Health and safety

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.

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.

Contractors

Changes in the way that schools and colleges are managed have resulted in the increased use of contractors on site, which can introduce new risks to the workplace.