Health and safety

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Control of asbestos

It is now illegal to use asbestos in the construction or refurbishment of any premises, yet it is estimated that more than 1.5 million workplace properties still contain some form of asbestos.

Civil law

It is possible to claim compensation for ill health or injury at work by instituting legal proceedings for personal injury under civil law, which essentially deals with problems between individuals.

If you have been assaulted

This page sets out the steps that you should consider following a physical assault.

Health and safety - 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.

Electrical safety

The use, inspection, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment and installations in schools and colleges is legally required to be managed effectively.

Emergency procedures for off-site visits

Emergency procedures should be clearly set out in written policies for educational visits, and every group leader should have a checklist for immediate action in an emergency.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces health and safety law in most schools and colleges. In some areas, this responsibility may fall to the local environmental health department.

Exposure to asbestos

Asbestos-related illnesses claim between 3,000 and 4,000 lives each year, mainly from cancers of the lungs and chest linings, caused by breathing in air containing asbestos fibres.


There are a number of factors that should always be considered when transporting pupils/students, or when making arrangements for pupils to be collected from school.

First aid

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 place a duty on employers to provide adequate first aid to staff that are injured or become ill at work.