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Health & Safety in Schools

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Why is health and safety in schools important?

The three main reasons for managing health and safety in schools are: 

Moral obligations

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. 

Financial implications
Any accident or incidence of ill-health will cause both direct and indirect costs.

Direct costs could include: claims on employers and public liability insurance, damage to buildings or equipment, the absence of employees, fines resulting from prosecution.

Indirect costs could include: recruitment and training of replacement staff, accident investigation time along with any remedial action required.  

Legal implications
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.

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