Teaching staff have a duty of care when looking after children. It is important that they are aware of government legislation regarding health and safety and the school’s own Health and Safety (H&S) policy in regards to risks and hazards so that they know what to look out for and what to do in the case of an incident or accident whether indoors or outdoors.
When working with children and young people staff should always make sure that areas are fit for purpose prior to any learning or play activity; this means making sure a risk assessment is carried out to expose potential risks or situation where children / or adults could have an accident. Should a teaching assistant spot a potential risk then they should make sure that this is dealt with immediately or if necessary logged into an incident book for the caretaker/IT technician to deal with e.g. computer cables moved out of the way and reorganised into a cable tidy, or a potential fire hazard dealt with such as paper removed from bins that were in close proximity to computer wires.
Other hazards to look out for:
Indoor potential risks:
•chairs are put away under the tables
•teaching equipment is stored safely away
•that there is natural light in the room – no blinds are down •there is space for moving around
•items are picked up off the floor and put away
•no clothes or anything left lying on the floor to be tripped over •there is adequate heating or ventilation so it is not too hot or cold •no sharp corners or edges – especially on tables
•no substances hazardous to health lying around e.g. chemicals such as bleach or those used in science labs •foodstuffs that can cause allergic reactions e.g. peanuts •fire exits are clear from blockages such as boxes etc.
•no loose wires to trip over or bare wire ends which could electrocute •children have correct...