Health & safety advice

The Department for Education published health & safety advice in December 2012. The document summarises the existing health and safety law relevant to schools and explains how it affects local authorities, governing bodies, headteachers and other school staff. It covers activities that take place on or off school premises, including school trips.
This advice document replaces a number of guidance documents on health, safety and security in schools, including Health and Safety: Responsibilities and Powers (2001) and Health and Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits (HASPEV 1998).

The following policy statement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is also relevant: ‘School trips and outdoor learning activities: Tackling the health and safety myths’.