27 September 2023

Review your incident response register and procedures

Schools and early learning services must report, record and investigate all incidents, and identify any trends to their health and safety rep and WorkSafe where appropriate.

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Incident response register

Incident response register

Consider how your policy refers explicitly to children and young people with allergies.

Maintain an up-to-date incident response register to record and reflect on:

  • the cause of the incident
  • treatment given
  • how the incident was managed
  • the frequency of treatment given – to identify whether any potential triggers can be minimised.

ACC cover for allergic reactions – This document provides guidance on when ACC is likely to cover allergic reactions.

School health and safety policies

School health and safety policies

Use the Health and Safety Practical Guide for Boards of Trustees and School Leaders to support your understanding of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

A school’s health and safety policy must include:

  • the school’s commitment to accurate reporting and recording
  • reporting to the Board of Trustees on accident frequencies and severity
  • reporting serious harm injuries to WorkSafe and the Ministry of Education
  • the school’s commitment to continuous improvement and the encouragement of best practice in health and safety management.

Source: Ministry of Education (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources


Injury and illness management

Guidance on how best to manage staff illness and injury. The page also includes downloadable resources that aid with reporting incidents and following proper procedures.

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Health and safety practical guide for Boards of Trustees and school leaders

Sample policies and procedures, tools, and checklists that support Boards of Trustees and school leaders to develop a clear understanding of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.


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Examples of risk minimisation strategies for schools, preschools and childcare services

Read time: 12 min

This is a practical list of issues to be considered when developing policies and processes for dealing with allergies.

Publisher: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Develop and implement health and safety policies and procedures”:

Return to the guide “Allergies and learning”