Health and Safety
Become a Health and Safety Representative
Every year, far too many teachers are injured at work or suffer illness and ill-health brought on by their work. Statistics show that workplaces with safety reps are safer than ones without them. The NUT’s support for its members and its work on health and safety can cut the number of teachers who suffer in this way - protecting NUT members, saving schools money and benefiting pupils’ education.
Teachers have the right to work in a safe, healthy and comfortable workplace. Your health and safety is not a luxury. The NUT can help make sure your rights are observed both individually and collectively. Why not consider becoming an NUT health and safety rep?
What NUT health and safety reps can do
Teachers should have the protection of the wide range of basic minimum standards of health and safety in the workplace. These cover issues ranging from adequate temperatures and lighting levels to precautions for safety on school trips, ensuring asbestos is safely managed and reducing stress at work. Most health and safety concerns can best be addressed collectively.
NUT health and safety reps can support their colleagues by exercising their wide range of legal rights . They can:
Make representations to the employer on behalf of NUT members on health, safety and welfare issues;
Investigate accidents, dangerous occurrences, potential hazards or complaints from NUT members;
Obtain information from the employer that is relevant to health and safety issues such as risk assessments, plans for building work etc;
Carry out safety inspections in the workplace;