As well as having robust health and safety procedures and policies, schools should teach children about risk, safety and health so they have the skills to keep themselves and others safe

In light of the government’s ‘super inquiry’ into urban toxic air, Christian Lickfett examines why indoor air quality can be ten times poorer than outside

Winter months pose a number of additional dangers to both pupils and school staff. RoSPA’s Nathan Davies offers advice on how to tackle them with a ‘risk aware’ attitude.

Falling foul of fire safety legislation can mean thousands of pounds in fines that could have been avoided if the correct steps were taken, writes the Fire Industry Association

Ensuring that everyone who uses a school site does not come to harm is a wide-ranging and challenging job. Fiona Riley, chair of IOSH’s Education Group, and health, safety and facilities manager at a large independent day school, explains how it can be done.

False fire alarms can play havoc with a school day, as well as place huge strain on the fire services. But there are ways to reduce the number of incidents, advises the Fire Industry Association.

Following the recent death of a teacher in Buckinghamshire due to asbestos cancer mesothelioma, the Independent Asbestos Training Providers examines the scale of the problem and what can be done about it.

With children spending over eight hours of the school week outside, the exposure to UV radiation should be a concern to both parents and teachers, says Marie Tudor of SKCIN.

Nathan Davis, water and leisure team leader at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, talks about the importance of safety management during school building work.

First aid – going beyond the call of duty

The benefits of knowing first aid go beyond being able to apply a bandage. St John Ambulance’s Andrew New discusses first aid in schools, and the importance of teaching the next generation.

Despite the media turmoil, there are some simple and effective actions that schools can take to ensure the safety and well-being of students during school playtimes, says Neil Coleman of OPAL.

The importance of considering safety

When it comes to indoor furniture and outdoor play equipment, the same health and safety considerations apply, advises Caroline Wright, BESA’s director general designate.

Health and Safety

Dave Garioch, Chair of the Education Group at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and health and safety manager at London Borough of Sutton, examines who is responsible for health and safety during school refurbishment projects.

Craig Evans, general manager of the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) explains how the Association’s latest training initiative is promoting the need for essential asbestos training for all tradesmen, and for those who may encounter the substance in school buildings.

The teaching of Design and Technology in schools is both a challenging and exciting prospect. Jon Parker, Lead Health and Safety Consultant at the Design and Technology Association, discusses the best ways to minimise risk and enhance learning

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