As there is a large amount of building work due to start shortly in and around Leicester schools it's worth reminding members that employers have "a duty to consult 'in good time' with safety reps on the introduction of any measure, including the introduction of new technologies, which may affect the health and safety of the employees" (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977).
Clearly 'consult' does not mean telling us what they are going to do! School management should actively seek out the opinions of school Safety Representatives before decisions are made.
Nut Health and Safety Representatives' Training Course
The next training course for school safety representatives will take place at the NUT's national training centre, Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham, from 3rd to 7th December 2007. This is open to all school Health and Safety Representatives who have not previously been on the course or who originally attended more than 5 years ago.