Health & Safety Policy

Rainford C.E. Primary School and

Raindrops Pre-school

 

Health and Safety Policy

 

 

 

Approved by Full Governors:    21st November 2017

To be reviewed on or before:   Summer 2020

Signed……………………………………………Chair of Governors

Signed……………………………………………Headteacher

 

 

 

1.0    INTRODUCTION

 

    1.     Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

 

           The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 places a duty on employers to safeguard so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees and the health and safety of persons not employed but who may be affected by the work activities such as pupils and visitors.

 

           The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 impose a duty on employers to produce a risk assessment

 

1.2       General Statement

          

           This is a statement for Rainford C.E. Primary School and Raindrops Pre-school and Rainford CE Primary School Wrap Around Provision.

 

           Rainford C.E. Primary School and Raindrops Pre-school accepts its responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, for providing a safe and healthy workplace and working environment for all its’ employees, pupils, visitors and other persons who may be affected by its’ activities.

 

           The Headteacher and School Governors will take all reasonable steps to ensure that St. Helens Safety Policy is implemented and the Safety Policy and Procedures Manual is implemented and monitored throughout the School and Pre-school

 

           It is essential for the success of this Safety Policy that employees recognise their responsibilities under Section 7 of the Act in co-operating with management and taking care of themselves and other persons whilst at work. All staff will be issued with a copy of Rainford C.E. Primary School and Raindrops Pre-school Health and Safety Policy and any relevant safety guidance.

          

 

          

 

2.0    ORGANISATION

          

           Responsibility for the day-to-day implementation and monitoring of this Policy lies with the Headteacher, so far as is reasonably practicable.

 

           In the absence of the Headteacher, this responsibility is automatically delegated, first to the Deputy Head and then to a member of the Senior Management Team.

 

           The Governing Body recognises that some of these duties may be successfully allocated to other members of staff, such as a Senior Management Team members, Heads of Department or Bursar, under guidance from the Headteacher.

 

2.1       Responsibilities

 

           At Rainford C.E. Primary School and Raindrops Pre-school the following persons have specific responsibilities for health and safety.

 

           Mrs A Richardson is responsible for the circulation of Safety Information, Guidance, and Codes of Practice.

 

           Mrs J Owens is responsible for the recording of accidents and maintenance of the accident books and records.

 

           Mr. K Mitchell is responsible for the weekly test of the fire alarm.

 

           Mrs J Owens is the Safety Co-ordinator for this site.

 

           First aiders – The list of currently trained First aiders is on the Staffroom Notice Board and in the School Office

 

 

2.2    Health and Safety Communication

 

           A successful Health & Safety Policy relies heavily on effective communication and in particular making sure that all staff are aware of their role and have necessary information concerning health, safety and welfare of all members of staff, pupils and visitors.

 

           The School and Pre-school have identified the following meetings as being the most appropriate to both disseminate and receive matters on Health and Safety: -


 

        The half-termly Finance and Resources sub-committee meeting of the governing body

Weekly communication meetings with all staff

          

           The School Safety Policy and Procedures Manual and copies of other Health and Safety Information, Guidance, Codes of Practice and associated literature are kept in the Headteacher’s office.

 

 

2.3       Security outside of school hours

 

  • Parents are encouraged to report any suspicious activities to the police
  • The school has external lighting
  • Hirers of the school are advised to take account of security                                

Emergency Contacts:

 

  • Mrs Anya Richardson (Head)                   07496525182/01512520449
  • Mrs Jayne Owens  (SBM)                        07739872212
  • Mr Ken Mitchell(Caretaker – home )        01744 885304

 

        Useful Numbers

 

  • Principal Health & Safety Manager : June Bracken       01744 671722
  • Council Emergency Duty Officer (out of hours) 01744 23044
  • Corporate Safety 01744 673231
  • Corporate Safety (out of hours) 07891 061634
  • Road Safety & Travel Awareness 01744 673233
  •  Insurance Manager 01744 673247
  • CYPS Human Resources 01744 671840

          
3.0      RESPONSIBILITIES

 

3.1       The Governors

 

           The Governing Body has a direct responsibility for Health and Safety in the School. It will ensure it is fulfilling its legal requirements and that persons using the Finance and Resources are safe and without risk to health. All these responsibilities are for the purpose of day-to-day management, delegated to the Headteacher.

