Factsheet 45 - Management of occupational safety and health in the education sector


Occupational safety and health (OSH) in the education sector has to be managed. This can be done in several ways, but in all models there are the same core steps: plan the assessment in consultation with the workforce; identify the hazards; decide who may be harmed, how, and where; assess the level of risk and decide on action; take action to eliminate or reduce the risk; monitor and review the actions. Risks to health and safety in education may affect not only employees, but also pupils, students, and visitors. This factsheet is for everyone who is involved in the process of managing occupational safety and health, including head teachers, teaching and other school staff, health and safety representatives, and relevant external safety and health services. It is intended for workplaces where teaching is performed, from kindergarten to university.

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