GOLFTYN CP SCHOOL

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY

According to the Health and Safety at work act 1974 the overall responsibility for health and safety rests with the employers.   As a community primary school, Flintshire LEA are the employers.  School governing bodies take on the responsibility for the management of Health and Safety in schools.   The governing body of Golftyn C.P. School will, in this document outline the Health and Safety policy for the school.   Such procedures as outlined below will be reviewed from time to time and amended following evaluation.

The Headteacher takes on the role of managing the day to day aspects of Health and Safety at Golftyn.  Her duties include:-

  • To investigate potential hazards and dangerous occurrences at school and to examine the cause of accidents at the workplace.
  • To make representations to the employer on general matters affecting the health, safety and welfare at work of the employees and children at school.
  • To liaise with the Health & Safety Representatives of Flintshire County Council.
  • To attend meetings/courses in relation to health and safety at the school.

The Governing Body

The governing body will consider the Health and Safety inspection reports and will accordingly act upon the matters reported by informing the Local Education Authority.

Representatives of the governing body will make periodic tours of the school to consider health and safety issues at the school.   Urgent matters regarding Health and Safety will be dealt with by the Headteacher; acting on behalf of the governing body.

Aims

The school will ensure that all reasonably practicable steps are taken to ensure the health and safety of all persons including staff, pupils, contractors and any other person who may be visiting the school.

And in particular:

  • to establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment throughout the school and for all school activities;
  • to establish and maintain safe working procedures among staff and pupils;
  • to make arrangements for ensuring safety (via the risk assessment process), to avoid risks to health in connection with the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances;
  • to ensure the provision of sufficient information, instruction and supervision to enable everyone to avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own health and safety training as and when required;
  • to maintain a safe and healthy place of work with safe access and egress;
  • to provide and maintain adequate welfare facilities.

The School will identify and assess the risks from hazards associated with all its work activities with the aim of eliminating and controlling the risks, so far as is reasonably practicable.

The School will, so far as is reasonably practicable, allocate sufficient resources to meet the requirements of this Policy.

The Council’s LEA Health and Safety Advisor will also be available to provide competent assistance.

 

Co-operation and Consultation

No Health and Safety policy is likely to be effective unless it actively involves the employees themselves. The School recognises the contribution which employees and pupils are able to make towards health and safety in their workplace and will operate and consult with employees and pupils as necessary.

The School will actively encourage and support consultation with Trade Unions and other appointed Safety representatives to enable them to fulfil their statutory functions and will co-operate in the setting up of a Safety Committee or committees as required.

Information to Staff

This school health and Safety Policy and any supplemental Guidance Documents, Codes of Practice etc., will be brought to the attention of all employees of the school and any other persons who may need to be aware of their contents.

Conclusion

It is the responsibility of everyone to make these arrangements work. This will ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that working conditions are safe and that the working life of everyone is accident free.

Any member of staff noticing a failure to comply with this Statement of Organisation and Arrangements or other advice/guidance issued by the LEA or Headteacher in pursuance of the Health and Safety Policy should immediately report the circumstances to the Headteacher. The Headteacher will then initiate appropriate remedial action. If it is possible for the Headteacher to resolve the matter he will then report the facts to the LEA.

Suggestions by any member of staff to improve standards of health and safety are welcomed by the Headteacher.

Confirmed by the Governing Body of:

 

 

Date:                                                   Signature:

                                                                              (Chair of Governors)

 

Date:                                                   Signature:

                                                                              (Head Teacher)

 

 

 

 

 

ORGANISATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Teaching/Non Teaching Staff Holding Posts/Positions of Special Responsibility

These staff include Assistant Headteachers, Curriculum Co-ordinators, Senior MDSAs, School Business Manager, Caretaker.

