School Workers Health and Safety Guide

Recognize and control health and safety hazards associated with school occupations.

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Designed and written as a practical workplace training and reference tool. This 165-page pocket guide is filled with clear-language text including safety tips, charts, diagrams, checklists and illustrations.


This is your guide to working safely in schools and other educational institutions. It will enable you to:

  • Recognize workplace hazards.
  • Prevent accident and injury by safe work practices and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Deal with accidents and emergencies.
  • Understand your duties and rights as given in occupational health and safety legislation.
  • Contact government departments to find additional health and safety information.


This guide covers workplace conditions and work practices involved in teaching programs, extracurricular activities, and facility maintenance in schools. The subject matter is selected to suit the occupational health and safety needs of teachers, sports activitiy coordinators, school administrators, school board employees and facility management staff. It provides safe work practices for performing a wide range of tasks.

Target Audience

This guide is for workers, supervisors, teachers, principals, school board officials, and health and safety committee members in schools and other educational establishments.

In this guide, supervisor means the person to whom you report. A supervisor could be a Principal, Vice Principal, Office Superintendent or Facility Manager.

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