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Putting School Health and Safety First!

Two of the most important pieces of legislation affecting educational establishments across the UK are the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The standards that are set in these documents are there ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees and others who may be affected by a school or other educational establishments work activity.  People such as staff, pupils, parents and members of the public. 

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There are many other pieces of legislation that are no less important for you and your school to consider and manage, we have listed a selection of them below and this list is by no means exhaustive;

  • Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
  • Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992
  • Working at Height Regulations 2005
  • Electricity at Work regulations 1989
  • Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012
  • And many more...

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the enforcement authority for the education sector. Their role is to ensure that educational and other work-based activities are carried out with all risks managed sensibly and proportionally (if can’t eliminate them first)! To do this, they carry out inspections and on-site visits, investigate accidents and complaints, provide guidance and enforce the rules where necessary.

Establishing effective health and safety procedures is an essential part of the day-to-day running of schools and other educational establishments and The Safety Organisation Ltd work with head-teachers, managers and school leaders to help create a culture of safe working practices throughout your school while reducing the burden to you for following the HSE directives.

Our Health and Safety in Schools Consultancy Service Includes;

  • We can draft risk assessments on school premises, equipment, substances, fire safety, display screen equipment, activities, lone workers, manual handling, external workers, and more. These risk assessments will be communicated to all staff using the most appropriate local method available, (i.e. school intranet) etc, ensuring that all staff are made aware of any potential hazards and their risk control measures.
  • Training in appropriate areas, including fire safety and awareness, manual handling, working at height, first aid, handling difficult situations (conflict management) and risk assessments - amongst others
  • Health and safety audits and monitoring, ensuring that regulations are being followed, and that you are constantly improving the health and safety performance of your school

We don’t expect or require payment up front – Our Retained Client Service allows for you to spread the cost over the course of the year.

To speak to us about health and safety in your school, or other educational establishment or indeed, about any other health and safety or compliance issue, please get in touch today.