British Standards Education

Health and Safety

Health and SafetyTeaching Design and Technology presents both a challenging and an exciting experience. Yet where teachers work needs to be a safe and secure environment. Best practice comes from staff who are knowledgeable about relevant aspects of Health and Safety and who, as a result, feel confident in managing and maintaining a healthy and safe workplace.

Well-qualified staff are empowered to identify hazards and assess risks, and can quickly determine how best to minimise, remove, or control such risks within an educational environment.

Are you working to the British Standard Code of Practice?

The code of practice BS 4163:2014: Health and Safety for Design and Technology in Educational and Similar Establishments, sets clear expectations about the Health and Safety training required of everyone working in design and technology.

What are the expectations of the Code of Practice?

The British Standard code of practiceexpects all Design and Technology colleagues to be trained to the standards set out in the D&T Association publication, ‘Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology’.

These standards provide the benchmark for Health and Safety training in Design and Technology. They will give you the training, competency, and accreditation to meet the requirements of this code of practice.

What are the D&T Association Health and Safety Training Standards?

  • Primary Standards
  • Core Level Standards - how you manage H&S
  • Specialist Extension Levels - covering all the high risk activities in D&T
  • for Site Staff

What type of training is required?

Depending on your experience and certification, you may need either initial or refresher training:

Initial training is required by those with little or no previous experience or certification on specific training standards.

Refresher training is for those who can confirm that they have had previous training and experience on specific equipment and machinery, but their skills need updating or their D&T Association certification is out of date.

Health and SafetyHow long does it take to train?

Training will always be led by one of our D&T Association Registered Design and Technology Health and Safety Consultants (RDTHSCs). They work to a code of practice as part of our quality assurance procedures. Minimum contact times are set for the delivery of all of the training standards when delivered to groups of staff.

How to book a training course

You can search for training courses across the country. Our RDTHSC’s are listed by region and can be contacted directly so you can quickly and easily plan and organise tailored training within your own establishment, or within a group of local schools.

We also offer ‘’ training for and schools, which is provided by one of a team of food specialist RDTHSCs. This is a one-day course fully covering the Secondary Food Health and Safety Training Standards and Level 2 Food Safety certification.

How much will training cost?

All the training courses advertised on our website are priced per head. RDTHSCs will confirm their daily or hourly consultancy fees for training in schools and colleges with you.

Accreditation fees of £24 per head are payable directly to the RDTHSC for initial or refresher training.

Who can attend Health and Safety training courses?

The Association has a number of courses running throughout the year, all of which can be found on the page of the website, and are avaliable to all wishing to attend. Follow the step-by-step guide to sign up and find the course suitable for you.

Become a Health and Safety Consultant

If you are suitably qualified and experienced in Design and Technology, you can apply to become a Registered Design and Technology Health and Safety Consultant (RDTHSC) - see Associated Files box, below. (Both teachers and technicians may apply.) This qualification will enable you to provide the relevant training for teachers to obtain accreditation on the D&T Association Health and Safety Training Standards.

RDTHSCs work to a code of practice and must follow quality assurance procedures and practices. To maintain your professional knowledge and competence, you will be required to attend the Health and Safety conference and initial/refresher training courses organised by the D&T Association.


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