Health and safety

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.

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.