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Sarah Lyons

Sarah LyonsSarah worked for the National Union of Teachers for over 25 years before its amalgamation with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers to form the National Education Union (NEU), now the largest education union in Europe, with over 450,000 members. The NEU is determined to protect the health and safety of its members and of the young people they teach, whilst at the same time ensuring that those young people are able to benefit from the widest possible educational experiences.

Sarah is the Lead Officer for Health and Safety and is therefore responsible for all aspects of the Union’s national work on health and safety, including training of health and safety representatives and policy development,  but her role also extends into a broader range of teacher employment issues.

She plays a leading role in the increasingly influential Joint Union Asbestos Committee, established to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and works alongside all the other teaching and support staff unions to keep pupils and staff safe from the dangers of asbestos in schools by promoting safe management.

Sarah is regularly involved in joint European health and safety projects with the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), the most recent being a project with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao to develop an on-line risk assessment tool for the education sector.  She also represents the ETUCE on the European Network for Education and Training in Occupational Health and Safety (ENETOSH) which seeks to mainstream occupational health and safety into education and training by offering a platform for the sharing of good practice.