Health & Safety Policy

Objective

The objective of this policy is to ensure, so far as is "reasonably practicable" (EA Western Region), that no person is placed in a situation where injury or ill health may be caused as a result
of the school and that all such risks are assessed and appropriately controlled.

Rationale

The health and safety of all pupils, staff and visitors to the premises and grounds of
St Brigid’s Primary School remains our top priority. This policy has been developed and
adopted by the governors with reference to the advice and procedures contained in the
Health and Safety Policy of the Education Authority Western Region (EA Western Region).

St Brigid’s Primary School recognises and accepts its responsibility for health and safety as an employer, and in particular the duties laid down in:

  • Article 4 (Employers Duties) of the Health & Safety at Work (Northern Ireland)
    Order 1978;
  • Articles 5 and 6 of that Order in respect to persons other than its employees; and
  • Article 88 of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.

The school will maintain maximum possible provision in relation to:

  • a safe place of work, safe access to it and safe egress from it;
  • plant, equipment and systems of work that are safe;
  • safe arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and
    substances;
  • sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to enable all
    employees to avoid risk and contribute positively to health and safety at work;
  • a healthy working environment; and
  • adequate welfare facilities.

So far as is reasonably practicable, we will provide and maintain up-to-date information
for all staff on the hazards and risks of substances, equipment and systems used at work
including the recommendations of relevant risk assessments. The school will rely on
EA Western Region to provide competent technical advice on health and safety matters and, where
necessary, to assist in effecting improvements.

The school will co-operate fully with queries from staff representatives and recognised
trade unions. Opinions and suggestions in relation to health and safety are welcomed
from members of staff.

Members of staff are reminded of their duties under Article 8 of the Health and Safetyat
Work (Northern Ireland) Order, 1978: to take reasonable care for their own safety and
that of others.

 

The school will establish procedures to monitor and increase the effectiveness of its
Health and Safety Policy.

The Board of Governors

Governors have a statutory responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work (Northern
Ireland) Order 1978 for ensuring that the Health and Safety Policy is understood and
implemented and that assessments are carried out to address significant risks.

The Schedule to the Scheme for the Membership, Procedure and Functions of the Board
of Governors and the Scheme for Local Management of Schools assign to boards of
governors a number of functions, duties and responsibilities in respect of health and
safety, including the preparation of a policy on fire safety. In the discharge of their
statutory responsibilities governors must ensure:

  • that all teaching staff recommended for appointment by them hold appropriate
    qualifications.
  • that both teaching and non-teaching staff are kept up-to-date with whatever
    training is required for their safe working;
  • the maintenance of procedures for the safety of both teaching and non-teaching
    staff under their control;
  • the maintenance of procedures for the safety of all persons using the premises
    under their control;
  • that an inspection of the school premises and equipment is carried out by them at
    least once per year and that appropriate action is taken with regard to identified faults.
  • the prompt and efficient maintenance of all equipment and all non-structural
    repairs as defined in the relevant Annex to the Scheme for the Local Management
    of Schools;
  • that contractors who are carrying out work on behalf of the board of governors
    carry out their undertakings in a safe manner so as to ensure the health and safety
    of all personnel on the premises;
  • that all equipment and materials either purchased or acquired by them are suitable
    and safe for their intended use; and
  • that teaching and non-teaching staff are issued with a copy of the Health and
    Safety Policy.

The Principal

The principal has overall responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of all children
and staff and for ensuring that members of the general public who may be affected by any
activity undertaken by or on behalf of the school are not exposed to reasonably
foreseeable risks to their health or safety.

The principal is responsible for the day-to-day application of the Health and Safety
Policy. In discharging this responsibility the principal will:

 

  • ensure that all teaching staff hold appropriate qualifications.
  • that both teaching and non-teaching staff are kept up-to-date with whatever
    training is required for their safe working;
  • ensure the provision and maintenance of procedures for the safety of all teaching
    and non-teaching staff;
  • ensure that all staff are aware of any instructions or safety advice pertaining to
    their teaching issued by EA Western Region/CCMS or DENI);
  • ensure that all safety reports pertaining to the school are understood and that the
    detailed work has been completed;
    • ensure that adequate arrangements exist for carrying out regular emergency
      evacuation (fire) drills and that all staff are aware of, and participate in, such
      arrangements;
    • report to the Board of Governors all defects and hazards that are its responsibility;
      • ensure that safe systems of working are used by contractors or persons carrying
        out inspections or non-structural repairs that are the governors' responsibility as
        set out in the Scheme for the Local Management of Schools;
      • report to EA Western Region all defects and hazards which cannot be dealt with under the
        Scheme for the Local Management of Schools;
      • ensure that all accidents to children, teaching staff and non-teaching staff are
        reported promptly to the EA Western Region; and
      • ensure that all staff operate safe working practices in the execution of their duties.

