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Health and Safety

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Statement of Intent

It is the intention of the Board of Directors and Headteacher to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all students, staff and other users of these premises including members of the public. And also during activities which are undertaken within the community.

This will be achieved by:

1. Providing and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment ensuring the welfare of all persons.

2. Maintaining control of health and safety risks arising from our activities.

3. Complying with statutory requirements as a minimum standard of safety.

4. Consulting with all staff on matters affecting their health, safety and welfare.

5. Providing and maintaining safe systems, equipment and machinery.

6. Ensuring safe handling, storage and use of substances.

7. Providing appropriate information, instruction and supervision for everyone.

8. Ensuring staff are suitably trained and competent to do their work safely.

9. Continually developing a safety culture to remove or reduce the possibility of accidents, injuries and ill-health.

10. Assessing risks, record significant findings and monitor safety arrangements.

11. Reviewing and revising safety policies and procedures periodically and when circumstances may introduce a requirement to amend or improve arrangements.

12. Developing and maintaining a positive health and safety culture through regular communication and consultation with employees and their representatives on health and safety matters.

Our health and safety management system has been developed to ensure that the above commitments can be met. All staff and Directors will be instrumental in its implementation.

Organisation

The overall responsibility for health and safety at Wildern School is held by the Board of Directors and Headteacher who will:

1. Ensure that health and safety has a high profile.

2. Ensure adequate resources for health and safety are made available.

3. Consult and advise staff regarding health and safety requirements & arrangements.

4. Periodically monitor and review local health and safety arrangements.

Health & Safety Officer

The Health & Safety Officer for the school is Miss Litton who will act to:

1. Develop a safety culture throughout the school site.

2. Consult staff and provide information, training and instruction so that staff are able to perform their various tasks safely and effectively.

3. Assess and control risk on the premises as part of everyday management.

4. Ensure a safe and healthy environment and provide suitable welfare facilities.

5. Make operational decisions regarding health and safety.

6. Ensure periodic safety tours and inspections are carried out.

7. Ensure significant hazards are assessed and risks are managed to prevent harm.

8. Ensure staff are aware of their health and safety responsibilities.

9. Periodically update the Governing Body as appropriate.

10. Produce, monitor and periodically review all local safety policies and procedures.

All Staff (including volunteers)

All staff have a statutory obligation to co-operate with the requirements of this policy and to take care of their own health and safety and that of others affected by their activities by:

1. Supporting the schools health and safety arrangements.

2. Ensuring their own work area remains safe at all times.

3. Not interfering with health and safety arrangements or misusing equipment.

4. Complying with all safety procedures, whether written or verbally advised, for their own protection and the protection of those who may be affected by their actions.

5. Reporting safety concerns to their line manager or other appropriate person.

6. Reporting any incident that has led, or could have led to damage or injury.

7. Assisting in investigations due to accidents, dangerous occurrences or near-misses.

8. Not acting or omitting to act in any way that may cause harm or ill-health to others.

Health & Safety Advisor

The Facilities Manager is the Health & Safety Advisor to the school and will manage, advise and co-ordinate local safety matters on behalf of, and under the direction of the Health & Safety Officer. He will represent the staff with regard to their health and safety at work. He is expected to promote a positive safety culture throughout the school and carry out the health and safety duties appropriate to their role in accordance with current guidance and legislative requirements. He is to work within his level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the Health & Safety Officer, Headteacher or the Health & Safety consultant as required.

Senior Leadership Team, Directors of Learning, Department Heads, Department Supervisors

The responsibility of applying local safety procedures on a day-to-day basis rests with the Directors of Learning, Department Heads & Supervisors. He/she will ensure that staff are provided with adequate safety information and they will manage all integral and specific risks relating to the department’s functions. He/she will ensure the department complies with overall school policies and procedures; that all activities are periodically risk assessed, periodic inspections are carried out, and necessary controls are implemented. Where any new process or operation is introduced in the area of their responsibility, they are to liaise appropriately so that the associated risks are assessed and any precautions deemed necessary are implemented. They are to ensure that all new members of staff under their control are instructed in their own individual responsibilities with regards to health and safety, and they will appropriately monitor those new staff.

Health & Safety Meetings

Health and Safety matters will be discussed as agenda items during all Directors meetings, Curriculum Development meetings and Support Staff development meetings etc. The purpose of this is to assist in the assessment of safety related matters and provide appropriate support to the Headteacher and Health & Safety Officer. Their purpose is to monitor and discuss on-site health and safety performance, and recommend any actions necessary should this performance appear or prove to be unsatisfactory. Staff will be kept informed of all changes in practices and procedures, new guidance, accidents, incidents and risk related matters. All agenda minutes are to be copied to the Facilities Manager who will retain them for auditing purposes.

Fire Safety Co-ordinator

Graham Simpson is the fire safety co-ordinator who is the competent person for fire safety on the premises and acts on behalf of the headteacher. He is to attend the fire safety risk assessor training course and refresh this training every three years. The fire safety co-ordinator is responsible for the local management and completion of day-to-day fire safety related duties and upkeep of the fire safety manual. The fire safety co-ordinator is to work within their level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the headteacher and/or the Health & Safety consultant as required.

Facilities Manager

The facilities Manager is the competent person for the overall management of general premises facilities and acts on behalf of the headteacher. He is responsible for the local management and completion of day-to-day premises matters and duties. He is to work within their level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the health & safety officer/headteacher and/or the Health & Safety Consultant as required.

Legionella Competent Person

The Facilities Manager is the nominated competent person for Legionella on the premises and acts on behalf of the health & safety officer / headteacher to provide the necessary competence to enable Legionella to be managed safely. He is to complete a Legionella awareness course and all training records are to be retained. The Legionella competent person will ensure that all periodic and exceptional recording, flushing, cleaning and general Legionella management tasks are correctly completed and recorded in accordance with legislative and school requirements. He will advise the health & safety officer / headteacher of any condition or situation relating to Legionella which may affect the safety of any premises users. He is to work within their level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the health & safety officer /headteacher and/or the Health & Safety Consultant as required.

Asbestos Competent Person

The Facilities Manager is the nominated competent person for asbestos on the premises and acts on behalf of the health & safety officer / headteacher to provide the necessary competence to enable asbestos to be managed safely. He is to periodically complete the asbestos management training course and all training records are to be retained. The asbestos competent person will ensure that all staff have a reasonable awareness of asbestos management and dangers. He is to ensure that the appropriate staff are competent in the use of the asbestos register and that asbestos is managed in accordance with legislative and school requirements. He will advise the health & safety officer / headteacher of any condition or situation relating to asbestos which may affect the safety of any premises users. He is to work within his level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the health & safety officer / headteacher and/or the Health & Safety Consultant as required.

Accident / Near Miss Investigator

The on-site trained accident / near miss investigator is the Facilities Manager who will lead on all accident investigations in accordance with school procedures. He is to work within his level of competence and seek appropriate guidance and direction from the Health & Safety Officer / Head Teacher and the Health & Safety Consultant as required. 

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