"Health and safety in a school is about taking a sensible and proportionate approach to ensure the premises provide a healthy and safe place for all who use them, including the school work force, visitors and pupils." (HSE Health and Safety checklist for classrooms - August 2011)
Factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe, indoor and outdoor environments and services are:
Lines of responsibility - The Governing Body, Head teacher and Health and Safety Officer. Employees, for example yourself, caretaker and kitchen manager, visitors such as hirers and contractors.
Safeguarding and welfare - Safe recruitment for example, CRB checking, raising awareness of child protection, establishing a safe environment for children to learn and develop.
Age, needs and ability - Assessing the risks and ensuring that equipment is provided and used appropriately.
The safe selection of toys, materials and equipment - Assessing the risks and ensuring equipment is provided and used appropriately.
The school setting uses the Government's Legislation as set down by the HSE as a source for planning healthy and safe environments and services.
Health and safety is monitored and maintained by following the guidance within the setting's Health and Safety Policy. Risk assessments must be carried out to eliminate or reduce risks with any findings recorded. Any arrangements made must be monitored and reviewed by appointed person's with the training, knowledge and skills to carry out these arrangements. It is the appointed person's (Health and Safety Co-ordinator) responsibility to ensure that everyone within the setting is made aware of, read and signed the changed or new policies and procedures. People within the work setting must be made aware of where of the Health and Safety Policy is kept, up to date training must be provided and copies of risk assessments must be given when necessary, for example when going on school trips, all...
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