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Health and safety in educationHealth and Safety in education is important. Educational environment include nurseries, schools, academies, colleges and universities.  These environments can be seen as hazardous due to the varied activities carried out and the potential immaturity / inexperience of the pupils / students.

Common mishaps in educational environments include:

  • cuts and bruises to staff as well as pupils / students
  • rapid spread of disease / viruses
  • back aches from manual handling (carrying heavy loads without a mechanical aid)
  • slips, trips and falls
  • fires (as a result of electrical equipment or arson)

The law requires that any UK working environment that is under the control of an organisation with at least 5 employees, must hold valid and up-to-date health & safety documentation.

For educational environments the required documents are:

Health and Safety Risk Assessments and Training