(1.1) Describe the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services. A Risk Assessment on behalf of BMBC would be undertaken by the appointed Assessor at Lacewood School, Diane Lassu to consider first aid provision and accident risk while providing indoor, outdoor activities and outings. Factors to consider are; means of transport, nature of activities pupils are to be involved in, estimated time for emergency services to arrive and whether the visit is to a remote location with or without their own first aid provision. The risk assessment that would be undertaken is in its very nature, a response to a number of variables, so it is impossible to cover everything, but examples would be; i. Low Risk – Walking a class from school to a nearby building. A mobile phone would be taken as a risk management control measure by staff as in case of accident e.g. road traffic collision it would be imperative to be able to summon the emergency services asap. ii. Medium Risk – After-school Sports Club
The case of personal injury is higher than the previous example, so first aid provision is to be readily available and the member of staff taking the club should hold a first aid certificate. iii. High Risk – An adventurous activity where the group leader is school staff. To take this class the staff member would have to hold a first aid certificate which was nationally recognised, they should have to carry an appropriate first aid kit throughout the activity and a vehicle used to transport the group should have a first aid kit also.
(1.2) Explain how health and safety is monitored and maintained and how people in the work setting are made aware of risks and hazards and encouraged to work safely. In my setting H&S is monitored by regular staff meetings with updates on current practice and also considering any new specific hazards/risks that may arise e.g. a school outing, new sports club etc. Our appointed H&S officer also carries out regular spot checks, as well as investigating reported concerns/incidents and regular fire alarm tests and reviews.
The Lacewood Primary School Health and Safety Policy is kept in the Head’s office and was last updated on 25th October 2012 and copies of the update were made available to all staff and board of governors.
In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and with guidance from the Health, Safety and Emergency Resilience Unit, Risk assessments would be carried out by our H&S officer appointed by BMBC using the templates they provide.
The Health & Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 ensure that where necessary suitable signs and signals are provided throughout the school to indicate specific hazards, safe conditions, prohibitions and mandatory control measures.
Prohibitions – Red signage e.g. DANGER Do not Enter!
Warnings/precautions required – Yellow signage e.g. Caution! Hot Water
Mandatory instructions – Blue signage e.g. protective gloves to be worn Safe conditions – Green Signage e.g. first aid post.
When new staff are taken on everyone participates in a H&S instruction and training induction performed by the Headteacher; this must be completed within the first month of the employee’s commencement date using BMBC’s Induction Guide/DfEs Guidance. All staff must be provided with sufficient knowledge, skills and information to carry out their work in a safe and healthy manner. All employees attend in person or over the phone, an IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) training course delivered by the Health Safety and Emergency Resilience Unit at BMBC.
(1.3) Identify sources of current guidance for planning healthy and safe environments and services. As Lacewood Primary is a Barnsley Council school,...