Health and safety

Risk assessment

A risk assessment is a careful examination of the work activities that could, whether on or off site, cause harm to people so that your employer can weigh up whether they have taken adequate precautions or should do more to prevent harm.

The rights of safety reps

ATL's safety representatives are elected by their colleagues to represent them in health and safety matters.
Publications

Resources for safety reps

As a health and safety representative, ATL is here to support you.

Personal liability and insurance

Personal liability for the health and safety of students on educational visits concerns many ATL members and press reports of accidents and deaths on visits always serve to heighten this concern. For claims to succeed, negligence must be proven.

Parental consent

Clear dialogue between parents and schools is important in making sure parental consent is obtained, that schools have all the information they require about pupils, and when making decisions about whether a pupil has to be excluded from a trip.

New and expectant mothers

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to carry out formal assessments of any risks to new or expectant mothers in the workplace. Risks include those to the unborn child or to the child who is being breastfed.

Lifting and carrying advice

Back injuries are the greatest single cause of absenteeism from the workplace, often caused by manual handling activities, eg the lifting and carrying of loads. ATL is concerned at the number of members injured as a result of such activities.

If you have been assaulted

This page sets out the steps that you should consider following a physical assault.

If you are suffering from stress

The important thing to remember is that stress is an organisational problem, not an individual weakness. If you are suffering from work-related stress, your employer has a legal duty to tackle it. There is no stigma attached to asking for help.

HSE guidance

The Health and Safety Executive produces guidance on a number of health and safety issues, which will often be a great help to those with responsibility for health and safety, especially safety reps.