Duties and responsibilities

Buildings and environment

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    Asbestos in schools

    Advice on dealing with asbestos problems in schools, including the law on asbestos removal and management in schools.

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    Tuberculosis in schools

    This briefing gives information about tuberculosis (TB) and steps to be taken when cases arise in schools among students or teachers.

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    Work Equipment

    This briefing outlines the specific health and safety regulations relating to the use of work equipment in schools and colleges.

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    Health and safety for supply teachers

    Health and safety issues for supply teachers, including those employed directly by local authorities, schools and academy trusts and those employed via supply agencies.

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    Voice care for teachers

    Advice for teachers on voice care, including spotting problems, simple preventative measures and information on how and when to seek appropriate specialist help

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    Stress risk assessment

    A stress risk assessment is a careful examination of what in a workplace could cause staff to suffer from work-related stress, so that you can weigh up whether you have done enough, or should do more to prevent harm.

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    Slips, trips and falls

    How to reduce the incidence of accidents and injuries in schools due to slips, trips and falls.

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    Who is responsible for health and safety?

    Who is responsible for the management of health and safety in schools and colleges and the respective roles of the employer, governing body, head teacher and other staff of the school.

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    Lifting and handling

    Advice on the health and safety issues relating to lifting and handling that school staff face while at work

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    Infectious diseases in schools

    General advice about how to manage cases of infectious illness in schools, including when children should be absent.

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    Hygiene control in schools

    Advice on the appropriate hygiene procedures for schools which will help to prevent the spread of blood-borne viruses such as HIV and hepatitis A, B and C, and conditions such as dysentery.

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    Facts about asbestos in schools

    At least 86 per cent of schools contain asbestos, all of it old and much of it deteriorating. Unless your school was wholly built after 1999, it is extremely likely that it contains asbestos.

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    Asbestos in schools

    Advice on dealing with asbestos problems in schools, including the law on asbestos removal and management in schools.

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    Dust

    Advice on what employers need to do to protect staff from the problems caused by wood dust and MDF dust.

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    Classroom ergonomics

    The issues around ergonomics in classrooms and good practices for school staff.

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    Fit Note

    What Fit Notes are, when and how they are used by employees and employers, changes that can be suggested by your GP and the Fit for Work service.

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    Diabetes in schools

    Information and guidance for school staff to support the uninterrupted education of children with diabetes.