Statutory risk assessments: checklist and guidance

Stay compliant and keep your pupils, staff and visitors safe with our checklist of the risk assessments you need to have in your school. Plus, see advice on when to do a risk assessment.

Last reviewed on 19 April 2024See updates
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  1. You must assess health and safety risks to your employees and others
  2. Pregnant staff
  3. How to decide whether you need a risk assessment
  4. Requirements for written records
  5. Brief staff on the basics 
  6. Review regularly

You must assess health and safety risks to your employees and others

You don't need a standalone health and safety risk assessment to meet this requirement. 

Instead, make sure staff know exactly which risk assessments apply to their role, workplace and activities. Make sure staff read these in full. 

Download our checklist to help you meet this requirement.

KeyDoc: statutory risk assessments – checklist DOC, 192.5 KB

The checklist covers:

Please note: there may be other areas for which you need to assess risks, depending on your school's facilities and activities.

Pregnant staff

If you're aware that a staff member is pregnant, or there's an expectant mother in your school, you must consider this when assessing risk. 

As soon as an employee tells you they're pregnant, you have

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