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As a governing board, you have the responsibility for overseeing health and safety in your school. Learn more about what responsibilities you have and how to effectively delegate those duties.

The following information can be found in non-statutory advice on health and safety from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

If you're looking to scrutinise your school's coronavirus health and safety measures, see our article here.

Legal responsibility

Legal responsibility for health and safety lies with the employer of the school. Having legal responsibility means having the responsibility for identifying and managing risks.

It also means assuming liability for health and safety matters. For example, if the governing board is the employer, it would be the defendant in any suit against the school (and the suit would be against the board as a corporate body, not against the individuals – it would be very rare for an individual governor to be personally liable for health and safety, provided you act "honestly, reasonably and in good faith" [section 4.5]).

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