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Health and Safety


To understand the importance of adhering to health and safety guidelines at school and in the workplace. To investigate how to minimise hazards in the workshop.

Key words:
Hazard, parallel, risk

Health and safety in the workplace/school Health and safety now plays a major part in all industries. As a worker/student you expect your employer/school to adhere to all aspects of relevant health and safety regulations. As an employee or student you should work in a safe manner at all times.

Health and safety in the workplace

All companies have a health and safety officer. He or she will deal with all issues relating to health and safety. His or her job is to create a safe working environment and working practices. They will look around the workplace, identify any risks and then recommend appropriate safety measures.

The role of the health and safety officer

The health and safety officer will: carry out a health and safety audit, noting potential hazards and risks draw up a health and safety manual issue safety wear to the relevant staff ensure safety equipment is accessible where it is required for a particular piece of machinery check equipment is calibrated, tested and has labels fixed displaying relevant information ensure necessary health and safety signs are displayed make sure that medical points are highlighted and fully stocked make sure that any new staff are trained and fully aware of the Health and Safety regulations.

Health and safety laws

Laws and guidelines are in place to protect workers. These are regulated by the UK and European Safety Laws.

The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) requires employers to identify potential hazards in the workplace and reduce risks to employees.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (1992) require European countries to comply with a common code of practice to make workplaces safe for all employees.

Health and safety guidelines

There are health and safety guidelines in place for your classrooms and workshops. When you are working on practical items you will need to identify and adhere to health and safety guidelines. You should ask yourself a number of questions. Are there any risks involved when using this equipment? Are there any risks involved when using these materials?

Do I need to wear any protective clothing?

Do my health and safety considerations need to change if my product is batch or mass produced? Will my end product be safe for its intended user?

You have two minutes to fill in the workshop licence!

Task one: Border a page!

Measure 10mm in from the edge of your page and mark at either end with a dot. Do this parallel to each edge. Match up the dots with a ruler.


Measure 10mm up from the bottom of your boarder and mark two dots. Join the dots up with a ruler.
Write your name, the date and your class at the bottom of your page.


You have two minutes to slowly walk around the room and take in the layout and identify any hazardous areas.

1. On your bordered page, draw a map of the work shop using a ruler. 2. Colour any hazardous areas in red.
Challenge: Use the words below to label parts of the workshop. Pillar drill, Band saw, tool cupboard, linisher, fire exit, work benches

Question time!
1. Name one machine only a member of staff can use. 2. Identify one hazard in the workshop. 3. What three things you cant do in the workshop.