The three main reasons for managing health and safety in schools are:
Accidents at work can lead to serious injury and even death.
Work-related ill-health and occupational disease can lead to both absence from
work, long term medical issues and, in some cases death - the proactive
management of health and safety in the workplace helps organisations prevent
injuries and ill-health at work.
Any accident or incidence of ill-health will cause both direct and indirect
Direct costs could include: claims on employers and public liability insurance, damage to
buildings or equipment, the absence of employees, fines resulting from
Indirect costs could include: recruitment and training of replacement staff, accident investigation
time along with any remedial action required.
It is an employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their
employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers
must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this.
This means making sure that workers and others are protected from anything that
may cause harm, effectively controlling any risks to injury or health that
could arise in the workplace.
Health and safety offences are concerned with failures to manage risks to
health and safety and do not require proof that the offence caused any actual
harm: The offence is in creating a risk of harm.
General and specific advice, guidance and support is available, that can help schools
achieve compliance with the related statutory requirements via Ed Farrelly
- Lewisham Health and Safety Advisor to schools, who can be reached using the
contact details on this page - please get in touch if you have any concerns.