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Welcome to Hertfordshire County Council's Education Health and Safety Manual

The topics are arranged alphabetically, so all you need to do is select the initial letter of the subject you are looking for, and select the link you require. if you can't find the information you are looking for, you can always contact the Education Health and Safety team on 01992 556478.

For example if you are looking for guidance on personal safety select P and select Personal Safety from the list.


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Last Updated 21 Mar 2018





Accident/Incident Reporting and Investigation

Handling and Keeping Animals in Schools: Health and Safety Issues

Asbestos Arrangements

This guidance previously available via Compass will be made available on the Grid shortly.

Summary of Asbestos Management
Asbestos Permission to Work Flowchart in schools only
Asbestos Authorising Officers training record
Asbestos briefing Warm air heaters (Jan 2014) in schools only
Asbestos Permission to Work form
Asbestos in Second World War Gas Masks in schools only


Audit (Health and Safety):
Safety Audit Monitoring Systems

Audit (Health and Safety) Inspection Checklists:

Governors and Management Inspection Checklist

School site inspection checklist

Curriculum Specific Checklists for KS3 -5




Blind Cord and Chain Risk Assessment

See the Early Years section for information about blind cord safety.

Bloodborne Viruses
Hire and Use of Bouncy Castles




Class Size
Communicable Diseases (and Infection Control)
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Word 2003, 110kb/6 pages, December 2007, coshh.doc
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) - Risk Assessment Form
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) - Risk Assessment Guidance Notes
Chemical Substance Inventory
Chemical Substance Inventory Example
Schools’ Chemical and Waste Disposal Annual Exercise
Managing Contractor Health and Safety




Design & Technology Health & Safety
DfE Advice on Health and Safety for Schools
Display Screen Equipment
Dogs on School Premises


Drama and Performance:

Drama and Public Performances
Drama and Safety Code
Licensing for Public Performance
Technical Production Issues
  • Word 2003, 113kb/19 pages, February 1998, sec_v_c.doc




Evac-Chair Visual Inspection Checklist
Eye Sight Test Form
Safe Working with Electricity
  • Word 2003, 54kb/3 pages, September 2000, sec_s.doc
Portable Electrical Equipment
Equipment / Power Tools

Risk assessment documents are available under Recommended Assessments at:




Basic First Aid Advice (HSE)
Finger Trapping Accidents
First Aid Arrangements in Education Establishments

Please visit the guidance on Fire Safety available on the Grid at:

Firework Displays and Bonfires on School Premises
Food Allergies

Allergens - Food Intolerance

Form for Record of Student/Pupil with Special Diet Requirments

Guidance Notes

Food Hygiene Advice
Hertfordshire Catering Food Safety Policy



Electrically Powered Gates




Health and Safety Law
Hot Works Permit in schools only



Inflatable Play equipment see under B (Bouncy castle)

Infection Control and Communicable Diseases - see under C

Inspection checklists see under A - Audit (H&S) inspection checklists

Induction (Health and Safety)




Legionella Guidance for Premises Managers

This guidance previously available via Compass will be made available on the Grid shortly.

See under P - Personal Safety and Loneworking




Maintenance and Inspection Requirements
Managing Medication in Schools
Medical Conditions - Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Sample Policy
Minibus Driving Licence Guidance

Model Policy - H&S
see under P- Policies

Mobile Phone Safety




Guidance on Norovirus in Schools
Norovirus - Frequently Asked Questions
Norovirus Draft Letter to Parents




Offsite Visits Manual
The Offsite Visits Manual is available on the Grid link below:

Outdoor Play Equipment
Outdoor Play Equipment Checklist




PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan)
Personal Safety and Loneworking
Physical Education


HCC overarching Health and Safety Policy Statement

CSF Health and Safety Committee

Policies - Model

Model Health & Safety Policy for Schools

Model Establishment Policy for LOtC




Managing Risk in the Curriculum
Risk Assessments
Risk Management




Safe Practice In Swimming Pools
PWTAG code of practice

Details on technical operation of pool based on the 2009 PWTAG book, Swimming Pool Water: treatment and quality standards for pools and spas

PWTAG Typical pool problems

Practical advice from PWTAG's book, Swimming Pool Water. It should ideally be used in conjunction with the book

Safeguarding: Physical Security and Visitor Control
Science - KS3-5
Snow and Ice 2017
Slips, Trips and Falls
Sun Protection

Guidance for schools including policy guidelines on sun protection can be found on the following website:






Trampolining Safety Guidance



Violence and Aggression




Work at Height

Please visit the guidance on work at heights available on the Grid at:

Work Experience FAQ's
Waste Disposal