Health and safety

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 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.

How to do a risk assessment

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) sets out a step-by-step approach to risk assessment in its guidance Five steps to risk assessment, as follows.

Health and safety - duties of governors

Governors of schools and colleges play a vital role in the management of health and safety and in the allocation of funds to ensure safety.

Head lice

Head lice are a persistent problem in many schools. They are difficult to detect and are usually transmitted through head-to-head contact. Anyone can catch head lice - clean hair offers no protection.

Guidance on disability issues

This guidance aims to provide an overview of the rights of disabled workers in schools and colleges and provide practical advice for union reps and members on how to achieve equality for disabled staff.

First aid

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 place a duty on employers to provide adequate first aid to staff that are injured or become ill at work.

Enforcement

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces health and safety law in most schools and colleges. In some areas, this responsibility may fall to the local environmental health department.

Emergency procedures for off-site visits

Emergency procedures should be clearly set out in written policies for educational visits, and every group leader should have a checklist for immediate action in an emergency.