Health and safety

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.

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.

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.

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.

Off-site trips

Taking students off-site covers a vast range of activities. Outdoor education enjoys a long tradition and it is estimated that over one million educational trips take place each year. ATL believes that these activities are an essential part of any young person's learning.

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.

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.