Health & Safety Policy

POLICY STATEMENT:

This policy has been produced in accordance with guidelines received from the Local Authority of Powys County Council as required by the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.  This policy will be received at least once a year and will be amended as necessary in light of changing situations within the Local Education Authority and as a result of monitoring and new legislation.  All staff, teaching and non-teaching, will be made aware of this policy and their responsibilities detailed therein.  An annual audit encompassing all areas of Health & Safety will be undertaken and an Action Plan will be formulated as necessary.  Copies of these will be kept in the school Health & Safety file.  The Governing Body will regularly review all aspects of Health & Safety within the school.

In addition to the whole school guidelines which follow there are also three subject specific appendices for staff and students who work within Physical Education  (Appendix 1), Science Department (Appendix 2) and Art, Design & Technology (Appendix 3).

GENERAL OFFICE STAFF

will ensure that:

  • All visitors and contractors must be identified before being allowed access to school premises.
  • All visitors to the school will sign in at reception.  During normal school hours, when pupils are in the school, visitors badges will be issued so that unknown individuals can be identified.  Visitors and contractors will not be allowed substantial unsupervised access to pupils unless they have been thoroughly vetted.

THE SCHOOL SECURITY/EMERGENCY OFFICER –     Mrs Jackie Parker & Mr Martin Thomas

will ensure that:

  • Pupils and staff are confident in the evacuation procedures (see below).
  • School Boundaries are secure where practicable.
  • Procedures for visitors/contractors on school premises are adhered to.
  • Guidance on handling emergencies (annex 29 of LA Health & Safety) is followed in the event of an emergency.

FIRE EVACUATION PROCEDURE

In the event of a fire the following procedure will be adopted:

  • All students must evacuate the building via the emergency exists and assemble in tutor group order on the tennis courts at the rear of the building.
  • All teaching and non-teaching staff will do the same and tutors will register their groups with support of respective Heads of Year.
  • General Office staff, with the School Support Officer, will ensure that all registers are taken to the tennis court.
  • Members of the Leadership Group will ensure that the building is fully evacuated and will be responsible for contacting the Fire Service in the event of a fire.
  • The above evacuation procedure will be tested on at least an annual basis.

THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF STUDENTS ON SITE

Unless otherwise directed, all members of the teaching and non-teaching staff are expected to be on site by 8.30 am, i.e. 10 minutes before the start of the school day.  They should use the designated car parking spaces available in the main car park and at the rear of the site.  Children who arrive on site via car, foot and school transport should use the footpaths available to make their way to the appropriate entrance.

All vehicles on site should not exceed a speed of 5 mph.  At the end of the school day the procedures are reversed and staff are requested not the leave the school site before 3.45 pm when the school transports have left the site.

RADIATION PROTECTION OFFICER –  MRS A BURBRIDGE

  • Ensure radioactive sources within the school are recorded and stored safely.
  • Liaise with Radiation Protection Supervisor appointed by the LA.

SCHOOL WORK PLACEMENT CO-ORDINATORS – MRS C CANNING, MR J CLARKE, MRS C POWELL

will ensure that:

  • A risk assessment has been carried out prior to the visit by the appropriate Authority.
  • A parental consent form has been completed.
  • Adequate supervision is available.
  • Emergency communication is available, together with a contact list.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY –    ………………………………………

will ensure that:

  • Records of all electrical equipment are kept.
  • PAT testing of electrical equipment is done to comply with Electricity at Work Regulations.
  • Fume Cupboard testing is completed every 12 months and records kept.
  • Termly visual inspection of electrical sockets and appliances on a rota basis is carried out and a record kept of any potential problems.

ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT

The school has a duty to manage the asbestos detected on the site as a result of a survey undertaken by the LA in August 2004 which is annually updated.  All of the asbestos detected was deemed to be ‘very low’ in terms of risk and is dealt with through the Management Action Plan (MAP).  The caretaker, under the direction of the Headteacher, will inspect these labelled sites on an annual basis.

Any contractor carrying out work on the site will be given the Asbestos Survey and Management Action Plan prior to commencing any remedial/maintenance work.

LEGIONELLA

Since September 2003 the school has entered into a Service Level Agreement with the LA to regularly test and sample the water supply to ensure that no legionneloisis is present on the site.  The school undertakes to implement any remedial work necessary as a result of any issues arising from the testing programme.

FIRST AIDERS

  • Mrs S Dawkins
  • Mrs C Hasleham
  • Mrs C Mutlow
  • Mr I Davies
  • Mrs H Nicholas
  • Mrs C Veitch

APPOINTED PERSONS

  • Mrs J Parker
  • Mrs N Thomas
  • Mr M Thomas
  • Mrs K Thomas
  • Mr A Dawkins

To act in the absence of the above first aiders.