 

           Governors, will however, ensure that they: -

          

           -   approve the School Health and Safety Policy and ensure that it is brought to the attention of all staff.

 

-   receive all reports on Health and Safety resulting from any inspection, audit or monitoring carried out by the School, the LA or an enforcement agency such as the Health and Safety Executive.

 

           Governors will be expected to make reports on health and safety matters to: -

 

           -   the LA when requested to do so for the purpose of monitoring the LA’s implementation of its own Health and Safety Policy.

 

           -   to parents, through  Governors’ minutes, annual reports etc.

 

3.2       The Headteacher

          

           The overall responsibility for the School’s Health and Safety system and implementation of the health and safety policy rests with the Headteacher, who shall:

 

           -   set up arrangements in the School to cover all legal requirements for   health, safety and fire.

 

-   ensure the Governing Body is kept up to date with any new legislation, regulation or provision relevant to health and safety in schools.

 

           -   be available to any member of staff to discuss health and safety problems not solved at a lower level or through the school’s procedures.

 

           -   report to the Governing Body those instances in which the Head’s executive authority does not allow the elimination or reduction of risk to a satisfactory level, but to take all necessary short-term measures to avoid danger pending rectification.

 

           -   be available to any Trade Union appointed safety representatives and co-    operate with them as far as is reasonable in their efforts to carry out their     functions and to receive written reports from any such safety representatives     and respond in writing within a reasonable time.

 

           -   establish a safety committee within three months of receiving a written     request from two Trade Union Safety Representatives of the staff at the     School.

 

           -   to review regularly 1)       The provision of First Aid in School

                                            2)      The emergency (fire) procedures

 

           -   monitor the dissemination of safety information throughout the School.

 

           -   report to the Governors matters relating to health safety.

 

           -   ensure that all staff have received appropriate safety training.

 

           -   co-operate with the LA Health and Safety Adviser.

 

3.3       The School Health and Safety Co-ordinator  (SBM)

 

           The School Health and Safety Co-ordinator shall: -

 

           -   co-ordinate the Whole School Programme of Health and Safety by      ensuring full consultation and participation of all staff, through         appropriate meetings and consultation.

 

           -   carry out inspections of the school at least once a term and inform the     Headteacher of any problems/deficiencies and ensure that the appropriate action has been taken.

 

           -   administer the system for reporting, recording and investigating         accidents and take all reasonable steps to prevent recurrences, Reporting when necessary to the LA/ appropriate office.

 

           -   disseminate safety information within the school.

 

           -   ensure that new employees are briefed about safety arrangements and are     given a copy of the School’s Health and Safety policy and the opportunity      to read it.

 

           -   ensure that effective arrangements are in force to facilitate ready     evacuation in case of fire or other emergency and that fire-fighting     equipment is available and maintained.

 

           -   arrange for contractors and visitors to be informed of any hazards on site    of which they may be unaware and the emergency procedures.

 

           -   ensure temporary employees are given sufficient information,    training and supervision to enable them to be safe and without risk to     health.

 

           -   co-operate with the LA’s appointed Health and Safety Officer in         carrying out and updating risk assessments.

 

           -   ensure that health surveillance for staff is provided when appropriate.

 

3.4       Key Stage or subject Leaders

          

           -   have a general responsibility for the application of the LA’s and School’s safety policy to their own  key stage or subject and are directly responsible to the Head for the application of safety measures and procedures within their department.

 

           -   shall, where necessary, establish and maintain safe working procedures including arrangements for ensuring, so far as reasonably practicable, safety and absence of risk to health in connection with the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances.

 

           -   shall deal with any health and safety problems referred to them by a member of staff and refer to the Head if they cannot resolve any of these problems.

 

           -   shall carry out a regular safety inspection of the activities for which they are responsible and, where necessary, submit a report to the School Health   and Safety Co-ordinator with a copy to the Head.