In the absence of the principal the vice-principal, the acting principal or nominated senior
teacher will assume the role.

Teaching Staff

Each member of the teaching staff has a responsibility to exercise care and attention
regarding the safety of themselves and pupils under their control. In the discharge of this
responsibility all teachers shall:

  • ensure that they take reasonable care during work activities to avoid accident or
    injury to themselves, other members of staff and pupils;
  • observe all safety instructions and advice issued by EA Western Region /CCMS or DENI and all
    safety rules relating to specific machinery or processes;
  • ensure that all necessary protective clothing and equipment is both available and
    used by themselves and pupils;
    • report all potential hazards affecting health and safety to the principal and make
      recommendations on the provision of safety equipment and on improvements to
      plant, tools or equipment which are dangerous, or potentially so;
    • report all accidents to the principal and ensure that accident or incident report
      forms are fully completed;
    • co-operate fully with the principal on all matters pertaining to health and safety;
    • exercise effective supervision of pupils and know emergency procedures in
      respect of fire, first aid etc;
    • know any special safety measures to be adopted in their own teaching area and
      ensure they are applied; and
      • give clear instruction and warnings to children as often as is necessary and follow
        safe working procedures personally.

 

All Employees

All employees have a responsibility to exercise personal care and attention for the safety
of themselves and others and to co-operate with their employer in the execution of this
policy. In the discharge of this responsibility all employees shall:

  • ensure that their workplace is free from hazards before commencing work;
    • report all potential hazards and defects in equipment and protective clothing to the
      principal;
    • ensure that any equipment or machinery known to need repair is not used until the
      necessary work has been carried out;
    • use only those electrical appliances owned by the school or EA Western Region;
      • co-operate with any health and safety training considered necessary and
        reasonably practicable;
      • perform their duties in a safe and tidy manner;
        • ensure that all toxic and flammable substances are correctly used, stored and
          labelled;
        • ensure that they are aware of any safety precautions to be taken when undertaking

potentially hazardous procedures;

  • ensure that all necessary protective clothing and equipment are available;
    • include safe working methods in instruction to pupils;
    • report all accidents and injuries to the principal as soon as possible;
    • obtain adequate treatment as soon as practicable if injured;
    • assist in the investigation of injuries and accidents as necessary; and
    • observe the safety rules of the school and EA Western Region.

 

Dogs.

 

For health and safety reasons dogs are not permitted into any part of the school grounds
or building.

 

 

First Aid Provision

 

First aid will only be administered by qualified staff. First Aid training takes place biannually by certified trainers accessed through EA Western Region. All permanent assistants and supervisors are qualified/certified First Aiders.

 

The school’s arrangements for providing First Aid will:-

  • Use the information from the risk assessment of First Aid to determine the number and level of trained staff and also any additional requirements (eg specialised training for children with particular medical needs);
  • Notify parent/guardian that first aid treatment was given to the child.
  • Place a duty on the Principal and Board of Governors to approve, implement and review the First Aid Procedures;

Place individual duties on all employees;

  • Report and record accidents using relevant form to the EA Western Region (forms kept in Secretary’s office);
  • Record all significant occasions when First Aid is administered to employees, pupils and visitors (First Aid Forms and File kept in Secretary’s office);
  • Provide equipment and materials to provide First Aid treatment;
  • Make arrangements to provide First Aid training to employees, maintain records of training and review biannually;
  • Establish a procedure for managing accidents in school which require First Aid treatment;
  • Provide information to employees on the arrangements for First Aid;
  • Undertake a risk assessment of the First Aid requirements of the School and review on a regular basis;
  • The school will provide materials and equipment and facilities to provide First Aid. The location of the First Aid kits in the School are:-

-          Staffroom

-          FS Resource Areas

-          Nursery Playroom

-          Computer Suite

  • The contents of the kits will be checked by individual staff members and Vice Principal to replenish when required.

 

 

Bumps to a Pupil’s Head

 

When an accident involves a bump or blow to a pupil’s head the parent/guardian will be notified and asked to come to the school, as will emergency services if required.

 

Short Term Medication Needs

 

Medicines should only be taken to school settings when essential; that is where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not taken. The appropriate consent form must be completed. This is available from the School Office.

 

Any member of the Assistant Team giving medicine to a pupil should check:

-          the pupils name and date of birth;

-          written instructions provided by parents or doctor;

-          that the child has not already received medication ;

-          the prescribed dose;

-          the expiry date;

 

Long Term Medication Needs

 

Some pupils may have serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, epilepsy, severe allergies or asthma and may very rarely require a drug to be given in an emergency. These drugs may be lifesaving. Other pupils may need regular prescribed medication. In these cases, there needs to be agreement with Principal as to who will administer them. An Individual Medication Plan should be drawn up, involving the parents and relevant health professionals and the child should he /she have sufficient understanding.

 

 

 

 

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