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20 February 2015
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Teachers: pupil health and safety

Schools must pay special attention to the health and safety of pupils while on work placement or industrial visit. Here are some these simple guidelines:

When writing to confirm a work placement or visit, ask the employer to cover health and safety issues in the pupils’ induction. It is particularly important that the employer highlights

  • the emergency evacuation procedure
  • provision for First Aid and identifies any First Aiders
  • any other relevant health and safety policies

When preparing your pupils for a work placement or visit pupils should be taught to

  • expect health and safety awareness information during their induction period
  • recognise common health and safety signs found in the workplace
  • recognise their personal responsibility for their own safety

You can use our fun Health and Safety game and guidelines to teach your pupils about their health and safety.

A representative from the school should visit the work placement premises to ensure that it offers a safe environment for the pupils (the ideal solution is to ask a health and safety expert to visit and inspect all sites before placement).

A health and safety section should be included in the pupils’ Visit Progress Report so that a visiting teacher has a check list of relevant health and safety issues. This information should also be used during the review of the work placements/visits.

Although these measures cannot guarantee the safety of pupils on work placement/visit, they are reasonable measures to promote health and safety issues.

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