Health and safety

Lone working and one-to-ones

Many educational professionals work alone as part of their everyday working lives. However, this can place you in a vulnerable position; it may be more difficult to summon help if you have an accident or fall ill, or you may be more exposed to violence or abuse at work.
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Well workplaces

The health of an organisation is founded on the welfare and well-being of those who work within it. Truly efficient and effective organisations tend to be happy places with low staff sickness absence.
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The role of safety rep

Most of us are aware that working in a poor work environment can be detrimental to health and performance. However, a poor work environment should not be viewed as a condition of employment. ATL members can change these conditions; as a health and safety rep, you can make your own workplace a better, safer and healthier place to work.
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Contractors

Changes in the way that schools and colleges are managed have resulted in the increased use of contractors on site, which can introduce new risks to the workplace.
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Health and safety training

The Health and safety at Work, etc Act 1974 requires employers to provide adequate information, instruction, training and supervision to enable work to be carried out safely.

Electrical safety

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

Stress management in the workplace

Stress is an adverse reaction that people experience when faced with excessive pressure. If the factors creating the pressure are not dealt with, that pressure can lead to mental and/or physical ill health (eg depression, nervous breakdown, heart disease).

Assertiveness and difficult conversations

How do you approach a difficult conversation? The framework below should give you a head start.

Overcrowding

ATL has become increasingly concerned about the lack of space in schools and colleges, where an ever-increasing variety of equipment has to be accommodated as well as enough room for student activities and provision for students with SEN or disabilities.

Workplace inspections

All parts of a workplace should be safe to use, whether internal or external. This means that floors, walls, ceilings, playgrounds, car parks and sports areas should be designed, built and maintained so that they do not pose a risk to users of the site.