Ensuring that pupils, staff and visitors are safe in school and when engaging in school activities is a key responsibility for education providers. Schools must comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have a health and safety police that sets out management arrangements for risk management, details of how risks are controlled and be reviewed regularly especially when activities or risks change. Schools need to ensure that a competent person is appointed to provide guidance on health and safety risks.
The Employer is responsible for school health and safety, although day-to-day responsibilities are often devolved to schools. Who is the employer is dependent on the type of School. The local authority is Employer for Community schools and Community nurseries, governing bodies for Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools and Academy Trusts for Academies and Free Schools.