Somerset Skills & Learning
Candidate name: Ellie Lancey Signature: Assessor name: Debbie Harris Signature: Location: St Michaels Acadamy Date:30/7/13 Candidate name: Ellie Lancey Signature: Assessor name: Debbie Harris Signature: Location: St Michaels Acadamy Date:30/7/13
Unit 334- Health and Safety – WAQs
When planning an activity all children have the right to be safe in their learning environment and as the teacher or teaching assistant it is your job to ensure the safety of every child whether working indoors and outdoors is of the highest priority. This is done by identifying the hazards and risks in all situations. It is also a legal requirement to make sure the children are safe this can be done by ensuring the five major hazards are considered, these are; Physical, Security, Fire, Personal and Food safety (each is explained in greater detail in the following paragraphs). Filling in risk assessments ensures the potential risks and hazards to the children are considered and measures taken to reduce the risk if they are considered unsafe for all activities from school residential trips to using glue guns. When supervising children it is important to be aware of the risks children can be exposed to in order to keep them safe and we must take their age and the child’s individual needs into account, this is because a younger or disabled child are more likely to have accidents as they are most likely to have not yet got a full awareness of danger. When measuring on site risks we can use five points to assess and minimise risk. Firstly, physical hazards, these are hazards which could include objects lying on the floor such as coats, bags and toys this is what we call a trip hazard. Spillages such as water or paint on the floor are known as a slip hazard. The last thing which in included in physical hazard is equipment not being checked such as glue guns which may cause a child to get burnt or saws which could cut a child. As you spend more time in school it will become apparent which physical hazards you are more likely to come across. You can avoid trip hazards by picking up coats, bags and fallen objects off the floor and putting them away be that on peg, in draws or cupboards. Slip hazards are easily avoided too by cleaning them up straight away, if someone spills some water simply wipe it up. However if it is a large spillage you may need to mop it up if this is the case make sure you put up a warning sign so everyone can see it and do not hurt themselves. Finally you can make sure equipment is working correctly by regularly checking them prior to the children’s use. Secondly, are the security hazards that may occur in your school this includes checking if doors and gates are closed and locked, if appropriate, as you don’t want to let any unidentified people onto the premises. This is a particular danger to the children therefore, never be afraid to challenge someone if you don’t know who they are by asking politely if you can help them. If you have visitors to the school make sure they have signed in and are wearing a visitors badge so everyone knows who they are. Also if you are on playground duty and see something suspicious send for help immediately it is important to keep everyone safe. Fire hazards can be caused by not checking equipment properly; it may also include use of candles, issues whilst cooking or during forest school (if your school runs this activity). In order to minimise risk to the children in a fire hazard make sure you are aware of your schools fire procedures, that no fire exits are blocked, someone is trained on the fire extinguishers, you conduct regular checks on your fire alarms (if you have them) and regular fire drills, this ensures that everyone is...
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