They will:

  • Have a general responsibility for the application of the school’s Health and Safety Policy to their own department or area of work and are directly responsible to the Headteacher for the application of the health and safety procedures and arrangements.
  • Establish and maintain safe working procedures including arrangements for ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, the absence of risks to health and safety in connection with the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances, (e.g. chemicals, boiling water, sharp tools).
  • Resolve health, safety and welfare problems members of staff may refer to them or refer to the Headteacher any problems for which they cannot achieve a satisfactory solution within the resources available to them.
  • Carry out regular health and safety risk assessments of the activities for which they are responsible and, submit reports to the Headteacher or the School Health and Safety Co-ordinator if appropriate.
  • Carry out regular inspections of their areas of responsibility to ensure that equipment, furniture and activities are safe and record these inspections if necessary.
  • Ensure that all staff under their control are familiar with the health and safety Code of Practice for the school.
  • Ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the provision of sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to enable other employees and pupils to avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own health and safety.
  • Where appropriate, ensure relevant advice and guidance on health and safety matters is sought.
  • Investigate any accidents, which occur within their sphere of responsibility.

 

Special Obligations of Class Teachers

The health and safety of pupils in classrooms is the responsibility of class teachers.

If for any reason a teacher considers he/she cannot accept this responsibility, he/she should discuss the matter with the Headteacher before allowing work to take place.

Class teachers are expected to:

  • Exercise effective supervision of the pupils and to know the emergency procedures in respect of fire, first aid and other emergencies, and to carry them out.
  • Give clear oral and written instructions and warnings to pupils as often as necessary.
  • Follow safe-working procedures personally.
  • Ensure the use of protective clothing and guards where necessary.
  • Make recommendations to the Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher on health and safety issues.
  • Integrate all relevant aspects of safety into the teaching process and, if necessary, give special lessons on health and safety.
  • Report all Accidents, defects and dangerous occurrences to the Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher responsible for their area of the school.

School Health & Safety Representatives

The Governing Body and Headteacher recognises the role of Health and Safety Representatives appointed by a recognised trade union. Health and Safety Representatives will be allowed to investigate accidents and potential hazards, pursue employee complaints and carry out school inspections within directed time, but wherever practicable outside teaching time. They are also entitled to certain information, for example, about accidents, and to paid time off to train for and carry out their health and safety functions. However, they are not part of the management structure and are not carrying out the duties on behalf of the Headteacher or Governing Body.

Visitors and Other Users of the Premises

All visitors to school are required to report to the office and sign the visitors book.

Visitors and other users of the premises should be required to observe the health safety and welfare rules of the school. In particular parents and other volunteers helping out in school, including those associated in self-help schemes should be made aware of the health and safety policy applicable to them by the teacher to whom they are assigned.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

 AT GOLFTYN CP SCHOOL

 

 

  • FIRE PROCEDURES AND DRILLS

During each academic year there will be one fire drill per term.   In the event of a fire/fire drill the following procedure will be adopted:        –

(1)        On discovery of Fire:-

(i)        Sound the Alarm

  • Call the Fire Service.

(2)        When the alarm is sounded

Staff will leave the building escorting the pupils and visitors etc. by the nearest safe exit at the time of the alarm.

The nearest safe exit for the Nursery is the main Nursery door leading onto the Nursery Playground.

 

EACH CLASS/AREA HAS A COPY OF FIRE PROCEDURES WITH

THEIR AREAS HIGHLIGHTED AND A MAP SHOWING THE ESCAPE ROUTE.

 

REGISTERS TO BE CHECKED AT EACH ASSEMBLY POINT.

 

 

Note:   Groups using Hall to leave by Main Entrance.

 

Children in Special Needs room to leave with the teacher by adjoining Class Entrance from where they will be taken to their class teacher.

Canteen Staff – to take appropriate steps in work area and withdraw to outside of building.

School Business Manager/Admin Assistant – to leave the school by nearest exit.

 

Caretaker – to be available to Headteacher.

In case of actual fire the Headteacher will report to the fire officer. On the arrival of the Fire Officer no one is to re-enter the building unless authorised by the Fire Officer.

