Health and Safety: Advice on Legal Duties

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Health and safety: advice on legal duties and powers For local authorities, school leaders, school staff and governing bodies February 2014 Contents Summary About this departmental advice Expiry or review date Who is this advice for? Key points General The Law What does assessing and managing risks mean? Tackling myths about legal action Duties as an employer Duties as an employee Training Trips abroad Reporting injuries and accidents Adventure activities using licensed providers Parental consent to off-site activities Local authority powers Role of the educational visits coordinator (EVC) Further sources of Information ANNEX A: Key elements of a health and safety policy 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 6 6 7 7 7 8 8 8 9 9 10 2 Summary About this departmental advice The Government is determined to reduce burdens on schools. We want to simplify health and safety requirements and explain them better. The Government is making it easier for schools to take pupils on trips, removing paperwork and taking steps to reduce teachers’ fears of legal action. Teachers should be confident that they know best how to look after pupils and keep them safe. This document summarises the existing health and safety law relevant to schools and explains how it affects local authorities, governing bodies, headteachers and other school staff. It covers activities that take place on or off school premises, including school trips. Advice on driving school minibuses is now provided separately. This advice document replaces a number of guidance documents on health, safety and security in schools, including Health and Safety: Responsibilities and Powers (2001) and Health and Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits (HASPEV 1998). Independent schools - Please note that the amended Independent School Standards Regulations 2010, which came into effect from 1 January 2013, no longer require proprietors
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