The Further Education Safety and Health Forum (FESH) is a stakeholder forum established to deal at a strategic level with health and safety issues within the further education sector.
Membership is drawn from the Association of Colleges (AoC), trade unions, HSE and education representatives from Scotland and Wales.
Current membership (August 2011) is:
The terms of reference for the Forum are:
"To act as a forum for the Further Education Sector, developing partnership between employers and employee representatives and providing strategic oversight and direction on matters of occupational health and safety.
It is expected that the establishment of this forum will lead to the evolution of practical solutions to occupational health and safety issues. The regulators will be invited to attend and others may be co-opted."
The FESH Forum has developed a tool to assist further education institutions in benchmarking progress on delivery of the GB Strategy for health and safety. The tool focuses on the GB Strategy goals and how they apply in the further education sector. The tool can be found at the Association of colleges website. The tool is based on principles developed by the Local Government Association’s National Health and Safety Practitioner Panel for local authorities.