NO ONE IS TO RETURN INTO THE BUILDING UNTIL

THE HEADTEACHER GIVES THE ALL CLEAR.

(B)       EMERGENCY AND GENERAL MEDICAL ATTENTION

All accidents and injuries to pupils must be recorded in the ACCIDENT BOOK WHICH IS TO BE FOUND IN EACH AREA OF THE SCHOOL.

 

Accidents to staff should be reported on an official Corporate Health & Safety Form which are kept in the main Reception.

The Headteacher (Assistant Headteacher in absence of Headteacher) should be notified of any accidents/injuries.   In the case of injury to children then parents will be notified, either by word of mouth or by letter.

Accident forms must also be filled (forms to be found in filing cabinet in secretary’s office).   These forms are to be filled in duplicate and despatched on the day of the accident to Corporate Health & Safety.   The duplicate copy will be retained in school.

A list of qualified First Aid personnel may be found on the staff room notice board.

First Aid requisites are to be found in the MEDICAL ROOM and INFANTS STORE CUPBOARD.   FIRST AIDERS will be responsible for ensuring that there is adequate stock in the first aid boxes including the First Aid box for ‘Out of School Visits’

(C)       SUPERVISION AND IDENTIFCATION OF POTENTIAL HAZARDS

All staff should adhere to the supervision arrangements as outlined in the school’s separate ‘Supervision Policy’.   Allied to this the staff should be aware of the potential hazards at school whilst undertaking their supervisory and teaching duties.

  • Trailing wires, cables etc. over floors.
  • Spillage of liquids on floors causing slippery surfaces.
  • Obstructing passages and emergency exits with furniture or other impediments.
  • Misuse or non-use of step ladders.   (Do not over-reach, stand on unstable structures, chairs or tables).   Remember that a stepladder is available from Caretakers store and small steps in the storeroom adjoining the staffroom.
  • Care and thought needs to be made when using playground and gymnasium.
  • The school cloakrooms are small, particularly in view of the number of children, and hence careful consideration needs to be given when dismissing children at break times, lunchtime and home times to avoid congestion.
  • Children must not be asked to carry or push heavy objects about the school.   Any child/children carrying school equipment must do so under supervision.
  • Children must be supervised whilst working with equipment associated with craft, science and technology e.g. use of saw, hammer etc.   Adequate protective clothing should be used by adults and pupils.   An appropriate RISK ASSESSMENT should be carried out before any potentially dangerous activity.

EVERY MEMBER OF STAFF SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH THE GUIDELINES PRODUCED BY THE ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION – “BE – SAFE” AND “MAKE IT SAFE”.   COPIES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE STAFF ROOM, THE HEADTEACHER’S OFFICE AND IN THE SCIENCE CUPBOARD AND FROM THE SCIENCE CO-ORDINATOR.

  • All teachers should adhere to the timetable allocated for practical work in the practical areas.
  • All cookers in school are to be used by adults only.
  • OUT OF SCHOOL ACTIVITES

When considering any out of school activity each teacher must refer to the Flintshire L.E.A.   guidelines.   Some of the important facts to consider are:-

  • Parental Consent forms must be issued and completed (FORM B).
  • Evolve must be used to complete all trip details and be checked by the Evolve co-ordinator including risk assessments
  • All visits must consider the school’s charging policy.
  • Staffing ratio must be adequate for the age and number of children.
  • The leader of the activity must be competent and appropriately qualified for the activity.
  • Information to parents should include – date, times of departure and return, transport arrangements, names of accompanying staff, insurance arrangements, charges and payments, list of clothing and equipment required, suggested pocket money for pupils, details of planned activity etc.
  • A suitable First Aid Kit should be carried.
  • Food/Meal arrangements – All food and materials for day visits should be carried in suitable containers (not glass).
  • Pupils and Adults are currently covered by the ‘Off Site Insurance for School’ policy. Copy of policy is available in “Out of School Visits” file in Headteacher’s office.
  • CODE OF PRACTICE

Every employee should be aware of the Health and Safety Code of Practice

(F)       THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINES IN SCHOOLS

There are two main sets of circumstances in which requests may be made to deal with the administering of medicines to pupils at school:-

  • Cases of chronic illness or long term complaints, such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy or ADHD.
  • Cases where children recovering from a short term illness are well enough to return to school but are receiving a course of antibiotics, cough medicine etc.

