Health & Safety Policies

Health & Safety policies are a legal requirement for every school, which set out your commitment to safe working practices. Not only do they state your declaration to keep your establishment legally compliant, but they help to keep your employees, pupils and visitors safe.

Without a Health & Safety policy in place, you could be fined up to £20,000 in a Magistrate’s Court, and an unlimited sum in the Crown Court. To help you with compliance, Citation will create a bespoke Health & Safety policy that is tailored to your school’s internal and external activities, update it when needed, provide you with a means to distribute it, and visit you once a year to ensure everything is still relevant.

By choosing Citation, our sister company, to help with your Health & Safety policies, you will benefit from:

  • 24/7 access to market-leading experts
  • Proactive legislation updates
  • Easy distribution among employees
  • Ongoing policy amendments
  • Digital audit trails of who has viewed and signed their policy

Why are Health & Safety policies important?

Health & Safety policies significantly improve the overall safety of your school by reducing the risk of accidents and injuries, ensuring everyone within your establishment adopts a positive approach to safety, and keeping you on the right side of the law.

To be truly effective, each area of your Health & Safety policy must be tailored to your school, distributed, read and understood by all employees, and updated in-line with relevant legislative or establishment changes.

What is included in a Health & Safety policy?

Health & Safety policies can be broken down into six core sections: introduction, policy statement, environmental statement, safety management structure, Health & Safety responsibilities, and individual policies.

Your individual policies will cover everything from accident reporting, asbestos management and emergency plans, to fire safety, manual handling and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). The size and complexity of your policy will largely depend on the size of your school, and the level of risk associated with the activities you carry out.

Who governs Health & Safety policies?

The requirement to have a written Health & Safety policy in place falls under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Every employee has a responsibility to ensure they and people in their care are looked after. However, if an accident were to happen at the fault of an employee, it is very unlikely that they will be prosecuted against as an individual. Usually, the claim will be brought against the employer or appointed person, as it is they who have public liability insurance.

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