The Health and Safety Executive produces guidance on a number of health and safety issues, which will often be a great help to those with responsibility for health and safety, especially safety reps.
The main purpose of such guidance is to:
interpret the law and help people understand what the law requires
help people comply with the law
give technical advice.
It is not compulsory to follow guidance, and employers are free to take alternative action. However, if they do follow guidance, this is usually enough to comply with the law.
Lists of all HSE guidance can be found on the HSE website.
Need further advice?
Your first point of contact is your ATL rep in your school or college. Your local ATL branch is also available to help with queries, or you can contact ATL's member advisors on tel: 020 7930 6441 or email us. Please have your membership number to hand when telephoning and include it with any correspondence - this will help us to answer your query more quickly.