Advice and guidance about health and safety at work including information on issues around personal health and safety plus advice on key workplace issues.

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Key issues

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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.

  • Advice Violent threatening silhouette of man wielding a knife behind frosted glass window
    Violence in schools

    Advice about violence issues in schools, in particular how this should be tackled by employers.

  • Advice Group of children screaming during storytelling
    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

  • Advice Stressed teacher with multiple coffee cups
    Tackling stress

    Excessive workload and working hours are continually cited by teachers as one of the main causes of their workplace stress.

  • Advice Hand held supportively
    Work and suicide

    If someone is threatening imminent suicide call 999 and stay with them until the emergency services arrive.

Workplace issues

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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.

  • Advice Science lesson
    Work Equipment

    Employers must seek to ensure, again ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’, that non-employees are not exposed to risks to their health or safety.

  • Advice Group of children with coach in school gym
    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.

  • Advice Teacher up ladder in library
    Slips, trips and falls

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

  • Advice Hand washing
    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.

All Health and Safety advice by topic tag

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  • Advice on what to do when reporting accidents and injuries which happen in schools.

  • A guide to what anaphylaxis is, and how to support pupils at risk

  • NEU guidance on the law and practical advice on electrical safety in schools

  • Advice on the procedures for dealing with emergencies in schools.

  • This NEU briefing provides guidance to safety representatives and members on taking action to reduce the incidence of accidents and injuries due to falls from height, including the legal requirements on employers, practical steps which can be taken and sources of further advice and information.

  • Advice on the requirements for first aid provision in schools

  • Advice on the health and safety issues relating to lifting and handling that school staff face while at work
  • How to reduce the incidence of accidents and injuries in schools due to slips, trips and falls.

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

  • This is a guide to using the data which has been made available via the DfE Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP). It aims to assist local officers in extracting information about asbestos in schools in their area, and in seeking to fill in some of the gaps.

  • 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.
  • A model letter which can be sent by parents to the head teacher of their child’s school to request information about asbestos in the school

  • The purpose of this guidance is to suggest practical ways in which the school and college environment can be improved for women who are going through the menopause.

  • This briefing sets out NEU advice on the requirements of the fire legislation covering schools and on fire safety precautions to be followed in schools. It takes account of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

  • Every year, many schools are damaged or destroyed by fires, affecting the education of thousands of pupils, and causing millions of pounds worth of damage. The impact of fires is significantly reduced by fitting sprinklers in schools.

  • Advice on what precautions to take when a case of viral hepatitis arises in a school or where a known carrier of the disease is a pupil in the school.
  • 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.
  • General advice about how to manage cases of infectious illness in schools, including when children should be absent.
  • The symptoms, treatments and preventative measures that should be taken in schools to avoid outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.
  • Information about meningitis and what should be done when an outbreak occur in a school.
  • This briefing gives information about tuberculosis (TB) and steps to be taken when cases arise in schools among students or teachers.

  • Knowledge about the greater risks of Covid-19 to specific individuals and groups has grown during the current crisis.
  • NEU leadership members are key to supporting women going through the menopause in the workplace. As a leader, you’re not alone. Collaboration between leaders, governors, workplace reps, health and safety reps and a staff support network can go a long way towards creating a supportive environment for women experiencing menopause symptoms at work.
  • As a school leader, it is important to ensure that your school is a great place to work, with a happy and healthy workforce and low levels of sick leave.

  • As teachers and school staff often work on their own, there are some key health and safety issues that employers must consider.
  • NEU advice on risks of lone working and what can be done to counter them.
  • It is common for teachers to offer private tuition to students. Before doing so, there are several important issues to consider, such as legal and insurance protection and health and safety issues.

  • Advice for teachers and support staff on the administration of medicines

  • A guide to what anaphylaxis is, and how to support pupils at risk

  • Guidance on what asthma is, what can trigger it, and how to support pupils at risk

  • Guidance on issues regarding pupil incontinence, and how schools can adopt policies to help.
  • Information and guidance for school staff to support the uninterrupted education of children with diabetes.

  • Advice on how to deal with epilepsy and seizures in schools, including how to recognise when a pupil might be having a seizure.

