Who is responsible for Health and Safety at School?
The simple answer is everybody – the Board of Trustees, the Principal, staff, parents and others. But there are specific responsibilities for specific roles.
- Collectively, the Board of Trustees as a legal entity holds the primary duty of care to ensure the health and safety of everybody involved with school (staff, children, parents, members of the public) 'so far as is reasonably practicable'.
- Individually, the Board of Trustees members including the principal are 'officers' under the new Act. They are responsible for exercising due diligence to ensure the school is meeting its health and safety obligations. They need to assure themselves the school has the appropriate policies, procedures and resources in place and to monitor them.
- Principals, as well as being officers, are workers. In this capacity, like all staff they must make sure that nothing they do (or don't do) affects their own health and safety or others in the school.
- Parents and other visitors also have a responsibility to take reasonable care of their own and others health and safety. Read more…