Health and safety

Accident investigation

The purpose of accident investigation is to establish how an accident happened, and how to prevent it from happening again. If you are a safety representative, you may, at some point, be asked to assist an employee who has been injured in the workplace and/or participate in accident investigation.

Exposure to asbestos

Asbestos-related illnesses claim between 3,000 and 4,000 lives each year, mainly from cancers of the lungs and chest linings, caused by breathing in air containing asbestos fibres.

Overcrowding

ATL has become increasingly concerned about the lack of space in schools and colleges, where an ever-increasing variety of equipment has to be accommodated as well as enough room for student activities and provision for students with SEN or disabilities.

Workplace inspections

All parts of a workplace should be safe to use, whether internal or external. This means that floors, walls, ceilings, playgrounds, car parks and sports areas should be designed, built and maintained so that they do not pose a risk to users of the site.

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.