Please see Health and Safety Assessment for Work Experience Placements - A Good Practice Guide, produced by the National Work Experience Partnership Group September 2006
1.0 Learner entitlement
All learners are entitled to be fully briefed on the expectations of work experience. They should be fully prepared and have an understanding of the environment they are about to enter and the risks and controls that are necessary to make that environment safe.
The school/college should ensure that the learner is fully prepared before going on to work experience.
3.0 Delivery and support
The WEO and the employer should liaise with the school/college to ensure that the pre-placement preparation is appropriate. The WEO may provide additional support to schools/colleges through presentations, workshops or by providing relevant literature.
The following is a possible, non-exhaustive list of topics to be covered to give learners a basic understanding of health and safety requirements:
- Their rights and general responsibilities.
- Why health and safety is important.
- Hazard and risk, including some examples and the most effective ways to control risks.
- The duties of the employer and their own personal responsibilities to work and behave safely.
- The importance of reporting accidents, ill health and obtaining first aid treatment.
- Types of emergencies that can occur and the importance of observing emergency procedures in the work place.
- The main types of safety signs and notices.
- Proper use of personal protective equipment and clothing.
- The fact that there may be prohibited or restricted activities, equipment and areas when they start their work experience placement.
Learners should also be informed that they should receive a full health and safety induction when they start their work placement. In addition they should receive the details of the person who they or their parents/carers can contact if they have any urgent concerns about the work experience programme.