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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The use, inspection, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment and installations in schools and colleges is legally required to be managed effectively.
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).
How do you approach a difficult conversation? The framework below should give you a head start.
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.
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.