA branches

Some of the health and safety resources developed by the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) for the use of members are listed on this page.

Where a teacher's health and safety is shown to be at risk in the carrying out of her/his duties the employer shall take all reasonable steps as are necessary to remove or minimise the identified risk for the teacher and if appropriate, to do so in consultation with the relevant health and safety authorities.

Link to PPTA webpage STCA Part 12 Health and Safety

Link to PPTA webpage ASTCA Part 10 Health and Safety

Link to PPTA webpage Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

You may find additional materials here:

Publications and advice

Download pdf Download PPTA health and safety guidelines for secondary and area schools (295.17KB, 56 pages)

The aim of this document is to make schools safer and healthier working environments for New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) members and branches through understanding and using the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (The Act).

Violence and Bullying

Link to webpage School anti-violence toolkit (2012)

The  School Anti-Violence Toolkit has been updated to include a section specifically about violence against teachers.

Link to PPTA webpage Resources for GLBTI (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) students, teachers, and families/whanau

Resources for members and branches to use when working to ensure that their school is a safe and welcoming place for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (GLBTI) students, teachers, and families/whanau.

pdf icon Teachers - the new targets of schoolyard bullies? (Benefield, 2004)

This paper refers to both bullying and harassment of teachers. 

pdf  icon Best practice behaviour management: A view from the literature (Patty Towl, 2007)

The review suggests that managing challenging student behaviour is not about personal competence; it is a school climate and professional development issue.

Temperature in the classroom

PPTA) guidance on minimum and maximum classroom temperatures for the health and safety of teachers and students.

Download pdf Download Temperature advice

Link to webpage Temperature in the classroom

Online safety for teachers

Web tools can provide useful and powerful teaching and learning opportunities for teachers and students who use them. However the insecure nature of the Internet environment can mean there is an element of risk for both teachers and students.

Link to PPTA webpage Digital communication [ICT advisory committee]

Link to PPTA webpage Schools and email [ICT advisory committee]

Link to PPTA webpage Contact with parents and students by phone (landline and cellphone) [ICT advisory committee]

Health and Safety representatives in schools

The Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act 2002 requires all workplaces with more than 30 employees to develop a system for effective employee participation in health and safety and to elect health and safety representatives.

Together with NZEI and the Service and Food Workers' Union, we've developed a Health and Safety kit to help members with the requirements of the Act:

Link to webpage Setting up an employee participation system with elected Health and Safety representatives (June 2003)

If you have been elected as a health and safety representative and want to register for training go to www.worksafereps.org.nz, or contact your local PPTA field office.

Education Change management toolkit

The toolkit contains general principles for implementing successful education change in schools and a series of questions to answer before, during and after a change is trialled.

Included is a draft policy which branches can discuss with their boards.

Download pdf Education change management toolkit (609.11 KB)

Download pdf Draft change management policy

Useful Contacts

Link to PPTA webpage Rainbow teachers

pptaweb icon PPTA Field Offices

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