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Hamilton Junior High School

Health and Safety Committee

Policy:

Hamilton Junior High School shall have a Health and Safety Committee;

The composition shall be:

  • As agreed between the Board of Trustees, the employees and the employee representatives.
  • Nominated or elected employee representatives as in 1.1.
  • A member of Senior Management.
  • At least one employer representative (BOT).
  • A student representative.

There shall be a minimum of three and maximum of six representatives from a balance of teaching areas and support staff.

Purpose

  1. To comply with Section 19C of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.
  2. To foster positive health and safety management practices.
  3. To advise employer of any hazards in the workplace and to discuss with the employer ways to deal with the hazards.
  4. To consult with OSH inspectors on health and safety issues.
  5. To promote the interest of employees who have been harmed at work, including in relation to their rehabilitation and return to work.

Procedures

  1. Functions of the committee

The committee shall carry out the following functions:

  • Implementation of Health and Safety Policy.
  • Ensuring legislative requirements relating to health and safety are complied with.
  • Maintenance of central accident register.
  • Maintenance of hazards register.
  • Notification of Board of Trustees through Property Committee of any new hazards or property issues which need attention.
  • Liaise with OSH officials whenever necessary.
  • Reporting to the Board of Trustees any trends or concerns arising from the central accident register with recommendations for action to improve health and safety.
  1. The Health and Safety Committee may take independent action:

When there are reasonable grounds to believe a hazard exists; and the hazard has been brought to the attention of the Board; and an attempt has been made to discuss the hazard with the BOT; and the BOT refuses to discuss or take steps to deal with the hazard; or the Health and Safety representative believes on reasonable grounds that the BOT is in breach of section 6 of the Act in relation to the hazard.

  1. Election of Health and Safety Representatives

The Health and Safety representatives are duly nominated by their fellow employees.  If there is only a minimum number of candidates nominated for the position of Health and Safety representative there is no need to hold an election and those people shall automatically fill the position.  If more than the maximum required number of representatives are nominated, an election will be held by secret ballot to determine who the representatives will be.

  1. Frequency of Committee Meetings

The committee shall meet once per school term or at more regular intervals by agreement.

  1. Notification of Committee Meetings

All employers will be notified of upcoming committee meetings and will be given a reasonable opportunity to provide input.

  1. All employees will have an opportunity to assess the outcomes of meetings.  Minutes will be posted in the staffroom.
  1. Health and Safety Representatives Training

Each elected Health and Safety representative shall, on giving at least 14 days’ notice, be entitled to two day paid leave per year to attend a training course approved under section 19G of the Act.  Health and Safety representatives who are members of unions or professional associates shall attend the join New Zealand Council of Trade Unions/Accident Compensation Corporation training.  Health and Safety representatives who are not members of a union may also, on giving at least 14 days’ notice, attend the CTU/ACC training at no cost to themselves or the BOT.  IN the even that a Health and Safety representative is unable to attend a selected training course an alternative training course of the Health and Safety representative’s choice must be arranged as soon as possible.

  1.  Right to refuse dangerous work

The BOT recognises that ever employee ha the right to refuse work that he or she believes is dangerous.  In the event that an employee refuses to perform work he or she believes to be dangerous the following steps shall be taken”

  • The employee will advise the Health and Safety representative immediately.
  • I the Health and Safety representative is unavailable the worker will advise the BOT.
  • The employee, Health and Safety representative and BOT will attempt to resolve the matter as soon as practicable.
  • The employee will continue to refuse to perform the work until they are satisfied it is no longer dangerous.
  • If the matter cannot be resolved an OSH inspector will be contacted.
  • The employee will perform any other work within the scope of his or her employment agreement that the BOT reasonably requests.
  1. Hazard Notices

A trained Health and Safety representative in the following circumstances may issue a hazard notice:

When there are reasonable grounds to believe a hazard exists; and the hazard has been brought to the attention of the BOT; and an attempt has been made to discuss the hazard with the BOT; and the BOT refuses to discuss or take steps to deal with the hazard; or an agreement cannot be reached on how to deal with the hazard; or the Health and Safety representative believes on reasonable grounds that the BOT is in breach of Section 6 of the Act in relation to the hazard.

  1. Employee Participation

All employees will be provided with a reasonable opportunity to participate effectively in on-going processes for improvement of health and safety in the place of work in accordance with Section 19B of the Act.

  1. Application of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

To avoid doubt the parties directed by this policy understand and acknowledge that all relevant rights and obligations contained in the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 apply to the parties.

Review

This policy is reviewed as part of the Boards Review Cycle

Date of Approval __________________________________________________

Chairperson _________________________________________________





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