 

           -   shall ensure as far as is reasonably practicable the provision of sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to enable other employees and pupils to avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own safety.

 

           -   shall where appropriate, seek advice and guidance of the relevant LA advisor or officer.

 

           -   shall propose to the Head or School Health and Safety Co-ordinator any     requirements for safety equipment and welfare facilities.

 

 

3.5       All Employees

 

           The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1992), require every employee whist at work to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of any other persons, including pupils and visitors, who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.

 

           All employees are expected: -

 

           -   To know those special safety measures and arrangements to be adopted in their own working areas and ensure they are applied.

 

           -   To inform the Headteacher or the School Health and Safety Co-         ordinator of any Training they feel they need to carry out their          responsibilities.

 

           -   To use and not wilfully misuse, neglect or interfere with things provided for their own safety and/or the safety of others.

 

           -   To co-operate with other employees in promoting improved safety       measures in their School.

 

           -   To co-operate with the appointed safety representatives and the     enforcement officer of the Health and Safety Executive or Public Health     Authority.

 

3.6       Class Teachers

 

           The safety of pupils in classrooms, and other teaching areas is the responsibility of class teachers; teachers have traditionally carried responsibility for the safety of pupils when they are in their charge. (Their responsibility cannot be delegated to a trainee teacher or non- teaching staff)

 

           If for any reason, a teacher considers that they cannot accept this responsibility, they should discuss the matter with the Head before allowing the work to take place.

 

           Class teachers are expected: -

 

           -   To exercise effective supervision of the pupils and to know the emergency procedures in respect of fire, bomb scare and first aid and to        carry them out.

 

           -   To know the special safety measures to be adopted in their own          teaching areas and to ensure that they are applied.

 

           -   To give clear instructions and warnings as often as necessary.

 

           -   To follow safe working procedures.

 

           -   To enforce the use of protective clothing, goods and special safe        working procedures.

 

           -   To make recommendations to the subject co-ordinators on safety        equipment and on additions or improvements to equipment or       machinery.

 

           -   To check all equipment regularly, protective clothing, furniture and their     environment (heating, lighting, etc.) and report any defects to the Heath      and Safety Officer.

 

3.7       Pupils

 

           The pupils are expected: -

 

           -   To exercise personal responsibility for their own safety and that of other     pupils.

 

           -   To observe standards of dress consistent with safety and/or hygiene (this     includes the ‘jewellery’ school rules).

 

           -   To observe all safety rules of the School and in particular, the   instructions of teaching staff given in an emergency.

 

           -   To use and not wilfully misuse, neglect or interfere with things provided for his/her safety.

 

3.8       Parents

 

           Parents have a responsibility to: -

 

           -   Make provision for full time education.

 

           -   Abide by/support the rules and regulations of the school.

 

           -   Act as a ‘reasonable parent’.

 

 

3.9.      Visitors

 

           Regular visitors and other users of the Finance and Resources should observe the safety rules of the School. In particular, adult volunteers will be made aware of health and safety arrangements applicable to them by the teacher to whom they are assigned.

 

           The main entrance door is closed at all times and has a security code lock. All visitors must report to Reception, where an adult member of staff will ascertain the identity of the visitor and ask for identification if necessary. All visitors must sign the Visitors book.

 

           All pupils arriving or departing during the school day must do so via the Office, where they are signed in or out by the person collecting or delivering them.

 

 

 

 

4.0    ARRANGEMENTS

 

4.1       First Aid

 

           The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations1981, cover all employees, teaching and non-teaching in schools and educational establishments. Although pupils and students are not covered by the Regulations, the DfEE recommend that schools have suitable first aid facilities and a sufficient number of trained persons, normally one First aider for every 50 employees.

 

           In estimating additional provision sufficient to cover pupil numbers, 1 First aider for every 150 pupils is normally held to be a reasonable ratio.

 

           Every School should have suitably equipped first aid boxes in easily accessible places. At this school they are located in each class and in the Photocopier Room.

