National law firm helps build platform to identify school risks

A High Court decision requires schools to do more to ensure the safety of teachers and staff. This system aims to make that mandate a reality

National law firm helps build platform to identify school risks
Mills Oakley has helped develop a comprehensive training and management system to identify hazards and risks in schools across Australia.

The national law firm supplied the content, which is offered by a system created by Velpic, an e-learning platform developer, according to an IT Wire report. The system identifies dangers that may arise from the execution of daily tasks by employees at both primary and secondary schools in Australia.

The system was developed in the aftermath of the High Court decision on Deal v Kodakkathanath, which mandated that schools have a duty to do everything practically possible to ensure teachers and staff perform all tasks at school in the safest possible way. It is envisioned that the system will minimise exposure to potential risks – and, consequently, litigation.

Available for $250 per month, billed annually, the learning management system accommodates up to 250 monthly users. Content updates on law developments will be regularly uploaded to the system. Schools can also opt to a higher plan at no additional cost, which allows them to create their own modules not necessarily falling under the health and safety category.

“Teachers’ health and safety often comes second in many school environments, and we want to ensure that they are given the right training to safeguard themselves against potential hazards and dangers in the workplace,” said Kate Walawski, special counsel at Mills Oakley.

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