The Department for Education is committed to operating a best practice yet proportionate fire, health and safety (FHS) management system, recognising its importance for enabling an efficient organisation, by minimising unnecessary losses and liabilities.
The department is also committed to annually reporting its FHS performance and its plans for proactive development of strategic FHS management.
During 2012 to 2013, the department’s FHS management system has been subject to continual improvement, reflecting best practice and a common sense approach. This included review of policies and procedures and communicating these to both internal and external stakeholders.
Significant progress has been made in strengthening the department’s statutory and occupational health and safety compliance assurance and monitoring systems. This has enabled the effective use of resources and management time to ensure that, where required, timely remedial action is taken on a risk-based approach.