These resources are designed for the unique set of safety challenges that school employees face.

Safety for schools

We've compiled short discussion guides meant to help school administrators and employees prevent common injuries and illnesses in the classroom and beyond.

Find a link to each guide at the bottom of this page, or download the full guide for your next safety meeting.


School district employee safety management assessment
Created to provide school districts with best practices for the prevention of employee injuries.

Safety for schools: Short discussion guides

Designed to help school administrators lead a short training and discussion with teaching staff.
Individual discussion guides:

Entire guide of short trainings and discussions.

Creating healthy workplaces for all staff (OEA Choice Trust)

Healthy school environments (EPA)
Resources to establish, maintain or enhance a school environmental health program.

Indoor air quality: Tools for schools program (EPA)
Interactive tools to develop your own indoor air quality program.

Safe work practices for custodians (WorkSafeBC)
This interactive web book for custodial work focuses on ergonomic issues and solutions.

Special education

General safety in the special education classroom
This handout addresses general safety in the special education classroom.

Strategies for safety in special education
This resource discusses proactive management strategies for safety in special education.

Reducing the risk of injury to child care workers (WorkSafeBC)
A collection of information sheets covering many common child care tasks that includes tips for preventing musculoskeletal disorders.

Safety for schools: Short discussion guides

Designed to help school administrators lead a short training and discussion with teaching staff.

Injuries often happen at the beginning of the school year, when teachers are setting up their classrooms. Refer to our discussion guide on setting up the classroom safely.

Slips, trips, and falls result in many school district injuries. Many falls involve unsafe behaviors, such as using a chair or a trash can as a step stool. Read our short discussion guide.

Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of classroom injuries. Our short discussion guide offers ways to prevent them.

How can you reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls on ice, snow, and wet surfaces? See our short discussion guide for ways to prevent these injuries.

Watch a video on the importance of staying active as a way tp prevent injuries and illness. And find questions and topics in our short discussion guide.

Slips occur when there is too little traction between the footwear and the walking surface. Our short discussion guide goes over when you need to replace your footwear.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of workplace fatalities and are life-altering for everyone involved. View our short discussion guide on ways to prevent accidents.

Insufficient sleep has been linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, medical errors, and obesity. Use our short discussion guide to talk about impriving sleep.

What are some tasks people perform at home that would be safer with PPE? Find out in our short discussion guide.

Children are efficient germ carriers. A few simple changes may help prevent the spread of disease in the classroom. Learn more in our short discussion guide.

What tasks may increase our risk of injury during end-of-year clean-up? See our short discussion guide for answers and actions you can take to stay safe.

Download the entire safety for schools discussion guide as a PDF to print or share at your next safety meeting.

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