Health & Safety Policy

North Ealing Primary School
Health & Safety Policy Contents

Glossary & Contact Details
Policy Statement
Organisation Section including Chart
Accident/Incident Reporting
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Asbestos Management
Bomb Threats
Catering
Consultation with Employees
Contractors
The Control of Substance Hazardous to Health
Disability Discrimination
Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
Driving
Electricity at Work
Fire Safety
First Aid
Flammable Liquids
Housekeeping
Legionella Management
Lone Working
Manual Handling
Mobile Phones
Monitoring
Noise Hazards
Occupational Health
Personal Protective Equipment
Pregnant Workers
Risk Assessments
Safe Systems of Work
School Trips
Smoking at Work
Stress
Temporary Workers
Traffic Management
Training
Visitors & Volunteers
Violence at Work
Waste Products Storage and Disposal
Welfare Facilities
Workplace
Work Activities
Work Equipment
Working at Height
Young Persons

Appendices

1. Classroom safety
2. Emergency procedure
3. Playground procedure
4. Procedure in the event of illness or accident
5. Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)
6. Science safety
7. Physical Education – health and safety
8. Lunch time supervisors (SMSAs)
9. Advice on playground supervision
10. A School Day Visit
11. A school Day Trip – briefing for parents and other adults
12. Checklist of the main precautions for school visits to farms
13. a)Coach and minibus arrangements
b) Use of staff/parents’ cars for transporting children (other than their own) on school business
c) Coach travel procedures
14. a) Residential school journey – procedures and practices
b) Code of Practice for Medical matters on residential visits
15. Information for parent helpers
16. Electrical checks
17. Manual handling
18. Site Instructions for Contractors
19. Use of the Lift
20. Use of Defibrillator

Glossary of Terms

Authorised Person/Staff – a member of staff or contractor who has permission from a senior member to undertake a specific activity or access a specific area. Such a person must have the recognised training, certification, knowledge and experience for the task or access.

Contractor – a person or organisation employed and paid to undertake services not usually carried out by the school’s own staff. Contractors may be employed on a short term basis such as a roof repairer or on a long term contract such as a cleaner or caterer. Contractors should not be confused with visitors who are not normally providing a service.

COSHH – the acronym for the control of substances hazardous to health and the regulations of the same name.

Hazard – an unsafe act or condition with the potential to cause harm to people or property.

Hot Work Permit – a procedure for controlling work associated with the generation of heat which creates a fire or explosive risk.

Line Manager – the first or immediate manager (who may also be a supervisor) of an employee.

Method Statement – a documented safety system stating how activities will be conducted in a safe manner.

Peripatetic Staff – staff employed or contracted by the school who may work at another premises e.g. staff running a course at a primary school.

Permit to Work System – a formal authorisation for a contractor or member of staff to carry out hazardous work requiring close control. It is a document that requires authorisation by a competent school or contractor employee before work commences and cancellation at the end of a fixed period of time.

Planned Maintenance – a schedule of maintenance activities that are known and therefore planned in advance e.g. inspection of the electrical installation completed by section every 5 years on a rotating basis.

Premises – the whole of the North Ealing Primary School site and any temporary or future location occupied, leased or owned by the school.

Risk Assessment – a report detailing any hazards identified within an activity, the likelihood of those hazards affecting people or property, the severity of the consequences and the control measures to prevent exposure.

Safe System Of Work – a set of instructions for the safe completion of a task deemed necessary as a result of a risk assessment.

Senior Manager – responsible for a team of staff including employees, supervisors or managers.

Sprinkler System – a fire extinguishing system comprising a fixed network of pipes suspended from ceilings on brackets, charged with water and automatically released locally on rising heat from a fire below. The pipework is red and is connected to an incoming water supply or water tank.

Work At Height – any work whereby the feet are above and not in contact with the surface of the area worked, this may be above or below ground level.

Health & Safety Statement

North Ealing Primary School is committed to ensuring the Health, Safety and Welfare of all employees when carrying out their duties at work, of visiting members of the public whilst on our grounds, of contractors undertaking work on our premises and of the pupils in our care.

The school wholly accepts the aims and provisions of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and respective Regulations. Therefore, it is the aim of the school to operate with Health and Safety as an integral part of the business strategy.

To enable these duties to be carried out, it is our intent to ensure that responsibilities for health and safety matters are effectively assigned, accepted and fulfilled at all levels within our organisational structure.

We will, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that:-

  • Adequate resources are provided to ensure proper provision can be made for health and safety.
  • Risk assessments are carried out annually and reviewed as deemed necessary following an accident, incident or change of activity or equipment.
  • If as a result of risk assessments, safe systems of work are necessary, these will be provided and maintained.
  • Arrangements for the use, handling, storage transport and disposal of articles and substances provided for use at work, are safe and without risk to health.
  • All employees, visitors, contractors and pupils are provided with such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to secure their safety and health at work and that of others who may be affected by their actions.
  • The provision and maintenance of all machinery, plant and equipment is safe and without risks to health.
  • The working environment of all employees and pupils is safe and without risks to health and that adequate provision is made with regard to the facilities and arrangements for their welfare at school.
  • The place of work is safe and that xanax online in australia there is safe access to and from the workplace.
  • Monitoring activities are undertaken to ensure effective implementation of the policy.

