This letter and its response appeared in the May/June edition of the NUT Magazine "The Teacher":
Q. have been advised that when organising work experience placements for my students, I need to undertake a risk assessment for each placement. Is that really the case? If so, there is no way my school could continue to run a work experience programme.
This is not the case. There are no health and safety regulations that require a school to carry out workplace risk assessments for work experience placements. It is up to the employer to have appropriate risk management measures in place and for the school to be satisfied that this is the case. There is no need to duplicate the activity. Health & Safety Executive guidance on work experience is available here.