Health & Safety Advice for Visitors

Health and Safety Policy

The Director General of the National Galleries of Scotland and all employees are committed to maintaining high standards of Health and Safety throughout our premises. These high standards are maintained by having in place a Health and Safety Policy, as well as a comprehensive set of Health and Safety Guidance notes. Together these documents assist the National Galleries to conform to current Health and Safety Regulations and codes of practice. Our aim is to ensure that your visit is as safe as possible and without adverse incident.

Visits by Groups of Young Persons from Schools, Colleges and other Organisations

Organisers of educational visits to the National Galleries of Scotland also have Health and Safety responsibilities and we ask that you comply with the guidelines contained in the booklet Health and Safety on Educational Excursions (ISBN 0-7559-4363-5) issued by the Education Department of the Scottish Executive in December 2004 and available on their web site. We also ask that you pay particular attention to child protection issues and the need to ensure that you have adequate numbers of helpers to supervise your group at all times.

Accidents and First Aid

The National Galleries have trained first-aiders on each of our premises; in the event of an accident/incident help can be summoned by contacting any member of staff. If you, or a member of your party, are involved in an accident whilst on National Galleries’ premises please ensure you give full details to a member of staff.

Emergency Procedures

In the event of a fire/emergency evacuation during your visit to the National Galleries of Scotland, follow the instructions given by a member of staff.

  • Leave the building by the nearest available exit.
  • Go to the assembly point indicated by a member of staff.
  • Do not stop to collect personal belongings.
  • Do not use lifts.
  • Do not re-enter the building unless instructed to do so.

Risk Assessment

The general assessment of risk within the National Galleries of Scotland is low. If you are supervising an educational visit to the National Galleries, we ask that you exercise sufficient control over your party to ensure that the natural exuberance of young people does not spoil the visit for themselves or others.