Health & Safety

Employers must ensure that they meet all statutory requirements as laid out in the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974.

Schools and colleges

The Local Authority (LA) has a number of Local Codes of Practice (LCoPs) in order to support maintained schools to meet these requirements. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also provides guidance for education establishments to support them manage significant risks for children, students and members of staff. It also provides a breakdown of the roles and responsibilities of employers, governors, school leaders and staff. 

Childcare and Early Years Settings

Like all employers, childcare and early years providers, have a legal duty to manage the health and safety of the premises they operate from. The Health and Safety Executive provides a wide range of guidance and support including:

  • Legal duties outlining the minimum processes and procedures that employers must have in place to meet the legal requirements
  • Managing for health and safety - aimed at owners, trustees and line managers to ensure appropriate health and safety arrangements are in place