Work experience essentials: a health and safety guide for young people

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St John Ambulance has produced this resource for teachers to deliver to students aged 14-18 about to embark on work placements.

The resource contains three lesson plans which cover a background in health and safety; risk assessment and first day of work experience.

Alongside this there are fact sheets which can be interspersed with the lesson plans to enrich the subject topics covering five important areas of health and safety: lifting and moving objects, slips, trips and falls, working with hazardous substances, machinery noises and vibrations, working with display screen equipment. Furthermore there are scenarios; teachers’ sheets and an image bank to all help support the delivery and learning.

We believe it is of great importance that students are properly prepared to deal with potential hazards that might arise in the work place and to also ensure they are aware of their rights and responsibilities upon entering work to ensure they are best placed to get the most out of it as possible.

It is for these reasons we have produced this resource for free which we hope you are able to make good use of. Please email us at with any comments or suggestions you have of the resource and improvements which you feel could be made.