Last reviewed on 23 July 2020
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Use our role description to define your responsibilities, get tips on monitoring your school's compliance and download a list of questions you might ask during a school visit.

Our thanks to our associate education experts for their advice: David New, Bill Dennison, Keith Clover and Steve Ward.

Role and responsibilities

A health and safety link governor isn't a statutory requirement, but many governing boards choose to have one.

As link governor, it's your role to take the lead on the governing board's health and safety responsibilities, but be sure to keep your role strategic.

For example, don't carry out any health and safety checks or inspections yourself, but do hold school leaders to account for completing them. 

We have a role description that goes into greater depth:

Monitoring visits

Whether you're monitoring in person or