Keeping safe at work

Injuries to teachers

The biggest risks to people working in the education sector are:

  • manual handling (e.g. lifting or moving objects, assisting students in special schools and repetitive movements such as typing)
  • stress (e.g. from work pressures, harassment and bullying)
  • slips, trips and falls
  • machinery and equipment
  • dealing with people who could be aggressive or could exhibit unpredictable behaviour

Managing health and safety in the education sector is complicated by:

  • the increasing use of contractors, on-hired workers, temporary staff and volunteers
  • the decentralisation of OHS duties to each worksite (e.g. each school, campus, stand-alone library or museum)
  • the diversity of workplaces involved, ranging from small single-teacher schools through to large universities, and from small museums to large state libraries
  • the public has access to these workplaces during lectures, meeting, concerts and other events

WHSQ have a series of fact sheets aimed at helping you identify where injuries often occur based on accepted workers' compensation claims. Find out the most common injuries to teachers here.

Last updated
23 March 2014