It is the duty of all employees, contractors and visitors to:

  • Take reasonable care for the Health and Safety of themselves and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work and cooperating with us and others in the school to fulfil our statutory duties.
  • Not interfere with, misuse or wilfully damage, anything provided in the interest of Health and Safety.

To ensure that this policy is effective, we will:

  • Review the policy annually, or upon significant changes in our business, and amend and update as and when necessary. Any changes to the policy will be communicated to all employees.
  • Ensure effective consultation and communication procedures are maintained between all levels of management and employees on all matters relating to health, safety and welfare.

Signed on behalf of the school
Sally Flowers
Headteacher

Signed on behalf of the Governing Body
Debbie Keenan
Chair of Governors

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Health & Safety Statement

North Ealing Primary School is committed to ensuring the Health, Safety and Welfare of all employees when carrying out their duties at work, of visiting members of the public whilst on our grounds, of contractors undertaking work on our premises and of the pupils in our care.

The school wholly accepts the aims and provisions of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and respective Regulations. Therefore, it is the aim of the school to operate with Health and Safety as an integral part of the business strategy.

To enable these duties to be carried out, it is our intent to ensure that responsibilities for health and safety matters are effectively assigned, accepted and fulfilled at all levels within our organisational structure.

We will, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that:-

  • Adequate resources are provided to ensure proper provision can be made for health and safety.
  • Risk assessments are carried out annually and reviewed as deemed necessary following an accident, incident or change of activity or equipment.
  • If as a result of risk assessments, safe systems of work are necessary, these will be provided and maintained.
  • Arrangements for the use, handling, storage transport and disposal of articles and substances provided for use at work, are safe and without risk to health.
  • All employees, visitors, contractors and pupils are provided with such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to secure their safety and health at work and that of others who may be affected by their actions.
  • The provision and maintenance of all machinery, plant and equipment is safe and without risks to health.
  • The working environment of all employees and pupils is safe and without risks to health and that adequate provision is made with regard to the facilities and arrangements for their welfare at school.
  • The place of work is safe and that there is safe access to and from the workplace.
  • Monitoring activities are undertaken to ensure effective implementation of the policy.

It is the duty of all employees, contractors and visitors to:

  • Take reasonable care for the Health and Safety of themselves and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work and cooperating with us and others in the school to fulfil our statutory duties.
  • Not interfere with, misuse or wilfully damage, anything provided in the interest of Health and Safety.

To ensure that this policy is effective, we will:

  • Review the policy annually, or upon significant changes in our business, and amend and update as and when necessary. Any changes to the policy will be communicated to all employees
  • Ensure effective consultation and communication procedures are maintained between all levels of management and employees on all matters relating to health, safety and welfare.

Signed on behalf of the school
Sally Flowers
Headteacher

Signed on behalf of the Governing Body
Debbie Keenan
Chair of Governors

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Dealing with Head Lice

Facts

Head lice are small insects, roughly the size of a match head when fully grown, and usually grey or brown in colour. They are difficult to detect, even under close examination and do not necessarily cause itching.

Head lice cannot fly, jump or swim, but spread by clambering from head to head. Anyone with hair can catch them but children, who put their heads together a lot at school or during play, are most commonly affected.

There tends to be a peak in head lice outbreaks when children return to school in the Autumn, before the problem is brought under control. It is estimated that one in 10 primary school children are affected by head lice every year.

Head lice are not fussy about hair length or condition. Clean hair is no protection. Their main interest is in staying alive, and they achieve this with the unhappy assistance of any human host.

Head lice feed by sucking blood through the scalp of their host. The female lays eggs in sacs (nits) which stick to hairs where the warmth of the scalp hatches them. The eggs are very small, dull in colour and well camouflaged. They take 7-10 days to hatch. Empty egg sacs are white and shiny, and may be found further along the hair shaft, as the hair grows out. Lice take 7-14 days to become fully grown and able to mate, whereupon the female begins laying eggs.

