Health & Safety

2.8 Young People’s Health & Safety


All workplaces are covered by The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. The aim is to protect employees and to impose responsibilities on employers as they can be heavily fined if they breach the act. There are also duties imposed on employees.
Employers have to display information about the act in a visible location.
There are also a number of regulations, in addition to the original act, which have been introduced to apply to specific areas of Health & Safety.
In the case of a school these would include;-
Reporting Injuries, Diseases & Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
The Children Act 1989
Food Handling Regulations 1995
Alongside the government regulations, a setting may also have its own bespoke Health & Safety procedures. These could include no running in certain areas, limiting the number of children in any one area at a time or banning the use of bicycles and scooters within school grounds.


Ongoing monitoring of Health & Safety is vital to maintain the safety of everyone on site. There should be a designated person with responsibility for carrying out regular walk-rounds to check for potential hazards. Any hazard discovered should be recorded and reported immediately and rectified as soon as possible. It could be something as simple as a box stored on top of a cupboard which could pose a threat if it fell down, or something more obvious such as an electrical cord left trailing across the floor where it could be tripped over.
All electrical items must have annual checks from a qualified electrician for safety. Fire extinguishers should be checked annually and dates recorded on the side.


Health & Safety should be discussed at any meetings and staff should be regularly reminded about any issues. In the case of a specific hazard being located, all staff should be advised quickly, and the school should have a procedure for doing this.