Health and safety
Statement from the Governing Body and Head teacher
The Governing Body and Head teacher will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure that the legal responsibilities of all persons associated with this school are met. Therefore, all activities must be carried out in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all staff, children, visitors and anyone else who may be affected by the schools activities.
The Governing Body / Head teacher expect all staff to maintain an active involvement in accident prevention and health protection and recognise it as an integral part of their job.
The Governing Body/Head teacher will take all reasonably practicable steps to meet their responsibilities, with particular attention to the following:
maintenance of school and equipment in a safe condition and without risks to healthadequate arrangements for avoiding risks to health in the use, handling, storage and transport of equipment, articles and substances for use at workthe provision of sufficient information, training, instruction and supervision as is necessary to ensure, the health and safety of all
a working environment without risk to health, including safe access and egressemployment of staff who are competent for the work in which they are engagedcompliance with this local policy, health and safety legislation and any associated guidance from the Learning Trust
Specific Roles and Responsibilities
The school governing body will:
ensure effective communication with the head teacher, Learning Trust officials, staff, safety representatives parents and pupilsassist in the implementation of the Learning Trust's & the school's health and safety policy by setting health and safety objectives and performance standards for the schooltake all reasonable steps to ensure staff meet these objectives and standardsmonitor health and safety generally, receive termly reports from the head teacher and discuss same as an agenda item at governing body meetings
The Head teacher will:
take primary responsibility for ensuring that the school meets the objectives set out in this policy
advise the Learning Trust and the Governing Body of any circumstances that restrict or obstruct implementationensure that the school's policy statement is actively applied, and regularly updated and revisedensure that all health and safety guidance issued by the Learning Trust is available to everyone and that appropriate training is offered to help staff perform these taskswelcome and assist in, as far as is reasonably practicable, any formal safety auditremove, contain or isolate as is appropriate any hazard on the school premisesmeet and consult regularly with safety representativesprovide a health and safety report to the governing body upon demand
advise the head teacher of any circumstances that restrict or obstruct their responsibilities
liaise as necessary with other staff to ensure adequate health and safety awareness of their individual specialism, and advise the head teacher of any problems or perceived training needs
be conversant with this policy and assist in its implementation within their sphere of influence
ensure that the details of all accidents or incidents are properly recorded, investigated and brought to the attention of the head teacher
liaise appropriately with safety representatives and refer ongoing concerns to the head teacher
The Caretaker will:
on behalf of the head teacher, remove, isolate\contain any hazard and will record and notify the head teacher of any such eventsmake regular inspections of the school, paying particular attention to building and services conditions that could extend to being health and safety hazards
notify the head teacher of any circumstances where he\she is unable to take suitable remedial actionensure the emergency exits are clear and that rubbish is not allowed to accumulate in unguarded areas in or around the schoolensure that the fire alarm system is tested regularly
The Health and Safety at Work Act places a general duty on all employees to:
take reasonable care of themselves and other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work
co-operate with the employer so far as is necessary to comply with their (the employers) legal responsibilities
All employees are required to be properly conversant with this policy and any safety guidance provided to them by the Learning Trust and school governing body applying to their work, and comply in so far as it affects their work.
All employers must carry out suitable and sufficient assessments of the risks to the health and safety of any person who may be affected by the work under the employers control to record any significant findings.
The head teacher, on behalf of the governing body, will liaise as necessary with the Health and Safety Manager for the Learning Trust to meet the school's responsibilities.
Detailed guidance on risk assessment is set out in the health and safety manual for schools.
Fire Precautions and Emergency Evacuation
Emergency evacuation procedure notices are posted at key points throughout the school. Employees must ensure that they are conversant with these notices.
Employees are responsible for ensuring that children in their care are escorted out of the building when the fire alarm has been sounded or in any other emergency. Employees must take charge of any unsupervised child. The head teacher will make specific arrangements for anyone with special needs.
The Caretaker will ensure that the fire alarm system and fire appliances are
tested and properly maintained.
Accident and Incident Reports
This is carried out in accordance with the Learning Trust's Health and Safety Policy. All accidents (not incurring injury), injuries, dangerous occurrences, and near misses must be recorded and reported to the H&S dept.
In the case of an injury to a child, the member of staff who was supervising at the time of the incident is responsible for ensuring that the incident is recorded. Certain accidents or incidents must be formally notified in accordance with the guidance in the health and safety manual. Incidents are reportable to The Learning Trust using the incident report form provided with this manual.
First Aid Arrangements
These are in accordance with the Learning Trust's, which is contained in the health, and safety binder kept in the main admin office.
Notices are prominently displayed throughout the school detailing the name and location of the qualified 1st Aiders and equipment. Staff must ensure that they are conversant with these notices.
Appointed 1st Aiders are responsible for regular recorded checks of 1st Aid equipment and for restocking consumable items.
The head teacher will arrange an internal health and safety inspection of the school at least termly. The inspection team may include:
the head teacher/school business manager
any interested governor
any union appointed safety representative, and
the school keeper.
The head teacher will ensure that inspection reports are distributed as necessary, copied to the SHE dept at The Learning Trust and refer any concerns to the appropriate body.
Arrangements for complying with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations are made in accordance the Learning Trust's guidance in the health and safety and safety manual. Staff using substances not labelled "non-toxic" should ensure that they have been assessed in accordance with this policy.
Portable Electrical Appliances
These are inspected and maintained etc, in accordance with the Learning Trust's guidance in the health and safety manual. Persons responsible should receive adequate training and instruction as regards inspection and documentation.
The head teacher will arrange for all health and safety information and guidance issued by the Learning Trust to be distributed to all relevant members of staff.
The head teacher will make arrangements for any necessary health and safety training. The head teacher will accept written reports and representation from union appointed health and safety representatives, and will respond in a reasonable time.
The governing body or head teacher will accept the appointment of safety representatives, in the interests of the health and safety.