The First Aider (or the Appointed Person in the absence of the First Aider) will:

  • Ensure that First Aid Boxes are appropriately stocked and regularly checked.
  • Accidents and incidents are recorded in the Accident Book and LA Accident Forms to be forwarded to the County Safety Department.
  • Summon an Ambulance as appropriate or ensure that the injured person is taken to the local surgery or hospital, if necessary.
  • Those first aiders authorised by the Headteacher to administer drugs or medication to a specific pupil will be made aware of the LA guidelines on this issue, e.g. Epipen protocol.
  • The Defibrilator is located at Reception.
  • INJURIES SUSTAINED ON THE SCHOOL SITE OR OFF SITE WHEN CHS STAFF ARE IN LOCO PARENTIS.
  • If a child sustains any injury, no matter how minor, they must report to the General Office where they will be assessed by a qualified first aider and their parents informed.

(If the first aider is not in the General Office at lunchtime (12 pm – 1 pm) then Mrs S Dawkins or Mr R Food  should be contacted and will follow the same procedure).

  • Staff who were present when the accident took place, or when the injury was sustained, must make a note in the accident book held in the General Office.  Accident forms must also be completed, noting any witnesses who were present.
  • If students are off-site then the teacher responsible for the visit/residential activity will contact the parents as soon as practicably possible as well as informing the emergency contact member of staff (out of hours) or school office.

FIELD TRIPS, EXPEDITIONS AND VISITS – TEACHER IN CHARGE OF EACH VISIT

will:

  • Ensure that a risk assessment has been carried out prior to the visit.
  • Ensure that a parental consent form has been completed.
  • Ensure adequate supervision available.
  • Ensure emergency communication is available together with a contact list.
  • Ensure competent and properly qualified leader for activity/activity license if appropriate.
  • Ensure First Aid is available.
  • Ensure transport/driver complies with safety legislation.
  • Comply with the guidelines contained within the school Visits and Excursions Policy document

The range of responsibilities/duties will be adjusted according to the type of visit/activity.

SCHOOL & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE – Mr M Thomas

This Representative will:

  • Report to the Headteacher any health, safety and welfare issues which comes to their notice.  (See Health & Safety Audit Appendix A).
  • Pass on health, safety and welfare information to employees whom they represent.
  • Actively promote a health, safety and welfare culture within the school.
  • Represent the interest of employees and the Headteacher, Governing Body and the LA

EMPLOYEES RESPONSIBILITIES

All employees have the responsibility to co-operate with their employer to achieve a safe and healthy workplace and to take reasonable care of themselves and others.

HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS

  • All Heads of Departments are aware of the requirements of the Health & Safety, etc. Act 1974, The Managements of Safety at Work Regulations 1992 and any other health and safety legislation and codes of practice which are relevant to the work of their areas of responsibility.
  • Some departments have a higher risk of accidents than others.  These are Physical Education, Science and Art, Design & Technology.  The Heads of these departments will produce a Health & Safety Policy for their department, a summary of which will be included with this policy document.  The Heads of these departments have copies of the LA appendices and guidance relevant to their department.
  • All Heads of Department should report, as appropriate, any health and safety concerns to the appropriate individual i.e. Health & Safety Representative.
  • Ensure that Risk Assessments for all activities are completed and reviewed regularly and that all staff in the department are aware of them.

ALL MEMBERS OF STAFF WILL

  • Comply with the requirements of the safety policy and any other safety legislation.
  • Take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of other people who may be affected by his/her actions or omissions at work.
  • Ensure health and safety regulations, rules, routines and procedures are being applied.
  • Ensure that all plant, machinery and equipment is adequately guarded.
  • See that all plant, machinery and equipment is in good working order.
  • Note make unauthorised use of plant, machinery and equipment.
  • Use and ensure that others over whom they have charge use the correct equipment and tools for the job and any protective equipment or safety devices which may be supplied.
  • Report any defects they observe to the Health & Safety Representative.
  • Ensure that toxic, hazardous and highly flammable substances are correctly used, sorted and labelled and are aware of the relevant COSHH Regulations.
  • Take an active interest in promoting Health & Safety, set an example and suggest ways of reducing risks.
  • Report all accidents and near misses involving themselves and students under their control to an appropriate member of staff.
  • Ensure that they comply with the PCC guidelines regarding the consumption of alcohol during the course of the work day i.e. when they are discharging their teaching duties employees should not consume alcohol.

Reviewed May 2012

Mrs J Parker, Headteacher, Crickhowell High School

Mr Alan Peggrem, Chair of Governing Body, Crickhowell High School