Health & Safety Bulletin: October 2015

Welcome to this Health and Safety Representatives bulletin. The aim of this bulletin is to support you in the valuable work you undertake on behalf of your colleagues in making your school a healthier and safer place to work, and to assist you in using health and safety as an organising tool in your school.

Health and safety reps training – North West region, Haydock Park Hotel, Haydock
4th December 2015, and 7th March and 23rd June 2016
Regional training for health and safety reps is being held in the North-West region. Reps in neighbouring regions can also apply. Email to book a space.

Trade union bill threatens workplace health and safety
The Government’s proposed Trade Union Bill is a direct threat to workplace health and safety.

Informing emergency services of asbestos
The Control of Asbestos at Work 2012 regulations require dutyholders to inform the emergency services about the location and condition of asbestos. Check your school leaders are aware of this.

Teacher stress – guidance and surveys updated
The NUT teacher stress guidance and stress surveys have recently been updated here.

Tackling HIV discrimination – TUC guidance
The TUC has recently published guidance for union reps on tackling HIV discrimination in the work place.

Hazards conference 2015 and 2016
This year’s annual Hazards conference was held on 4th – 6th September 2015. The dates for next year are 29th – 31st July 2016 – put the dates in your diary and considering attending next year.

Asbestos contamination risk in crayons
A number of crayons imported from China were found to be contaminated with asbestos. Read on “” which were contaminated and make your school leaders aware of this.

Health and safety for supply teachers – new briefing
A new NUT Health and Safety briefing for supply teachers on legal responsibilities, accidents and injuries, higher risk pupils, sick pay and stress.

Safer internet day – 9 February 2016
The NUT is supporting this global event, with the theme ‘Play your part for a better internet’. More information is available on “”.