09/13/2004

New factsheets about health and safety in the education sector

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has published three
factsheets to help teachers and other staff in the education sector minimise
the risk of violence and other health hazards.

The three factsheets include:

  • Prevention of violence to staff in the education sector (No. 47): Describes
    the principal causes of violence against staff and the main steps organizations
    need to take to assess and minimise the risks. It includes a checklist of
    issues that should be considered when formulating a plan, such as the design of
    the premises, behavioural strategies and administrative controls.

  • Occupational health and safety in the education sector (No. 46): Highlights
    the main risks, such as bullying, stress and slips, and the procedures required
    to control them, including risk assessments. Five of the most common hazards
    are also identified for action, including the risks of falls, poorly maintained
    floor surfaces and the need to mark transparent glass to prevent injuries from
    breakages.

  • Management of occupational safety and health in the education sector (No.
    45): Provides a framework for evaluating and assessing the risks, from
    identifying the most vulnerable people and situations to allocating
    responsibility for managing the risks and monitoring progress. There is also an
    overview of EC legislation governing safety and health in education, including
    employers' and employees' legal responsibilities.

The Agency has also produced a special Web feature providing more in-depth
guidance, case studies of good practice and links to organizations offering
relevant information and health and safety advice. It also includes an on-line
forum for discussing key issues.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work