Health and safety

Whiteboards

The use of equipment in the workplace such as whiteboards places legal responsibilities on employers, manufacturers, suppliers and designers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safe use of such equipment.

Voice care

Teachers/lecturers are at least eight times more likely to have voice problems than other workers. This means it is very important for education staff to consider voice care and take steps to prevent problems before they arise.

Transport

There are a number of factors that should always be considered when transporting pupils/students, or when making arrangements for pupils to be collected from school.

Transport

There are a number of factors that should always be considered when transporting pupils/students, or when making arrangements for pupils to be collected from school.

Supervision

It is vital to give adequate thought to the level of supervision and who will be undertaking supervision during the planning of a site visit.

Standards for education premises

The Education (School Premises) Regulations 2012 stipulate minimum standards for school premises. Schools and colleges are also covered by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, which outline provisions that must be made in relation to the work environment.

Smoking

Smoking has been banned in all enclosed and 'substantially enclosed' workplaces in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since 2007.

Slips and trips

Slips or trips account for more than half of all accidents in the education sector, usually resulting in fractures to arms, ankles and wrists. Nevertheless, there is a lot employers should do to minimise the risks.

Security

In most schools and colleges, security involves protecting property (including personal property) against theft, vandalism or arson. In some establishments - primary schools in particular - it also involves protecting children from assault by an intruder.

Risk assessments and trips

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess the risks of activities, introduce measure to control those risks and inform their employees of these measures. Employers must ensure that those carrying out risk assessments are competent to do so.