1.1 The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires employers to provide whatever
information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far
as reasonably practicable, the health & safety of their employees. This is further
expanded by the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulation 1999, which
identify situations where health & safety training is particularly important, e.g. when
people start work or are exposed to new or increased risks.
1.2 On taking up a new appointment, line managers have a duty to ensure that all new
members of staff receive an effective health & safety induction, and understand the
relevant information given.
The new employee should be advised on the school policies and procedures that
will allow them to work safely, which will include arrangements for first aid, fire and
1.3 Where schools have an existing induction template it should be ensured that health
and safety issues are adequately recorded on this. It would be recommended that
such templates include a statement such as:
‘the schools health and safety policy has been provided and local arrangements
explained to me, and I fully understand my responsibilities toward health and safety’
1.4 To ensure that all the relevant information is supplied and that legal obligations are
met, the induction checklist contained within appendix 1 or the model school health
and safety policy, should be used as a guide as to what should be covered.
It is not practicable for these documents to specify all associated risks, hazards and
variations in practice that could occur. Thus these should be used templates, and
modified, taking into account local surroundings and circumstances.