Health and Safety

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Health and Safety legislation requires that the Headteachers and Governing Bodies of all schools and academies have access to up-to-date health and safety advice. The professionally qualified Health and Safety Advisers provide comprehensive advice and support services tailored to help your school to fulfil its legal duties in a practical, sensible and proportionate manner.

If you are a newly appointed headteacher to Buckinghamshire and require information on health and safety please contact or ring 01296 674412.

Policies and Guidance

Headteachers need to have a Health and Safety Policy for their school. If you buy in the Health and Safety Service or are a maintained school there are model policies on the SchoolsWeb to help you to discharge your responsibilities, including a helpful Health and Safety Assessment Checklist.

Accident, Incidents and Near Miss Reporting (AssessNet)

Headteachers need to ensure that accidents, incidents and near misses are recorded with RIDDOR reportable accidents reported direct to the Health and Safety Executive as required. Maintained schools need to use AssessNet which is a free online accident reporting system. User accounts can be set up by contacting the health and safety team at

All high-risk cases reported will be investigated to ensure that appropriate remedial action is put in place and trends established.


Headteachers and Health and Safety Co-ordinators of maintained schools must attend a nationally recognised Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Managing Safely Course. Contact to book a place.

Headteachers are ultimately responsible for the management of asbestos, legionella and fire safety within their school. These duties can be managed on your behalf by a delegated staff member and training can be booked through

To ensure training is in place all courses require refresher training on a three yearly rolling programme.

Key Contact
Caron Owens

Health and Safety
01296 382906

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