Health and Safety in Education

The law places duties on a number of organisations and individuals in respect of protecting the health, safety and welfare of employees and others who use or visit schools. What does this mean in practice?

  • the employer (*) of school staff, is responsible for ensuring that they operate in such a way as to protect the health, safety and welfare of school staff and of pupils and visitors, both within school and during off-site activities
  • persons controlling school premises (Governing Bodies and Head Teachers) have a duty to ensure that the premises are safe and without risks to health of visitors and pupils

(*) In the case of Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools the employer is the LA whereas in Academies and Voluntary Aided and Foundation Schools the Governing Body is the employer as well as having control of premises.

The employer is also responsible for risk assessments of activities and introducing measures to control those risks.

Academies and Voluntary Aided and Foundation Schools

The governing bodies and head teachers of these establishments need to have their own Health and Safety policy and set out their own organisation and arrangements for ensuring health and safety. Whilst they are free to use the information on this website, they should ensure they have competent advice. This service is now available for Schools and Academies to buy via the Bexley Services Network.

Bexley’s Corporate Health and Safety Policy (PDF, 79KB), applies in Community and Voluntary controlled Schools. Appropriate model local policies for all Schools are available in the resources area of BSN for SLA subscribers.

Health and Safety information

Schools should display a copy of the HSE's 'Health and Safety Law' poster, details are available at Health and safety law poster, free leaflet and pocket card.

How to complete the poster Health and Safety law poster what you need to know (PDF, 95KB)

Poster to complete with local information Health and Safety local arrangements poster (PDF, 956KB)

 

Please note that the reporting procedures for incidents in Schools have changed and they now need to be reported via MyView.

You will need to log in to MyView, and click on MyView Data Page -> Employee forms / surveys -> Health and Safety Home Page, where you can access the forms for both employee and third party incidents.

London Borough of Bexley has taken over the reporting of incidents to the HSE from Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools and those subscribing to our SLA.

There is guidance on what is legally required to be reported to the HSE. We have to report to the HSE injuries that lead to a worker being incapacitated for more than seven consecutive days, as the result of an occupational accident or injury (not counting the day of the accident but including weekends and rest days). We also need to report injuries to third parties (pupils, parents and other visitors) where they are taken directly to hospital. These reports must be made within 15 days of the accident.

Please note: Maintained Schools and those subscribing to our SLA should also inform London Borough of Bexley of any incidents they believe may be reportable to the HSE via schools.healthandsafety@bexley.gov.uk as well as reporting via MyView.

Asbestos

Asbestos in Schools is managed according to the LBB’s CP031 Asbestos Management Policy. In the event of an incident involving unplanned damage to Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) the Manager/Supervisor must immediately notify the FM Client Unit and follow their advice.

Design and technology

Schools should be registered with CLEAPSS and using the policies, risk assessments and other guidance available (login required).

CLEAPSS offer an emergency advice service to schools, and are located at Gardiner Building, Brunel Science Park, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PQ. They can be contacted at 01895 251496 or emailed at science@cleapss.org.uk.

Educational visits

Note - Latest advice on the Visits and Threats from Terrorism (PDF, 305KB).

Schools should be registered with EVOLVE and following their guidance, and having trips involving overnight stays, foreign travel or adventurous activities authorised (login required).

For queries relating to EVOLVE registration/login, please contact clive.atkins@btopenworld.com.

Electrical safety

The Electricity at Work Regulations require all electrical equipment to be properly maintained. Schools should have a procedure of formal periodic inspection/testing by a competent person/contractor.

New equipment should be visually checked but need not be tested (if appropriate) until the next routine check.

Second hand equipment and any equipment brought into school by staff should be fully inspected/tested (as necessary for the category of equipment) before being brought into use.

Events and lettings

Anyone using the premises to hold an entertainment event (where a premises licence is not in place) and/or supply alcohol by retail, must apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).

Risk assessments

Model Risk Assessments are available in the resources area of BSN for SLA subscribers.

Science (including radiation)

Schools should be registered with CLEAPSS and using the policies, risk assessments and other guidance available (login required).

Under the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999, any School using ionising radiations is deemed to be a radiation employer. A suitable Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) must be appointed for the type of work carried out in school science departments. The RPA for London Borough of Bexley is provided by CLEAPSS.

CLEAPSS offer an emergency advice service to schools, and are located at Gardiner Building, Brunel Science Park, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PQ. They can be contacted at 01895 251496 or emailed at science@cleapss.org.uk.

2018 to 2019 programme for Schools

Bookings for the following Health and safety training courses can be made on Bexley Services Network.

  • 2 October 2018 all day, Educational Visit Co-ordinators 
    New meeting room, St Columba's School
    New EVCs should attend (and useful update)
  • 4 October 2018 morning, Incident reporting and investigation
    Chaucer Room, Central Library
  • 5 October 2018 all day, CIEH Foundation certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
    Chaucer Room, Central Library
  • 16 October 2018 morning, Infectious Disease Control in Schools
    Chaucer Room, Central Library 
    Each School should send at least one person
  • 22 October 2018 morning, Practical manual handling
    Blackfen School for Girls
    Premises staff should attend every three years
  • 15 November 2018 morning, Manual handling and musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs)
    Chaucer Room, Central Library 
  • 20 November 2018 morning, Work at height and ladder safety
    Chaucer Room, Central Library
    Premises staff should attend every three years
  • 29 November 2018 morning, Principles of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
    Chaucer Room, Central Library 
  • 6 December 2018 morning, Slips and trips
    Chaucer Room, Central Library 
  • 4 February 2019 morning, Risk assessment for schools
    Chaucer Room, Central Library
    Each School should send at least one person
  • 14 February 2019 all day, CIEH Foundation certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
    Chaucer Room, Central Library 
  • 27 February 2019 all day, Two linked sessions
    Asbestos management (am), Legionella management (pm)
    New meeting room, St Columba's School
  • 4 March 2019 morning, Practical Manual Handling 
    New meeting room, St Columba's School
    Premises staff should attend every three years
  • 7 March 2019 morning, Work at height and ladder safety
    Chaucer Room, Central Library
    Premises staff should attend every three years
  • 16 April 2019 morning, Infectious Disease Control in School
    Chaucer Room, Central Library
    Each School should send at least one person
  • 7 June 2019 all day, CIEH Foundation certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
    Chaucer Room, Central Library 

There is a discount on all courses for Schools subscribing to the Health and Safety SLA.

More detailed information (including model Policies and Risk Assessments) is available in the resources area of BSN for those subscribing to our Service Level Agreement.

Name: Schools Health and Safety

Address:

Civic Offices
2 Watling Street
Bexleyheath
Kent
DA6 7AT
United Kingdom

Email: schools.healthandsafety@bexley.gov.uk

Name: Radiation Protection Officer

Address:

Civic Offices
2 Watling Street
Bexleyheath
Kent
DA6 7AT
United Kingdom

Email: rpo@bexley.gov.uk