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 HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY

 

Introduction

Statement of Intent

Health and safety is an important consideration for our school. We will take all reasonable steps to provide a safe and caring environment for children, staff and our visitors. All personal data/information maintained in this respect will be held in the strictest confidence.

Responsibilities

The Principal will:

  • Develop a health and safety culture throughout the school
  • Take day to day operational decisions
  • Ensure staff are aware of their responsibilities
  • Draw up health and safety procedures
  • Monitor effectiveness of procedures

All staff will:

  • Support the implementation of health and safety arrangements
  • Take reasonable care of themselves and others
  • Ensure as far as is reasonably practicable that their classroom or work area is safe
  • Report shortcomings to the school office so they can be recorded in the School Maintenance Record Book.

General Health and Safety Arrangements

Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the school site.

When maintenance workers are on site they are expected to follow school safety procedure. The supervisor will liase with them as appropriate.

All new staff and visiting staff, as part of their induction programme, will be advised on safety procedures and associated contingency plans.

Monitoring and Review of Health and Safety Arrangements

The School Maintenance Record Book will be used to ensure immediate action is carried out when necessary.

All staff will carry out monitoring on a day to day basis.

The supervisor will monitor school grounds and premises daily.

The policy will be reviewed annually.

2. Equipment

Any equipment in school should be used safely and for its intended purpose only.

Equipment identified as defective should be taken out of use immediately and labelled accordingly. Admin staff should be informed immediately in order that arrangements for repairs or replacement can be made swiftly.

Electrical equipment will be tested regularly. Plugs and leads will be visually checked regularly.

Electrical sockets should be switched off before a plug is removed.

PE equipment is maintained by the PE teacher and damages will be reported to the administration..

Hazardous substances, such as cleaning materials, etc., are kept locked in appropriate storage areas.

3. Curriculum - Use of Resources

  • All resources will be in the Resource room. Any staff member who intends to use them should sign in the book with the supervisor. All resources should be returned in proper condition and within the due date.

 

 

 

 

Lifting and Moving

Each child should be taught how to lift and move equipment. Techniques should be revised at least each year with your new class.

A leader of the group says when the lift should start.

SchoolBuilding Access

In order to improve safety for everyone in school, measures have been taken to restrict access into the school building. Children may use the entrance where the security personnel is. The gates are locked at 8.30 a.m. and after this time visitors or late arrivals should sign in the late register at the entrance. All visitors must report to the school office and sign the visitor's book where they will be issued with a visitor's badge. All visitors must sign out when leaving the school building.

Any adults on site who do not work in the school and who are not wearing a visitor’s badge must be reported to the school office.

Vehicles

Parents are requested not to bring their cars onto the school site and block access to the entrance gate.

Parents collecting children who are injured or unwell should use the designated car park. Staff cars should be parked in the marked bays. Other areas should remain clear.

Fire Safety

The school will provide a safe and healthy working environment with respect to fire safety.

Evacuation Procedures

Evacuation procedures, detailed in the evacuation plan are practised termly and reviewed annually or more regularly if appropriate. Evacuation routes and meeting points are detailed on the school site plan.

Office Hours

The school office is open during school hours.

Duties

A member of staff will be around the playground area to supervise children arriving to and leaving school. The bell will ring at 8.00 a.m.

At break times members of staff will be on duty.  Staff should return to their classrooms in time for lessons to resume.

Outdoor Duty: The staff on duty cover the play areas of the school and also the canteen. The bell should be rung promptly at the end of break.

All members of staff are responsible for making sure that their classroom is clear of children when it is break time.

All staff (teaching and non-teaching) should be in their classrooms to receive the children as they come in first thing in the morning, from morning break and after lunch.

The rota for duties is on the staff room notice board.

6. First Aid

Health and Accidents to Children or Staff

School staff are expected to take reasonable action as responsible adults, to deal with injuries, etc., that children sustain until the child can, if necessary, receive professional medical treatment.

