Schools are responsible for the provision of all appropriate equipment for all work environments workers are likely to encounter in their work, and to ensure that the equipment is up to appropriate design standards.
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Leadership is a critical element of a workplace’s health and safety culture. Leadership sets the direction for health and safety management by creating and demanding expectations, and by holding management strictly and continuously to account for meeting these expectations.
How you can meet your responsibilities
- Arrange for a board to walk around the school, getting to know the environment and its risks
- Include Health and safety as a fixed agenda item at your meetings.
- Look at your policies – how much dust is on them, set regular reviews?
- Know about worker health and safety matters and keep up-to-date.
- Gain an understanding of the operations of the school and the hazards and risks generally associated with school operations.
- Ensure the Board of Trustees has appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise those risks.
- Ensure the Board of Trustees has appropriate processes for receiving information about incidents, hazards and risks, and for responding to that information.