Schools, colleges and universities are dynamic, busy places with a number of hazards and risks. Potential hazards include young people, laboratory work, art studios, PE and extracurricular events.
Health and safety training will equip staff with the knowledge and skills they need to identify potential hazards and take preventive measures, thus minimising the likelihood of accidents and injuries.
As well as injury or death, non-compliance can lead to litigation, fines and reputational damage so there are a number of rules and regulations aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of students and staff. Health and safety training is essential for legal compliance and risk management.
A sensible approach to health and safety training will focus is on real risks with the potential to cause harm, and not on wasting resources on trivial matters and unnecessary paperwork. By fostering a culture of safety and preparedness, schools and universities can not only meet their legal obligations but also provide a safe working and learning environment for everyone.