The child’s own doctor should be the judge as to when a pupil can return to school after an illness.   The fact that a child needs, for instance, to take cough medicine may not be sufficient grounds for that child to be deprived of a period of schooling, however short.

It is preferable for parents to administer medicine to their children.   This, however, is not always practicable if the parent is working or lives some distance away from the school.   In this case, the school is likely to be asked to administer the medicine to the child.

MEDICINES POLICY PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED

There are certain times when special caution should be exercised before accepting responsibility for administering medicines.  These are:-

  • When the medicines or tablets are dangerous.
  • When timing and nature of the administration are of vital importance and where serious consequences could result if a dose is not taken.
  • Where some technical or medical knowledge is required.
  • Where intimate contact is necessary.

**     N.B. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY TEACHER

               ADMINISTER AN INJECTION.  IN AN EMERGENCY, E.G. IF A

               DIABETIC PUPIL REQUIRES INSULIN, THE TEACHER SHOULD

SUMMON MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. IN THE CASE OF THE EPI-PEN MEDICINE POLICY ADVICE SHOULD BE FOLLOWED

 

SECURITY

All gates should remain locked during lesson times and all visitors directed to the main entrance when they should gain admittance by ringing the bell.  All visitors should sign in at reception, giving reason and time of visit.

 

BREAKFAST CLUB

Care will be provided at the appropriate adult: child ratio. Separate policies and procedures are held for the club and all staff are aware of the policies and the correct procedures to follow.

 

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

CARE, MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE OF EQUIPMENT

There is perhaps a special liability to accident in defective physical education and playground equipment and arrangements are now in force for the annual inspection of this apparatus.    Incidental defects can, however, develop and while school staff cannot reasonably be expected to examine this equipment in detail, the following notes of what to observe have been prepared as an aid in ensuring the safety of those using the equipment.

  • The Caretaker, or the teacher using the equipment should report, through the Head, any defect or worry about the condition of   Action will be taken as quickly as possible but, in the meantime, the equipment must be withdrawn from use.
  • Physical Education equipment should not be used for other purposes (such as additions to a stage) especially where outdoor boots and shoes may damage the surface.
  • The proper maintenance of apparatus involves suitable storage in the school hall and the positioning of apparatus is carefully considered to ensure ease of access. In primary schools the teacher is responsible for teaching the pupils how to handle the apparatus.

CLOTHING, INCLUDING FOOTWEAR

  • Pupils should at all times be suitably clothed for any physical activity that they undertake.
  • Minimal clothing, allowing freedom of movement is advisable indoors, and where floors are in good condition and splinter-proof, barefoot work is both safe and preferable. Pupils should never be allowed to work in socks or stockings or footed tights because of the danger of slipping; nor should they ever work in hard shoes.  Some pupils may be required to wear plimsolls in order to avoid spreading infections of the feet.
  • The amount of clothing worn for outdoor physical activity should be appropriate to existing weather conditions, and in winter should be warm but not over-protective. Particular attention should be paid to the wearing of footwear suitable to the chosen activity.   The recognised type should always be worn.  For some activities spiked shoes are appropriate but teachers must be constantly on the look-out for shoes or boots which might injure other performers.  Ordinary outdoor shoes are inadequate for sporting activities.
  • It is advisable for long hair to be held back from the face so that pupils may see clearly at all times.
  • Watches and jewellery should always be removed before participating in any activity. Teachers should be aware of the need for their own clothing and footwear to conform to proper standards of safety.  For many activities they should wear the dress recognised as the most suitable for the activity.  They can thereby set the best example to their pupils.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Primary Schools

Qualified teachers in primary schools are usually responsible for their own physical education lessons as subject specialisation is rare.

