HS12 Hazard management


Health and safety practices criterion 12

Equipment, premises, and facilities are regularly checked for hazards to children.

Accident/incident records are analysed to identify hazards and appropriate action taken. All practicable steps are taken to eliminate, isolate, or minimise hazards to the safety of children.

Consideration of hazards must include but is not limited to:

  • cleaning agents, medicines, poisons, and other hazardous materials;
  • electrical sockets and appliances (particularly heaters);
  • hazards present in kitchen or laundry facilities;
  • vandalism, dangerous objects, and foreign materials (e.g. broken glass, animal droppings);
  • equipment faults;
  • poisonous plants; and
  • bodies of water.

Documentation required:

A hazard identification and management system.  The system can be consistent with the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, but goes beyond the consideration of significant hazards to employees to include all hazards to children.

Related to clause 46(1)(c)(iii) of standard.


The criterion aims to uphold the safety of children by ensuring that services have a mechanism to assess and address environmental hazards in an ongoing way.

Last updated: 31 March 2015