Audits and workplace inspections
Welcome to the H&S Audit and Workplace Inspections for Schools page!
The four documents below are the start of the new set of forms and papers for schools to undertake their own workplace inspections.
Document one: Schools' Workplace Inspection (SWPI) checklist - for any educational establishment to use. Useful for a termly walkround - can be used by Premises Responsible Persons / Managers and / or Senior Leaders and also for Governors. There is guidance within the document but one thing which cannot be advised enough is that of involving your staff! Teachers and TAs are the ones who really know their classrooms, and caretakers are invaluable when it comes to finding out what's really happening with the buildings. Have a look at the document and see if it's useful to you. Feedback welcomed!
Document two: A more Detailed Record Sheet for Workplace Inspections (referenced DRSWPI) for when there might be multiple problems in one area, or where you want to record ongoing concerns over time. You can also use this sheet in conjunction with a risk assessment. Again, useful for the PRP to manage issues, and also for caretakers for daily checks in those problematic areas. This sheet has some examples filled in for you so you can see how it works.
Document three: This Classroom Checklist form has been compiled by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for use by schools in their classrooms. When I visit schools and talk about this type of form, I encourage the Premises Responsible Person to get the teachers to do these checks - they know their classrooms best, and can then take 'ownership' of any concerns that arise. Some teachers are even getting their pupils involved! Worth doing at a time-frame which suits the type of class base, but I would say half termly is a good average. You can of course add to this form as you wish.
Document four: A regime of tests and inspections which need to be undertaken in your premises.