There is no reason why qualified class teachers should not teach those aspects of physical education (games and all forms of dance) that do not involve serious problems of safety, even though they may not have received specific training during their teaching course.  It is important, however, that they study the safety rules and attend in-service courses as appropriate.

The teaching of gymnastics involving either fixed or portable apparatus does require in-house training – teachers who have not received such training should not teach gymnastics.

The teaching of swimming also requires specific training.  If there is no instructor available, the teacher in such cases must be able to give adequate instruction.  The teacher will need to have satisfied the Headteacher or CPH for Physical Education that he/she is competent to do this as a result of training he/she may have received during their teaching course, by attendance at an approved in-service course, or by virtue of considerable experience of teaching swimming.

OUTDOOR PLAY

School believe the outdoor play area should be a safe, secure, interesting and stimulating environment in which children extend their learning in a way that is difficult to replicate indoors. School believe that a well organised and supervised outdoor area helps all children to find out about themselves and their capabilities and it helps to develop self confidence, independence and lays the foundations for a healthier life. We are aware that there can be risk associated with outdoor learning experiences, however it is important that children recognise risk and how to manage this is part of their growing up. It helps them to develop new skills. As a school we are aware that a balance is needed between risk and fun. We aim to minimise the risk and maximise the fun.

All play apparatus and equipment is installed by County approved suppliers and in accordance with manufacturers specifications. Risk assessments are carried out on all play equipment and play spaces. The play equipment and playground areas are regularly checked for condition and safety by the school caretaker. Should there be any damage to, or concerns surrounding the safety of any playground equipment these will either be addressed immediately or the equipment taken out of use until it can be fixed.

It is understood by all teaching staff that they have the ultimate responsibility of ensuring that the outside play area is safe. Any concerns need to be raised with the Caretaker, School Business Manager or Headteacher.

SUN PROTECTION

School have a sun protection policy that all staff are aware of and have achieved Sun Safe Status.

GLAZING

  • All glazing in the school has been inspected and meets the relevant Health and Safety Regulations. Glazing below waist height has been treated by professional glaziers and a protective film has been applied to add to the protection.
  • New glazing meets the relevant safety regulations (to BS Standard 6206/F/B)
  • The school uses only contractors recommended by Flintshire C.C.

STEPS AND CORRIDORS

  • All steps and corridors are kept free from obstructions and litter at all times.
  • Corridors are cleared daily and kept in a safe condition.
  • Corridors are cleaned after the children have left.  Notices warning of ‘wet floors’ are used when pupils or staff are in school.
  • Where defects are noted in corridors, they are repaired as soon as reasonably possible.

 

FINGERTRAPS

School will assess possible points of fingertraps and put guards in place. Guards will be periodically inspected.

BOUNDARIES

Boundary fences and hedges are checked regularly and repairs made as soon as reasonably practicable.  Gates are locked at 9.10am every morning by the caretaker except for the main entrance gates.  The footpath running through the school is not accessible during school time for security reasons.

VDU WORK STATIONS

All VDU work stations comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992.   Employees, mainly school secretaries, who use VDU equipment as a significant part of their work are entitled to a free eyesight test organised by Flintshire Occupational Health Department.

Prior to installation of VDU work stations each site will be assessed and the following factors considered:-

  • Floor surface
  • Type of desk/table
  • Working space
  • Ventilation
  • Lighting (natural and artificial)
  • Provision of electrical sockets to prevent trailing cables
  • Type of chair

No-one at the school spends more than 2 hours at any time at a VDU screen.

