The responsibility on schools to ensure the safety of their pupils while on school transport has always been important, but it’s gained greater prominence in recent years. This advice identifies the key elements that must be addressed to ensure the risks to everyone involved in school transport are minimised.
Who has responsibility for school transport?
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, all employers are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their employees and non-employees, so far as is reasonably practicable. Supplementary regulations include the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999, which requires employers to carry out risk assessments and put measures in place to control any significant risks.
The control of many health and safety related activities is generally delegated to the school under the requirement of the employer to appoint someone competent to ensure health and safety duties are carried out. School leaders and their staff must follow any guidance that may be issued by the employer, whether this is the local authority (for community and voluntary controlled schools), the governing body (for foundation, voluntary aided schools and academies) or the proprietor (for independent schools).
Page Published: 14/12/2015