  • How to tackle the problem of head lice in schools, including facts about head lice and head lice treatment

  • Advice for school staff to support the uninterrupted education of children with sickle cell disorder and thalassaemia.

  • NEU leadership members are key to supporting women going through the menopause in the workplace. As a leader, you’re not alone. Collaboration between leaders, governors, workplace reps, health and safety reps and a staff support network can go a long way towards creating a supportive environment for women experiencing menopause symptoms at work.
  • The menopause is an occupational health issue for women educators, as well as being an equality issue. It is important that schools and colleges are suitable workplaces for menopausal women. The purpose of this guide and checklist for reps is to signpost you to advice, and to support you in improving workplace conditions for menopausal women.
  • The purpose of this guidance is to suggest practical ways in which the school and college environment can be improved for women who are going through the menopause.

  • This guidance document is aimed at NEU members who are worried that their mental health is suffering because of the demands of their work. It will also be of use to NEU members who are considering returning to work following a spell of absence due to a mental health condition.
  • Excessive workload is a key cause of mental health problems among teachers and education professionals. This advice explains what to do if you are struggling with mental health and outlines the different ways you can get support.

  • The NEU offers an online staff stress survey as a resource for local officers, reps and safety reps to assist them gather evidence about stress levels within a school and establish the causes and impact of this workplace stress.
  • In response to requests for assistance with undertaking stress surveys, a system has been developed which enables the NEU to provide an online staff stress survey as a resource for local officers, reps and safety reps.
  • As a school leader, it is important to ensure that your school is a great place to work, with a happy and healthy workforce and low levels of sick leave.

  • It is important to understand the extent of governing body’s responsibilities for managing health, safety and welfare of teachers and ways in which the NEU and governors can work together to safeguard the mental health of teachers.

  • This advice explains the ‘resilience’ approach, why it does not lead to meaningful improvements for employees and how safety reps should instead seek to tackle work related stress in their school or college.
  • 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.
  • Excessive workload and working hours are continually cited by teachers as one of the main causes of their workplace stress. This advice explains how to tackle stress at a local level in your workplace.

  • If someone is threatening imminent suicide call 999 and stay with them until the emergency services arrive.

  • Advice on the main health, safety, welfare and legal factors surrounding animals in schools.

  • Educational visits can be of substantial benefit to the education and development of pupils.

  • This page outlines the key legal requirements for drivers and operators of school minibuses and describes the support school staff should be given before they agree to drive a school minibus.

  • Advice about health and safety on school trips, including legal rights and obligations.

  • Information for school staff who transport children in their own car on the law and regulations regarding child car seats and seatbelts.
  • Advice for teachers and school staff who teach swimming or supervise swimming, including qualifications, training and safety.

  • NEU Guidance for Reps and Local Officers

  • This briefing examines the various means by which branches can attempt to secure adequate levels of paid time off for health and safety advisers to perform their various functions and the legal provisions which can be used to support them.

  • This NEU briefing tells you about the framework of health and safety law - in particular about the legal duties placed on employees, employers and others by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and about other sources of health and safety law.

  • This briefing considers 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.

  • The menopause is an occupational health issue for women educators, as well as being an equality issue. It is important that schools and colleges are suitable workplaces for menopausal women. The purpose of this guide and checklist for reps is to signpost you to advice, and to support you in improving workplace conditions for menopausal women.
  • NEU Guidance for members, reps and local officers.

  • The NEU offers an online staff stress survey as a resource for local officers, reps and safety reps to assist them gather evidence about stress levels within a school and establish the causes and impact of this workplace stress.
  • In response to requests for assistance with undertaking stress surveys, a system has been developed which enables the NEU to provide an online staff stress survey as a resource for local officers, reps and safety reps.
  • NEU Guidance for Members, Reps and Local Officers around the development and implementation of photograpic policies in schools

  • This briefing advises safety reps on the steps to be taken in arranging and carrying out safety inspections and preparing inspection reports

  • This briefing sets out the objectives and benefits of safety committees, in addition to advice and guidance on their composition, inception, and remit.