 

           The following people hold HSE approved first aid at work certificates

 

           1.  Name: Mrs J Pye                   2.  Name:  Mrs Jayne Owens        

          

 

The following people hold Paediatric First Aid certificates:

 

  1. Mrs R. Leeming
  2. Mrs I. Kennedy
  3. Ms R Williams
  4. Mrs E Shawcross
  5. Mrs R McVey
  6. Ms J Kelly
  7. Mrs A Hardman
  8. Ms S Preston
  9. Mrs N Allman
  10. Mrs H Byrne
  11. Mrs A Ashton
  12. Mrs S Skilling

 

                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

First aiders

                                                                                    

Name

Certificate

Expiry Date

J Pye

First Aid at Work

October 19

Jayne Owens

First Aid at Work

September 20

Evan Attrill

Rebecca Dearden

Rebecca Johnson

Jenny Fox

Nadine Houghton

Jayne Owens

Suzanne Preston

Emma Shawcross

Anya Richardson

Anne Dolan

Ruth McVey

Julie Pye

Rebecca Leeming

Kathryn Cornthwaite

Gill Dowdle

Linda Ratcliffe

First Aid Inset Training including AED

June 20

Evan Attrill

Kathryn Cornthwaite

Appointed Persons

December 19

 

          

        Functions of First aiders.

 

           1.  To ensure first aid boxes are stocked, regularly checked and refilled.

           2. To ensure records are kept of first aid treatment given.

           3. To administer treatment in accordance with the first aid training they have     received.

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

Suggested contents of a First Aid Kit.

 

        Item.

 

           Guidance card  1

           Individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings in assorted sizes.  20

           Sterile eye pads with attachments. 2

           Individually wrapped triangular bandages. 2

Safety Pins 6

           Medium sized individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressings. 2

           Large sized individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressings.  2

           Disposable gloves     3

           Where tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, sterile water or sterile normal saline in sealed disposable containers should be provided. Each container should hold 300ml. At this school these are kept in or outside Class1,3,7.10 and in the stockroom.

 

        First Aid Kits should contain only the items that a first aider has been trained to use. They should not contain medication of any kind.

 

4.2       Accident Reporting Procedures

 

           All Accidents

(The definition of ‘accident’ includes acts of non consensual physical violence done to persons at work).

            

4.3           All serious personal injuries shall be recorded using the St.Helens Council online Accident Reporting System.

4.4       All accidents involving pupils shall be recorded on the school’s accident slips. Accidents resulting in more serious injury and/or absence should be recorded via the online Accident Reporting System.

          

Procedure for Employees, Members of the Public

 

           Guidance:           Copies of the St. Helens Council Accident Support Forms can be obtained from ‘St Helens Life’ system or the Corporate Health & Safety Section, (01744) 671722/673236/671654/673234/673231

 

  • Personal injuries to employees resulting in over 7 days absence will be reported to the Health and Safety Officer at St Helens Council within two days of the absence.  The Departmental Safety Officer will in consultation with the Headteacher report to the HSE within 15 days of occurrence.
  • Fatalities, major injury accidents and dangerous occurrences, must be notified immediately (normally by telephone) as follows: -

 

Headteacher  Mrs Anya Richardson 01744 883281

    Corporate Health and Safety Section  01744 673231

 

The Departmental Safety Officer, will in consultation with the above, notify the HSE.

 

The Line Manager shall ensure all accidents are investigated and where necessary remedial measures implemented.

 

Electronic Accident forms submitted via the online system shall be retained by the Corporate Health & Safety Section.

In order to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 these records shall be kept on a secure drive and all records are treated confidentially.

 

For inspection purposes, employee accident reports shall be held separately from other groups. e.g. visitors, pupils, service use.

 

           Procedure for Pupils

 

           1) Minor injuries will be entered in an accident book or suitable record book      kept on site.

 

           2) Fatalities, major injury accidents must be notified immediately (normally by telephone) as follows: -

 

               Headteacher

               Corporate Health and Safety Section

          

           The Departmental Safety Officer will in consultation with the above notify the HSE.

