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School - fire safety education
The Children and Young People's Service believe that the heath and safety of all young people and adults involved in or affected by school activities, whether on or off-site, is of paramount importance. We seek to ensure not only the health and safety of our employees but also that of all other persons who are affected by school activities, including the children and young people attending North Yorkshire establishments and all other persons visiting these establishments.
Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 overall responsibility for health and safety is placed with the employer. For community and voluntary controlled schools, community special schools, maintained nursery schools and pupil referral units, this is the Local Authority (LA). For voluntary aided, trust and foundation schools, the employer is the governing body.
Under this Act the employer has a duty to ensure as far as is reasonably practicable:
The Children and Young People's Service aims to provide consistently high quality health and safety support and guidance through the Schools' Health and Safety Service and works with Headteachers and Governors to implement and improve health and safety management systems in all North Yorkshire educational establishments. The service also has a formal Health and Safety training programme to ensure that all staff are given the relevant training.
Health and safety in schools - frequently asked questions