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)