 

           For guidance a list of Major Injury and Dangerous Occurrences is provided in the Safety Procedures Manual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.3       Fire Safety

 

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), came into effect from the 1st October 2006 reforming Fire Safety Legislation and removing the requirement for a Fire Certificate.    The order requires a “Responsible Person” to be named who will ensure that the Finance and Resources complies with the order.

 

Building Bulletin 100 (BB100), Design for Fire Safety in Schools Produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), recommends that it is important for each establishment to appoint a Fire Safety Manager.

 

The named ‘Responsible Person’ /Fire Safety Manager for Rainford CE Primary School is Mrs Anya Richardson.

 

The main duties of the Fire Safety Manager include:

 

  • Managing the school to minimise the incidence of fire (fire prevention) e.g. good housekeeping and security;
  • Producing an Emergency Fire Plan;
  • Checking the adequacy of fire-fighting equipment and ensuring its regular maintenance;
  • Ensuring fire escape routes and fire exit doors/passageways are kept unobstructed and doors operate correctly;
  • Ensuring that fire detection and protection systems are maintained, tested and suitable records are kept;
  • Ensuring any close down procedures are followed.
  • Ensure that suitable arrangements are in place for out of hours activations of the fire alarm, either by the school staff or the security force acting on their behalf.
  • Ensuring there are disability evacuation provisions within the emergency fire plan.

 

Schools are visited on a regular basis by the Fire Brigade who will make recommendations in relation to means of escape, means for giving warning, the means for fighting fire and any particular hazards present on the Finance and Resources.

          

A Fire Risk Assessment has been completed for the school.  The assessment must be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure it is still relevant. 

 

Where any structural or procedural changes occur the assessment will require amending and the school will contact the Corporate Health & Safety Section to arrange this. 

 

The assessment should be accessible and available for inspection by the Fire Authority.

At Rainford CE Primary School, regular fire drills and walk through inspections will be carried out in order to ensure that basic fire prevention procedures are observed.

 

 

          

  Fire Drills

 

  A schedule of fire drills has been established on the basis of one drill per term.

 

  Mrs A Richardson has been nominated to organise the fire drills and should keep a record of the drill using St.Helens MBC Fire Precautions Logbook or its equivalent.

 

  Fire Emergency Action

 

  1)       If a fire is discovered, raise the alarm via the nearest fire alarm call point.

 

  2)      On hearing the alarm all pupils should leave the school buildings under the   direction of their teacher.

 

  3)      Doors and windows should be closed as classrooms and corridors are evacated.

 

  4)      All laboratory, experimental equipment and apparatus should be turned off.

 

  5)      The Headteacher or her Deputy will telephone the Fire Brigade or detail another member of staff to do so.

 

6)        When the pupils are assembled the roll will be called via the      register. Any pupils not accounted for should be reported to the Fire Brigade on arrival.

 

  7)      Until the Fire Brigade arrives, the Staff should, after the pupils are safely   evacuated and accounted for, remain at the assembly point until the Fire       Brigade allows re-entry of the building.

 

Means of Escape

 

  Regular inspections shall be made of means of escape, to ensure that they are free from obstruction. If any means of escape is found to be blocked in any way, for example with furniture or rubbish, immediate action must be taken to clear the obstruction. Inspection shall also include that all fire safety signs e.g. direction of escape route, are in place and clearly visible. Immediate action will be taken to replace or expose to view any sign, which is not visible.

 

Fire Fighting Equipment

 

  Only trained staff will use fire Fighting Equipment when they are confident in their ability to douse a small blaze, in most cases they should leave the area immediately by the nearest escape route.

 

  Fire extinguishers at Rainford C.E.Primary School are subject to an annual inspection by a competent contractor.

 

  Fire Fighting equipment including extinguishers, blankets, hose reels, sand and water buckets (if on site) will also be checked for: -

 

  1)       Correct location (as advised by the Local Fire Authority)

  2)      Vandalism

  3)      Obstruction

 

 

 

 

Fire Alarm Systems

 

  The Fire Alarm System should be tested at a pre-determined time on a weekly basis via a different alarm point on each occasion.