FURNITURE/EQUIPMENT
  • Where furniture has been purchased at school the Headteacher and staff have ensured that British Standards are met by purchasing through the Counties Furniture Group.
  • Regular visual checks of furniture are made by staff at the school – including head, caretaker and cleaners.  Any defective furniture is brought is the attention of the head.  The caretaker carries out minor repairs.
  • Large items of furniture should only be moved if absolutely necessary.  There must be sufficient personnel available.
  • All AVA equipment conforming to British Standards and advice is sought from the AVA team when purchasing new equipment.
  • All portable equipment is checked annually by an approved electrical contractor.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

  • Vehicles belonging to staff and visitors are allowed on the school ground.   Car parking areas are separated by a fence from pupil play areas.
  • CARS PARKED IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS ARE AT STAFF’S OWN RISK.
  • Parents are not allowed on to the school premises to collect or drop off children except in exceptional circumstances by prior arrangement with the Headteacher.
  • Parking is not allowed on the driveway and yellow lines are drawn.
  • Delivery vehicles have access to the area by the kitchen.   Cars should not be parked in this area.
  • Whenever contractors are working in the school, delivery vehicles come at times agreed with the Headteacher.
  • Monitoring of traffic management forms part of the annual health and safety audit.

CONTROL OF SUBSTANCES HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH (COSHH)

At Golftyn we comply with the COSHH regulations 1994.   All substances that are regarded as hazardous are kept in the caretaker store room which is locked during normal school hours.

The school caretaker and Business Manager have a copy of COSHH details.

LONE WORKING

All staff should avoid lone working wherever possible by arranging for a colleague to also be on site. Where lone working is unavoidable staff should ensure that all outside doors are locked and curtains/blinds are closed when it is dark. Fire doors must be unlocked when staff are working on the premises, e.g. out of school hours.

Any one lone working on a regular basis, should be equipped with a personal mobile phone.

When two or more people work late they should try to leave the building together.

Cars should be parked as close to the access doors as possible.

Where possible staff should let someone know if they will not be home at their usual time and what time they can be expected.

KEY HOLDER SAFETY DURING CALL OUTS

Key holders on call out should be mindful of their own safety.If the police have left the premises a key holder can contact the police and request that they return before entering the building. Key holders should lock themselves in.

Before leaving the key holder should ensure that the school is secure and the alarm re-set. If any member of staff is onsite and is concerned about people on or about the site they should telephone the police on 101or on 999 if concerned about their own or the school’s well being.

HEATING/VENTILATION

The school’s central heating system provides heating to all parts of the school.   Mobile heaters are only used in an emergency.   NO OPEN BAR ELECTRIC FIRES ARE USED.

 

A minimum temperature of 16ºC is maintained during normal school hours.   During warmer spells the temperature should be kept below 21ºC as far as is reasonably practicable.

All areas have adequate ventilation for odour removal, replenishment of oxygen and humidity control.

ELECTRICITY AT WORK

  • All members of staff are asked to carry out a visual check on any item of electrical equipment before it is used.
  • All portable electrical appliances are checked annually by an approved electrical contractor.
  • The contractor takes out of service any unsafe appliances.

GAS

  • The main gas input valves are shut off in                                                                  (i)  the boiler house.  (ii)  alcove outside the kitchen.  (iii)  in the kitchen
  • All gas pipes are coloured yellow.
  • Staff are aware of emergency procedures it they smell gas.
  • Gas boilers are services annually by an approved Corgi engineer.

GAS LEAK

Gas is a powerful explosive in certain conditions. If a gas leak is suspected, the gas

board must be contacted immediately.

Normal evacuation should take place and the fire brigade contacted and informed. Evacuation of the site will be conducted after the

Head Teacher has taken advice from the gas board

SMOKING ON EDUCATIONAL PREMISES

The school does not permit smoking on its

premises. This rule applies to all persons on the whole of the school site.

BOMB THREATS OR SUSPECTED DEVICE

The bomb threat procedure must be followed and then the emergency evacuation

plan followed.

