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Hazards and Risks

Schools are involved in many activities that present a range of hazards. These hazards and associated risks must be managed to ensure the safety of staff, students and others. Information about managing common hazards is included in this section.

Each of the following topics include departmental procedures and guidelines, resources, legislation and related links. Click on the subject area for more information.

Built Environment refers to buildings, structures and other infrastructure at the school site. Information about asbestos and CCA treated timber is also available on this page.

Chemicals and hazardous substances need to be managed according to specific processes to meet legislative requirements. Access to Chemwatch is also available through this site.

Curriculum Activities may involve a range of risks that need to be carefully managed to ensure the safety of all students, staff or other participants involved in the activity. This page provides links to curriculum activity risk management procedures and guidelines for a range of sports, recreation, art, craft, manual arts, agricultural, and other activities.

Driver and Vehicle safety. Many departmental staff are required to drive as part of their role. On this page you will find information about why driver and vehicle safety is valued by DETE as well as some easy ways you can improve the safety of yourself and others when driving and when managing driving and vehicles.

Dust is usually generated by mechanical processes such as sanding, grinding and sawing. This page provides information on dust hazards and control measures.

Electrical safety is paramount in the school environment. This page provides information on electrical safety legislation and specific processes that must be followed in event of an electrical incident.

Equipment and machinery needs to be maintained and serviced appropriately and used according to safe operating procedures.

Emergency Planning is needed for a range of critical incidents including fire, explosion, chemical release, violence or dangerous weather conditions.

First Aid provides information on first aid kit items, practices, facilities, personnel and emergency medication.

Infection Control covers areas such as immunisation, safe disposal of needles and syringes, Q fever, CMV, head lice and hand washing.

Manual handling and ergonomics refers to the management of manual handling risks in the school environment including resources on student handling and office ergonomics.

Noise control measures to be put in place by schools to prevent noise induced hearing loss caused by exposure to excessive levels of noise.

Playgrounds and outdoor areas require systems to be implemented to minimise the risk of injury associated with playground equipment, sporting equipment and the surrounding physical environment.

Working at Heights requires safe systems of work to prevent falls.

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This page was last reviewed on 09 May 2014

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