Background

1.1 The AGM in June 2009 remitted the following motion:

"This AGM rejects the proposition that conducting and/or signing off on risk assessments forms part of a teacher's duties under the 21st Century Agreement."

1.2 Information on the legal requirements for risk assessment and advice on the risk assessment process is provided in the EIS Health and Safety Handbook which is issued to all EIS Safety Representatives and in the EIS policy paper on Risk Assessment (2007) (Appendix A).

1.3 Since August 2007 the contractual requirements on teachers from the 21st Century Agreement have been set out in the SNCT Handbook of Conditions of Service, Part 2: The National Scheme of Salaries and Conditions of Service for Teachers and Associated Professionals. Part 2, Section 2 of the SNCT Handbook outlines the duties (Appendix B).

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