BOMB THREAT PROCEDURE

In the event of a threat being received (phone call), the Head Teacher (Assistant Head

Teacher in Head Teacher’s absence) or person in charge must be notified

Immediately.

The fire alarm will be activated and emergency evacuation procedures will be put in

place.

FIRST AID

  • The school has several First Aiders trained by the County Council.
  • First Aiders only carry out first aid in accordance with their training.
  • The school has two First Aid boxes one in the junior area and one in the infant area.

FOOD SAFETY ACT 1990

The school operates under the Food Safety Act and other Food Hygiene Regulations. Persons involved in regular food preparation and/or serving will undertake appropriate training to comply with these requirements.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

  • Occupational health matters are dealt with via the Occupational Health department in County Hall.
  • Pre-employment screening

Screening of confidential medical questionnaires with appropriate follow up interview and/or examination for those with a relevant medical history.

  • Management Referral

Interview and/or examination of any employee referred by the Headteacher for any of the following reasons.

  • Long term Absence.
  • Long term health problems interfering with work.
  • Possible work related ill health.
  • Liaising with external agencies when required e.g. G.P.’s, Hospitals, Health Authority.
  • Provision of advice on specific health hazards and advice on health related policies.
  • Counselling – elementary for physiological problems caused by work or affecting work.

MANAGING STRESS IN SCHOOL

It is recognised nationally by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) that stress related problems in education are costly. This school will positively examine stress levels throughout the school and take appropriate action as necessary.

CLEANING

The Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher /Caretaker will check that all safety requirements are being adhered to. They will also liase with cleaners employed at the School to ensure that both contractor and employees are complying with health and safety regulations.

Cleaning staff should ensure warning signs are placed when floors and/or stairs are wet and slippery. These signs are kept by the cleaner’s store.

REPORTING

The Headteacher will report health and safety matters to the Governors Health and Safety / Buildings subcommittee. The report will include any reported accidents, the annual review dangerous occurrences, near misses, premises deficiencies, risk assessments and the Health and Safety Audits.

SAFETY INSPECTIONS

The Headteacher and Governor responsible for Health and Safety will carry out a yearly risk assessment to ascertain potential hazards and risks in the school buildings and grounds. The findings will be reported to the Governors.

Any Trade Union appointed Safety Representatives may also inspect the school

buildings and grounds

RISK ASSESSMENTS AND SAFETY AUDITS

The Headteacher of Golftyn CP School is responsible for ensuring that risk assessments are carried out and reviewed on a regular basis as part of a safety audit.

The purpose of the audit is to:

  • Identify hazards;
  • Assess the nature and seriousness of the hazard and subsequent risks;
  • Avoid risks by elimination;
  • Control any remaining risks by:
  • selection of control measures;
  • maintenance and use of controls;
  • monitoring and surveillance;
  • supervision, information, instruction and training.

A record will be kept of the findings of the audit and will be kept in the Headteacher’s office.

ASBESTOS

The school has had a full asbestos check. The report is available from the caretaker or Headteacher and is available to contractors at the school.  Appropriate signage indicates this.

LEGIONELLA

The county council has awarded a contract to to regularly check the water supply at the school.  The company check for temperature every two weeks.  A log of the readings is kept in the main reception area.

MANUAL HANDLING OPERATIONS

School undertake to identify employees who need to move loads as part of their work. The school will take any appropriate steps after undertaking a “Risk Assessment”, necessary to prevent the risk of injury during the undertaking of manual handling operations including lifting/carrying objects.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

School will provide and maintain all necessary and appropriate personal protective equipment required to ensure that its activities are carried out safely and without risk to health.

WORKING AT HEIGHT

Working at height training is made available to the caretaker. Basic training for the use of step ladders is given to staff during staff meetings. A set of small 2 step ladders have been provided to each class in Foundation Phase and larger 3 step sets have been provided for the Lower and Upper KS2, these are held centrally in their wet areas. All staff are aware that these are provided. Pupils are not allowed to use step ladders in school.