Wet combing method

Head lice may be cleared over a two week period by the following method:

  1. Wash the hair in the normal way with an ordinary shampoo.
  2. Use lots of hair conditioner and while the hair is very wet, comb through the hair from the roots with a fine tooth comb. Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots with every stroke, and do this over a pale surface, such as a paper towel or the bath.
  3. Clear the comb of lice between each stroke.
  4. Wet lice find it difficult to escape, and hair which is slippery from conditioner makes it hard for them to keep a grip so removal with the comb is easier.
  5. If you find any lice, then repeat this routine every 1-2 days for 2 weeks, so that any lice emerging from the eggs are removed before they can spread.
  6. HEAD LICE COMBS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE

Further prevention

  • Head lice repellent products are also available from most pharmacies.
  • Please ensure long hair is tied back at all times.
Asthma Guidelines

We welcome pupils with Asthma at North Ealing Primary School. They are encouraged to take part in all activities and we endeavour to ensure that children are made to feel included and welcome. We have a clear Asthma policy which is understood by all staff members.

At the time this policy was reviewed, the local authority has deemed North Ealing an Asthma friendly School. (03.01.2018)

AIMS

  • All staff, teaching and supporting are aware of the condition and regular training is provided by the school.
  • All Asthmatic children have easy and immediate access to their relief inhaler with supervision.
  • All children understand Asthma so that they can support their friends (one assembly per year).
  • Records are kept of each child with Asthma and updated regularly.
  • There is good communication between school and home.

AT SCHOOL

  • On entry into Nursery and full-time schooling all parents are asked if their child has been identified as suffering with Asthma.
  •  Parents are asked to complete an Asthma Card, Parents Asthma agreement and an Asthma plan. This information is kept in the Medical room with easy access for all staff.
  • Parents of Asthmatic pupils are asked to keep the school informed of any changes in their child’s condition, or other illness/allergies likely to affect their Asthma so that staff can be more vigilant.
  • Discussions are held between the welfare supervisor and class teacher when necessary to update the teacher of any changes in the child’s condition or regime of medication. It is the welfare supervisor’s responsibility to ensure this occurs.

ADMINISTERING INHALERS

  • All classrooms where pupils have Asthma are equipped with an Asthma box containing a labelled spacer and inhaler for individual pupils.
  • It is the welfare supervisor’s responsibility to ensure these are regularly checked and contain necessary medication.
  • The welfare supervisor should be informed by classroom staff if any Asthma medication has been administered in class.
  • Children with Asthma MUST HAVE two blue (Salbutamol) relief inhalers in school. One is kept in the medical room and one in the class Asthma box.
  •  It is the parent’s responsibility to supply the two blue inhalers to the school. It is also the parent’s responsibility to keep these medicines updated and ensure they supply new inhalers before the expiry date.

Please ensure your child attends an Asthma review with their Healthcare practitioner

Every 6 months

  • Preventative inhalers are not kept in school these come in a range of colours including orange, maroon, purple and beige and are NOT needed in school. They should be administered at home before and after school if required.

Access to inhalers

  • Children have supervised access to inhalers whenever needed. They are made available in classrooms, medical room outdoor activities and on school trips.
  • The class Asthma box is taken around the school when the children have lesson in other classes EG Music, PE and ICT.
  • They are available before and after school.
  • It is the class teacher’s responsibility to ensure a named adult is given the responsibility of being in charge of medication on school trips. This person needs to ensure they return all medication back to school after each trip.
  • When the fire alarm sounds, class teachers need to carry with them the class Asthma box.
  • This must be a priority even in a fire drill.

PE and Clubs

  • The welfare supervisor ensures that class teachers and adults who run school clubs are aware of pupils with Asthma and keeps the  informed if a child needs to take their inhaler during the lesson.
  • It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that they inform privately run clubs if their child has any medication requirements.

Asthma Attacks

In the case of Asthma attack the teacher should follow instructions on the Asthma attack poster situated in all classrooms and keep the child calm. Asthma UK recommends that in the event of Asthma attack:

  • Keep the child calm
  • Sit the child in the upright position
  • Encourage them to take slow steady breaths
  • Make sure the child takes 2 puffs of their emergency relief inhaler every ten breaths toto one measured dose of salbutamol.
  • If the child is not feeling better after ten puffs call 999 for help
  • Keep the operator on the phone until an ambulance arrives take instruction from them whilst keeping them informed on how the child is.
  • Inform parent/carer.

WHOLE SCHOOL TRAINING

  • In order to improve the management of children’s Asthma within our school whole school training will take place regularly, to ensure all staff are aware of procedures to follow in the event of a child having an Asthma attack.

STRICT RULES

  • No children other than those with medication are allowed to touch the Asthma boxes – each child is only permitted to touch their own individual box.

LEGAL POSITION

  • Staff are legally covered by the LA to administer Asthma treatment. However it is not acceptable to use one child’s inhaler for another child. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure the correct medication is in school.
  • Our Asthma guidelines incorporate national guidelines recommended on the management of Asthma in school. These guidelines are in place to maintain the safety of all children with Asthma at North Ealing Primary School.

The committee with oversight for this policy
Resources
Policy to be approved by
Resources Committee
Policy last reviewed/adopted by the Resources Committee
27/11/2019
Policy last ratified and adopted by Full Governing Body
N/A
Policy / Document due for review
Autumn 2020

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