Health and SafetyTraining in Education
‘Managing health and safety doesn’t have to be complicated, costly or time-consuming. In fact it’s easier than you think. If you have taken reasonable steps to prevent accidents or harm to your employees (and the injury or illness was caused after 1 October 2013), you shouldn’t have to pay compensation’ (Health and Safety Executive)
There are pieces of legislation that apply specifically to schools, for example, The School Premises (England) Regulations 2012; however the key areas of legislation are covered by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
These clearly set out the duties of the employer and the employees to help comply with their duties. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) produces a wealth of information and guidelines to help e.g. ‘Managing for Health and Safety’. If the guidance is followed and implemented correctly it will undoubtedly help protect you and your colleagues from injury and ill health at work and even enhance your reputation.
In addition to health and safety there is the task of putting control measures in place to reduce the risk of fire. The good news is that the number of deaths and fire related injuries have fallen dramatically since the mid 1980’s, however this didn’t happen by accident. The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 has been designed to help reduce the risks of fire breaking out on your premises. There is some very good advice available to help employers and individuals e.g. ‘Guidance on Fire Risk Assessment for Educational Premises’ produced by H M Government.
All that said the reality is that finding and reading all these documents is time consuming and can perhaps be a little confusing. So what can we do to help staff manage health and safety without spending hours wading through all the H&S literature? Well they say knowledge is power so the obvious answer would be to give staff the knowledge they require by providing relevant and effective training.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 requires you to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of your employees.
This is expanded by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which identify situations where health and safety training is particularly important, e.g. when people start work, on exposure to new or increased risks and where existing skills may have become rusty or need updating.
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