Duties of governors

Governors of schools and colleges play a vital role in the management of health and safety and in the allocation of funds to ensure safety.

Generally, the health and safety responsibilities for school and college governors are the same and can be summarised as:

  • ensuring that the school/college complies with legislation and follows best practice in the management of health and safety

  • making sure that adequate health and safety resources are available to meet health and safety requirements

  • ensuring that staff and students are not exposed to unacceptable risks, and that significant risks are adequately controlled

  • making sure that monitoring procedures are in place for health and safety, either through direct observation or via discussions during the governors' meetings.

To meet these responsibilities, governors need training and information on the health and safety legislation that applies to schools and colleges. Training for governors is generally arranged by LAs or other organisations that provide the necessary information to assist governors in fulfilling their legal responsibilities. In addition, governors need access to the school's/college's policies and procedures, audit and inspection reports, and accident and incident information.

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.

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