 

  Mr. K Mitchell (Caretaker) is responsible for the weekly alarm test at this site.

 

  The day and time of the test is Friday at 9.10am.

 

  This will ensure that in addition to checking the system as a whole, all call alarm points are tested on a regular basis. Any sounding of the alarm outside the agreed time should be treated as an evacuation. Any visitors or contractors should be informed of tests.

 

Fire Doors

 

  Fire doors play an essential role in prohibiting the spread of smoke and fire, but only if they are closed and stay closed during a fire.

 

  Fire doors should not be wedged open or propped open with fire extinguishers or litterbins, such practices should be discouraged.

 

  Faults found in any mechanism will be reported for immediate attention.

 

 

4.4.      Any Other Emergencies.

 

  It may be necessary to evacuate pupils to a place of safety away from the school vicinity e.g. if there was a bomb threat or gas leak. If this should occur the School Emergency Procedure (see attached appendix 1) should be used. Copies of this are also found in the Headteacher office and in the Staff room.

 

Rainford C.E. Primary Schools’ Place of Safety is Rainford High School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.5.      Electrical Safety

 

  Following the introduction of the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989), the Health and Safety Executive issued a revised edition of Guidance note GS23 Electrical Safety in Schools. The advice given includes the following points: -

 

  -        the fixed electrical circuits etc., within the school should be inspected and tested at least every five years by a competent person.

 

  -        Where wiring is subject to damage and abuse (e.g. surface wiring in temporary classrooms and in external areas) it should be similarly inspected every three years.

 

- A competent person must inspect any additions or changes to the school wiring before power is applied.

 

  -        A register of all electrical equipment should be kept to ensure that it is not possible for apparatus previously regarded as defective to slip back into use.

 

  -        Equipment, which was not manufactured to current standards, may need modification.

 

  -        Home made or modified equipment should be inspected and tested by a   competent person before use.

 

  -        All electrical equipment operating at over 50 volts should be visibly checked each term and any defective items rectified.

 

  -        Any hand held equipment that has an exposed metal case should be inspected and tested by a competent person each year.

 

  -        Any double insulated equipment (i.e. no exposed metal casing) should be visibly inspected for any damage to the insulation of the item, cable sheath or plug each time it is used.

 

  -        Where equipment is used outside the building via a flexible cable a residual current device (RCD) should be used in the supply circuit.

 

Portable Appliance Testing

 

  The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) requires employers to maintain electrical equipment used at work so that it stays safe.

 

  Fixed equipment is tested every three years and portable equipment annually.

 

  The responsibility for ensuring that departmental inventories of equipment are drawn up rest with Mrs J Owens (SBM)

 

Mr. K.Mitchell (Caretaker) will report all electrical faults.

 

  A competent person must carry out electrical testing, where the needs for such have been identified. A suitably qualified electrical contractor (recommended by the LA) will inspect all electrical equipment as laid out in this policy.

 

4.6.      Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 (COSHH)

 

  The COSHH Regulations, as amended, require employers to assess the risks to the health of employees posed by the use of toxic, harmful, irritant and corrosive substances; these include many substances in use in CDT, Art and Science departments.

 

  More detailed information is contained in the booklet entitled “COSHH: Guidance for Schools” (ISBN 011 885511 5) which has been distributed to all Schools. Further copies can be obtained from the Central Safety Section.

 

  A risk assessment looks at ways in which the use of a substance(s) can give rise to harm and the steps required to reduce that harm. The duty to carry out such assessment will normally rest with the Senior Management Team, though the responsibility may be delegated to another person. In all but the simplest cases, the assessment must be recorded.

 

  General risk assessments have been drawn up by CLEAPPS for most substances in use in CDT and Science. For other substances not covered by these assessments, such as those in Art departments, an assessment must be completed.

 

4.7.      Pupils with Medical Needs.

 

  Whenever possible pupils with medical needs will be supported in such a way as to minimise any disruption to their education. This school follows the Guidance on Medication drawn up by the LA.

