A Guide to Safe Practice in Art & Design
8.1 Additional References and Sources of General Information
The following additional references and sources of general information may be helpful.
A to Z of Materials
a very useful on-line materials information site, supplier and expert directory can be accessed at:
British Standards Institution
The UK national standards body. Although government funded, the institution is independent. The BSI
interprets international technical standards for the UK, and also sets its own. For consumer goods, it sets
standards that products should reach (the BS standard), as well as testing products to see that they conform
to that standard (as a result of which the product may be given the BSI kite mark).
British Standards Institution, 389 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4AL
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8996 9001
Fax: +44 (0) 20 8996 7001
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (formerly the Institute of Ceramics) Health and Safety in Ceramics: A Guide
for Educational Workshops and Studios (1991), ISBN 090 1092428. Available from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace,
London SWlY 5DB, price £10.00 plus £2.00 (photocopy available only). Tel: 020 7451 7300
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (1994): COSHH: a brief guide to the regulations
can be accessed at: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg136.pdf
The Department for Education and Skills has safety information on its web site at
Display Screen Equipment
HSE Work with display screen equipment (2002), ISBN 0 7176 2582 6, price £8.95.
HSE Dust: general principles of protection (1997), ISBN 0 7176 1435 2, price £5.50.
HSE The Law on VDUs: An easy guide (2002) ISBN 0 7176 2602 4, price £8.50.
Health and Safety Executive
The complete HSE Books Catalogue can be accessed at
Much information is freely available on line at www.hse.gov.uk|
The Health and Safety Executive publishes the following documents specifically for the education sector:
- Managing health and safety in schools (1995) 0 7176 0770 4 £5.95
This publication describes the key elements of effective health and safety management systems in
schools. It will help employers, head teachers, other managers and staff review existing procedures
and ensure effective health and safety performance.
- Electrical safety and you (1996) 0 7176 1207
This leaflet gives basic health and safety information about the use of electricity at work. It sets out basic
precautions and explains the dangers. As well as explaining how to carry out a risk assessment, it also gives
advice on how to work with electricity as safely as possible.
- Managing work-related stress A guide for managers and teachers in schools (1998) 0 7176 1292 9 £6.95
- Safety policies in the education sector (1994) 0 7176 0723 2 £5.00
- Violence in the education sector (1997) 0 7176 1293 7 £6.95
- Health and safety guidance for school governors and members of school boards (1998) 0 7176 1298 8 £5.95
- Managing health and safety on work experience A guide for organisers (2000) 0 7176 1742 4 £6.50
- Reporting of school accidents (1997)
- Do you work with chemicals and other materials in educational establishments? (1986)
- Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 Guidance for the education sector (1996) 0 7176 1049 7
- Check it out Risk assessment for young people 2003 0 7176 2351 3 £30.00 + VAT
HSE Electrical Safety and You (1996) ISBN 0 7176 1207 4
HSE Electricity at Work: Safe working practices (2003) 0 7176 2164 2 £7.95
HSE Maintaining portable electric equipment in offices and other low risk environments (1996) 0 7176 1272 4
HSE Maintaining portable and transportable electrical equipment (1994), ISBN 0 71 760715 1, price £5.00.
Gas and flammable liquids
HSE Storage and Use of Highly Flammable Liquids in Educational Establishments (1986), (IAC/L15) free from HSE Books.
HSE leaflet Gas Appliances - keep them serviced - keep them safe (1994), (Ind(G)79(L)) free from HSE Books.
A comprehensive guide to all United Kingdom legislation post 1988, including health and safety at work, can be
found on Her Majesty's Stationery Office website:
HSE leaflet Signpost to the Safety Signs Regulations (1994), free from HSE books.
HSE Safe use of woodworking machinery (1998) ISBN 0 7176 1630 4 £8.00.
BS 4163 Code of Practice (1984) Health and Safety in Workshops Schools and Similar Establishments.
BS 5498 Specification for the Safety of Hand Operated Cutting Machines (1977).
BS 5304 Safeguarding Machinery (1975).
HSE Safe Use of Work Equipment (1998), ISBN 0 7176 1626 6, price £8.00.