Frequently asked questions
Q. How do I change my login password?
Q. Do teachers running educational visits need qualifications or safety training?
Q. Does the HSE enforce legislation for overseas trips?
Q. Who has legal responsibility for school trips and can this be delegated?
Q. Who enforces legislation for school trips?
Q. What is the relevant legislation in relation to school trips?
To do this, click the grey bar labelled 'Change your password'.
You will need to enter or copy & paste your existing password into the first field and then enter your new password into the next 2 fields, the new password must be at least 6 characters long and can contain numbers and letters.
If you make a mistake, a message will appear in the top green bar, click update when you're done.
For more information please visit the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/services/education/faqs.htm#school-trips
Any incident occurring overseas is outside HSE's jurisdiction and HSE will not investigate or take action in relation to the actual circumstances of the incident itself. Whether criminal charges should arise from such incidents would be a matter for the relevant national authorities to consider and pursue. Some countries may allow parents and other parties to institute civil actions or private prosecutions following death or injury.
HSE can, however, consider any circumstances relating to activities carried out in Great Britain to support a particular visit which may reveal systemic failings in the management of school trips. This could include general management arrangements, i.e. risk assessments for the activities, training and competence of staff, co-operation and co-ordination with other parties.
Health and safety functions (but not accountability) can be delegated to members of staff within the school to fulfil health and safety responsibilities on behalf of the employer.
Teachers organising and taking part in school visits off-site accept responsibility for the care and welfare of pupils, and they act in loco parentis. They will also have duties as employees and/or managers under health and safety at work legislation.
The Act is supplemented by regulations which make the general requirements more explicit.
Key regulations are:
• The Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999, which require employers to undertake risk assessments and put measures in place to control the significant risks;
• The Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004, which require certain providers of facilities for adventure activities to be licensed.