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Health & Safety for Music Teachers

Taking responsibility for safety issues

As a teacher working in a school, institution or at home you should know your rights and responsibilities regarding health and safety.

On this page you will find information about:

  • Health and Safety whilst teaching in school
  • Risk Assessment for self-employed music teachers

In the workplace

You must take responsibility for your own Health & Safety while on school premises. Any activity undertaken by you must not cause any harm to others.

Think about any possible health and safety issues there might be in your teaching space, bearing in mind that you must comply with the school’s Health & Safety procedures while on-site.

While on school premises you should ensure that you are aware of the school’s procedures with regards to:

  • Pupil/teacher behaviour
  • The evacuation procedure in the event of a fire or major incidents
  • First aid provision
  • Accident reporting
  • The procedures for raising a health and safety issue

Self-employed Teachers

If you are a self-employed teacher it is helpful to carry out a risk assessment that essentially lists all the tasks you carry out, the possible risks and what you should do to reduce or mitigate them.

Steps for risk assessment:

1. Look for hazards. These may include such things as electrical equipment,noise exposure and trip hazards. Decide who might be harmed and how.

2. Evaluate the risk arising from the hazards and decide whether existing precautions are adequate or if more should be done. Be sure to ask:

  • Can I eliminate the hazard altogether?
  • If not, how can I control the risk so that harm is unlikely?
  • Record your findings

3. Review your assessment from time to time and revise if necessary.