All workplaces now have to consider the safety of their workers.

From an office environment considering, lighting, seating arrangements, regular breaks and comfort facilities, to a factory floor working with specialist machinery, hygiene and physical operations, to a construction site environment working with large scale materials, machinery and environmental factors.

Below you will find resources which you may find helpful in teaching the concepts of safety.

Risk Radar (P5-P7, Second Level CfE)

We regularly run live online Risk Radar sessions available Scotland wide.

Three digital lessons are delivered allowing pupils to examine different types of risk likely to be encountered on a day to day basis and how they can be mitigated against. 

There is also a focus on the dangers associated with construction sites and a session with a Health and Safety Professional on the call.

Have a look at the teacher guide for more information or contact us for the next dates for these sessions.

Es and Os HWB 2-16a, HWB 2-17a, HWB 2-20a, LIT 2-02a

Ticks & Lyme Disease Guidance (S1-S6)

This document aims to make people working on projects aware of situations where ticks may be a risk, how to reduce the risk of tick bites and what measures to take if you find a tick on your person, or find a tick bite.

This could be used to support a biology or as preparation for a field trip.

Es and Os HWB 2-16a/3-16a/4-16a, HWB 2-17a/3-17a/4-17a                                           

Biosecurity (S3-S6)

Biosecurity is a term used for procedures or measures designed to protect people and the environment against harmful biological or biochemical substances.

This guidance is for general use by all the people who work on a project and sets out simple good practice/ instructions.

This helps identify and minimise risks therefore helping prevent the accidental transfer of pests, disease and non-native species.

This helps people to stay safe while they are working on site, and to protect the environment from our activities.

This could be used to support a biology or as preparation for a field trip.

Es and Os HWB 2-16a/3-16a/4-16a, HWB 2-17a/3-17a/4-17a                        

HSE Safety Statistics from March 2015 to March 2016 (S4-S6)

This HSE Safety Statistics document provides injury and fatality statistics from March 2015-2016 in the Construction and Agriculture sectors for Perth and Kinross Council and The Highlands Council.

This resource could be used to support discussion on Health and Safety and its importance, as an introduction to the need for risk assessments or in maths or numeracy to practice interpretation of data.

Es and Os HWB 2-16a/3-16a/4-16a, HWB 2-17a/3-17a/4-17a, MNU 4-20a                     

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – RoSPA

The link below will take you directly to RoSPA Road Safety.

From here you can click on ‘Advice and Information’ where further links to relevant sections for children, parents and teachers can be found.

The teacher section has useful road safety resources for primary and secondary schools.

If you return to the Road Safety link and click on the ‘Road Safety Observatory’ you will find a wealth of independent research and information on a variety of road safety topics.

Simply choose a topic and click to explore further.                   

CLICK HERE to access the website

Network Rail Level Crossing Map Data Sources

Level crossings fall into five distinct categories but each is unique so Network Rail and their rail industry partners have developed a standardised method for assessing crossing risk.

Factors taken into account include frequency of trains, frequency and types of users and the environment and where the crossings are located.

This website provides further details, it includes a useful function that allows users to search for any level crossing in the UK and the results can be seen on a map.

The safety rating, type of level crossing and who is permitted to use them can also be found. Find out what it says about your nearest level crossing!

We need to know where these are as it is very important to the design process as engineers need to consider if they are potentially going to do anything that could increase the use of level crossings or if they can do anything to make them safer through the proposals for the road.

CLICK HERE to access the website

Health and Safety Executive

The link below will take you directly to the health and safety statistics on the Health and Safety Executive website.

This contains published statistics covering all aspects of ill health and injury at work and the financial implications.

Click on ‘Health and Safety Statistics 2016’ on the right of the page to open a summary of statistics in a reader friendly format.

Follow the second link below to view specific statistics regarding the construction sector.

CLICK HERE to access the Statistics

CLICK HERE to access the Industries