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According to recent studies, 15% of the 11 million employees in Europe’s education sector, from teachers and cooks to administrative staff, have suffered physical or verbal abuse at work, sometimes at the hands of students, on other occasions disgruntled parents and other adults are the culprits...


The education sector has special hazards, risks, and issues to be considered as its function frequently involves the actitivies of children and young adults.

The information provided here is intended to assist those in the workplace who are seeking Good Practice information for the Education Sector. Along with material from the Agency are links to information providers and online documentation from Member States and outside the EU.

It is most important that before "good practice information" is implemented in the workplace, a suitable and sufficient assessment of the hazards and risks in the workplace is carried out. This assessment should consider all the risks and hazards in the workplace to ensure that there is a real reduction in the exposure of workers and other to harm rather than merely replacing one risk with another.

A risk assessment is nothing more than a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. The aim is to make sure that no one gets hurt or becomes ill. A risk assessment involves identifying the hazards present in any undertaking (whether arising from work activities or from other factors, e.g. the layout of the premises) and then evaluating the extent of the risks involved, taking into account existing precautions. The results of a suitable and sufficient risk assessment should help users choose which good practice measures are most appropriate.

The list below gives links to some sites in some Member States. For more complete information on material available in Member States, please refer to the good practice web pages of each Member State.

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