The school will have trained first aiders.

All support staff will receive regular first aid training.

First aid and medical treatment is available in the clinic.

Disposable gloves should always be used when dealing with blood and then be placed in the medical bin.

First aid boxes for school journeys are available as well as other items required to be on hand during a journey.

Supervisory Assistants have the responsibility of dealing with minor accidents at lunchtime. If a child receives a bump to the head which causes concern parents will be contacted and given the option of coming to school to check the child themselves or leaving the child to recover and return to class.

A note should be made in the Accident Book, which is kept in the clinic, of all actions taken. Serious accidents will also require an accident form to be completed and may requirement statements from all staff involved. Any child that goes home should be recorded as having done so and the class teacher informed.

Accidents to staff must also be reported and a record kept in the Accident Book, which is kept in the school office.

 

Allergies

Information about children who suffer from an allergy will be published in the staff room. All staff will be informed of the individuals involved. Class teachers are issued with lists informing of any medical issues concerning children.

Contagious Diseases

Outbreaks of notifiable diseases will be published to parents and staff immediately.

If in doubt we contact the school doctor.

Headlice

Incidents of headlice are reported to parents of children in the class where an outbreak has occurred.

7. Staff Health and Welfare

Stress

Any member of staff who feels they may be suffering from stress should discuss their concerns with either the Principal, senior staff or the school nurse as soon as possible. The Principal will discuss the matter with the person concerned within 24 hours of the issue being raised, where physically possible.

 

Safety

All staff have a responsibility to be mindful of their own safety when putting up displays and moving equipment or furniture.

Staff should not climb on chairs or tables. A stepladder is available for use and is stored in the shared area.

Both staff and children should take care when moving or lifting equipment.

Violence

Staff should always take steps to minimise the possibility of violence in school.

8. Off Site Activities

Any visit off site must be approved by the Principal and permission obtained from the place of visit.

For any visit to take place off the school site, a letter home requesting permission is required. Also, at the start of the year parents are asked to give emergency contact names and phone numbers to be used in an emergency.  

 

 

Fire Policy Statement

The school will provide a safe and healthy working environment with respect to fire safety in its establishments

The Environment Health and Safety team will be responsible for:

  • Checking all fire doors are free from obstructions and slip/trip hazards.
  • Checking all escape routes are clear.
  • Checking all fire doors can be opened quickly and easily.
  • Checking all fire resisting doors close properly.
  • Checking no fire resisting doors are wedged or propped open.
  • General housekeeping standards are adequate.
  • Building generally tidy.
  • Rubbish and waste materials are not being allowed to accumulate.
  • There is no storage, especially combustible materials, in unsuitable locations (corridors or electric intake rooms).
  • Waste containers stored externally in a secure compound.

Evacuation Procedures

The overall aim is to save life, therefore evacuation is of paramount importance. Staff are not expected to fight fire nor should they go back into the building.

Anyone discovering fire or smoke should raise the alarm.

Fire drills are carried out at least once a term and recorded in the EHS File which is kept in the school office.

On hearing the alarm:

Direct children to walk quietly to the nearest exit and then walk quietly in single file to the assembly points on the playground.

Children will line up in register order.

Ensure that the classroom is empty before leaving.

Everyone on site, children and adults, must leave by the nearest exit.

Admin Assistant will call the fire service.

Two designated members of staff will check the children's toilets are empty.

The admin staff will issue registers and check signing in book for roll call by class teachers at the assembly points. Admin staff will also unlock the playground gate to allow access for the fire service.

The Principal or designated member of staff will check that all adults and children are accounted for.

Classes should stand still and quiet until asked to re-enter the building.

NB: As the attendance register reflects the true number of children in school at the start of the morning or afternoon, it is important that it is completed quickly and accurately and then returned to the school office. Teachers should be mindful of any child that is later taken off site for illness or an appointment.

If any visitors are present the adult they are working with should ensure that they know what to do.