 

  It is the responsibility of parents to inform the school about any allergies their child may have. e.g. Medicines, Pets, Foods etc.

 

  Pets, other than the fish in the reception area, are rarely kept in school. Occasionally children or other visitors bring pets into school for educational purposes. It is important therefore that school is advised of any allergies to animals or bedding materials so that necessary precautions can be taken.

 

  As an attempt to avoid any potential problems with Peanut Allergy Syndrome, the LA has made it their policy to ensure no nuts or nut based products will be supplied to their kitchens. It is also the school’s policy that no nuts of any type will be sold to pupils in school.

 

  For further information see the School’s Medical Needs Policy – Appendix 2.

 

4.8.      Protection of children from Weather Hazards.

 

  It is the responsibility of the parents to send caps or hats into school when the weather is very sunny. It is not the responsibility of the school to ensure that children cover up in the sun. The school’s only responsibility is to advise the children to cover up.

 

  When the weather is icy, the caretaker will attempt to make paths safe by spreading grit. A grit and sandbox is located at the front of school.

 

4.9.      Outdoor Education Activities and School Trips.

 

This school recognises the importance of ensuring that outdoor education activities and school trips are planned and organised so that there is minimal risk to pupils, staff and helpers. The school follows the LA Guidelines on School Trips and Outdoor Activities. When planning school excursions, the following guidelines should be noted:

 

  1)       It is the responsibility of the leading member of staff to plan all trips with   the approval of the Headteacher.

 

  2)      Before any trip takes place staff should ensure that all safety aspects have been investigated. Any foreseeable risks, insurance, first aid cover, protective clothing and training for staff and pupils should have been considered and completed. All arrangements should be recorded clearly and copies of these should be distributed to all accompanying helpers and the School Office.

 

  3) Longer trips or holidays are to have the permission of the School Governing Body.

 

  4)      All trips should follow the guidelines of the LA policy on trips and should include the correct ratio of adults to children as advised by the Headteacher: -

 

            1 adult to 8 (FS / KS1 ) 10 ( KS2 ) children for day trips.

            1 adult to 15 children for local walking trips.

 

5)        Written parental/guardian permission must be given for each pupil prior to any trips. Permission for local walking trips (e.g. to church, the library or around the village) may be given by an annually updated signed     consent form relating to all trips in that school year. A list of all children on day trips or school holidays should be left in the school office, in case of emergency.

 

 

5.0    CURRICULUM SAFETY MATTERS.

 

  To complete all aspects of the National Curriculum, equipment is occasionally used which may be potentially hazardous. Teachers should be aware that: -

 

  1)       All tools with potential safety hazards are to be kept in a suitable, safe place.

 

  2)      Tools are only used under supervision of a teacher after discussion of the tool’s potential hazards with the pupils.

 

5.1       Craft Design and Technology.

 

  All tools are to be kept in a suitable place and are only to be made available to pupils under the direction of and supervision of a teacher.

 

  All work must be organised in groups whose numbers are relevant to the age and experience of the pupils and must be supervised by the teacher or by a responsible adult, under the direction of the teacher.

 

5.2.      Art.

 

  All glues and substances used in school should be solvent free and free of any toxic substances. Any activity done by pupils using scissors or other tools should be carried out in small groups, graded in size by the age and experience of the pupils. Pupils learning to use scissors in Reception are taught individually or in groups of two or three as they progress, so that safe skills are taught and built upon during their school life.

 

  Suitable clothing protection should be used if necessary, but it is the responsibility of parents to provide this.

 

5.3.      Science

 

  No dangerous substances should be kept in School.

 

  Experiments should take place: -

 

  -        In front of the class by a teacher or other qualified person or in small   groups according to the age and experience of the pupils, BUT ALWAYS under the supervision of a teacher or an experienced adult.

 

            Suitable clothing protection should be worn if necessary.

 

 

5.4       Physical Education.

 

           The Headteacher/P.E. Co-ordinator should ensure that supervising teachers have the appropriate qualification/training for the activities taught as outlined in the BAALPE Publication – Safe Practices in Physical Education.

 

           The P.E. