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Manual for Principals and Governors

Manual for Principals and Governors


Ensuring a healthy and safe environment for staff, pupils, and visitors is an essential part of any school manager’s responsibility and to do this successfully, an effective health and safety management system should be in place.  

To assist schools to fulfill their statutory requirements and develop a robust health and safety management system, the EA health and safety practitioners have prepared a manual for use by principals and governors in EA schools.  This manual provides clear and straightforward information on the issues which need to be considered by senior management when developing a health and safety management system tailored to their school.

It includes guidance on the following topics:

  • Accident prevention
  • Accident reporting
  • Administering medication
  • Asbestos
  • COSHH - Blank risk assessment template
  • Display screen equipment
  • Educational visits
  • Emergency planning
  • Fire safety
  • Fire safety - Fire measures log book
  • Fire safety - PEEP
  • Fire safety - PEEP questionnaire
  • First-aid
  • Glazing in schools
  • Guidance on the use of a fitness suite in Post Primary Schools
  • Guidance for traffic and pedestrian management on school and educational establishments
  • Health and safety monitoring
  • Health and safety policy
  • Management of contractors
  • Managing health and safety in schools
  • Notification to Parent of Head Injury
  • Portable electrical appliances
  • Prevention and management of needle stick injuries
  • Risk assessment
  • Security
  • Swimming – guidance for Primary Schools
  • Violence in schools
  • Visits to open farms and animals in schools guidance
  • Writing an emergency evacuation procedure



The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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