Primary legislation: Health and safety at work act:
Everyone in the organisation is required to:
1. Report any Hazards
2. Follow the school's Safety Policy
3. Make sure their actions do not harm themselves or others
4. Use any safety equipment provided
5. Ensure equipment is safe or appropriate
1: Reporting hazards – Everyone should be alert to hazards which are likely to cause injury to themselves or others in the school. Annual risk assessments are required to determine the activities and areas of the school that are the most dangerous. Any hazards should be reported to the school health and safety representative.
2: Follow the school safety policy – This policy is required, and gives information to all staff about procedures that the school has in place for minimising risks to health and safety. Induction training should be given to all new staff, and the health and safety policy signed by those who have read it.
3: Make sure their actions do not harm themselves or others – Staff should ensure everything is tidied away after use, and that potential health and safety issues are reported and not ignored.
4: Use any safety equipment provided – Staff need to ensure that provided safety equipment for hazardous tasks is used – eg oven gloves for handling hot objects during cooking lessons, etc.
5: Ensure equipment is safe and appropriate – Many items of equipment will carry a British Standards Kitemark, and/or a CE symbol, indicating that they have been assessed and meet the requirements of BSI or EU legislation. Manufacturers supply guidelines with product, and these are a reasonable way of checking that the product is appropriate and safe to use with the intended age group of children.
1.2 and 1.3 Describe how health and safety is monitored in the setting and how staff are made aware of risks and hazards