  • Safety representatives play a vital role in promoting safety in the workplace. This briefing covers the appointment of safety reps and their rights and functions.

  • NEU Guidance for Members, Reps and Local Officers on how health and safety reps can use their powers can work with members to address excessive workload.

  • Advice on classroom acoustics and reducing the risk of vocal strain on teachers

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

  • Guidance on maximum class and room sizes

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

  • Advice on the heating levels in schools and classrooms in England, and how to deal with the various types of heating problems which are commonly encountered during cold weather and snow.

  • Advice on the heating levels in schools and classrooms in Wales, and how to deal with the various types of heating problems which are commonly encountered during cold weather and snow.

  • Advice on what employers need to do to protect staff from the problems caused by wood dust and MDF dust.
  • 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.
  • Advice on responding to flood alerts in schools and dealing with the aftermath.
  • Supporting NEU members in schools which suffer particularly badly in times of extreme heat.
  • Hot summers bring regular queries about the maximum temperatures under which staff and pupils should be expected to work in schools.

  • Mould is a health and safety issue as it can cause a variety of health problems.
  • This advice sets out advice and guidance on playground supervision to allow children to play safely.

  • Frequently asked questions in relation to staff car parking on school premises. It includes information on provision of school car parks, charges for car parking, car park safety and malicious damage to cars.
  • Advice on legal requirements and good practice for construction work in schools and a stage-by-stage guide to the role of safety representatives.

  • Advice about school security, in particular at security arrangements and methods to deal with intruders.

  • A quick guide on what to do in severe winter conditions or adverse weather.

  • There is a vast range of legislation on health and safety matters which applies in whole, or in part, to schools. This briefing identifies those which will be most relevant and the areas which they cover.

  • There is a vast range of legislation on health and safety matters which applies in whole, or in part, to schools in Wales. This briefing identifies those which will be most relevant and the areas which they cover.

  • How schools can help protect pupils from sun exposure and advice around sunscreen.
  • Advice for teachers on voice care, including spotting problems, simple preventative measures and information on how and when to seek appropriate specialist help

  • Excessive workload is a key cause of mental health problems among teachers and education professionals. This advice explains what to do if you are struggling with mental health and outlines the different ways you can get support.

  • The NEU offers an online staff stress survey as a resource for local officers, reps and safety reps to assist them gather evidence about stress levels within a school and establish the causes and impact of this workplace stress.
  • In response to requests for assistance with undertaking stress surveys, a system has been developed which enables the NEU to provide an online staff stress survey as a resource for local officers, reps and safety reps.
  • 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.
  • Excessive workload and working hours are continually cited by teachers as one of the main causes of their workplace stress. This advice explains how to tackle stress at a local level in your workplace.

  • If someone is threatening imminent suicide call 999 and stay with them until the emergency services arrive.

  • Health and safety issues for supply teachers, including those employed directly by local authorities, schools and academy trusts and those employed via supply agencies. Supply teachers have to adapt quickly to changing surroundings but will not be as familiar with schools’ policies and security arrangements as the permanent teaching staff.

  • Advice on the heating levels in schools and classrooms in Wales, and how to deal with the various types of heating problems which are commonly encountered during cold weather and snow.

  • There is a vast range of legislation on health and safety matters which applies in whole, or in part, to schools in Wales. This briefing identifies those which will be most relevant and the areas which they cover.

  • NEU leadership members are key to supporting women going through the menopause in the workplace. As a leader, you’re not alone. Collaboration between leaders, governors, workplace reps, health and safety reps and a staff support network can go a long way towards creating a supportive environment for women experiencing menopause symptoms at work.
  • The menopause is an occupational health issue for women educators, as well as being an equality issue. It is important that schools and colleges are suitable workplaces for menopausal women. The purpose of this guide and checklist for reps is to signpost you to advice, and to support you in improving workplace conditions for menopausal women.
  • It is essential that health and safety in schools should be gender sensitive and appropriate.

  • The purpose of this guidance is to suggest practical ways in which the school and college environment can be improved for women who are going through the menopause.

  • NEU Guidance for Members, Reps and Local Officers on how health and safety reps can use their powers can work with members to address excessive workload.