Health and safety


Illness or injury at work, or caused by work, can impact on your performance, confidence and motivation. Health and Safety regulations and sick leave policies exist in schools to protect teachers as well as students, so it is important that teachers are supported in following them.

The legal picture

A number of Health and Safety regulations apply to all workplaces, for example:

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Sections 2(3), 3 and 4
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

In addition, a range of other regulations applies to factors ranging from Asbestos to Display Screen Equipment.

Schools also have to follow The Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999.

The process

Your school will have a Health and Safety policy, which should include a clear delineation of the responsibilities for different elements of Health and Safety (e.g. premises, catering) and name the people to whom concerns should be reported. The school premises should be regularly checked for Health and Safety issues. A school governing body or academy council may have a committee or link governor responsible for Health and Safety, which may fall under the remit of premises or resources.


If you are suffering from a long-term health condition or have experienced injury or illness due to your working conditions and would like advice, edapt can provide HR and legal services to ensure you are protected at work. 

Next steps

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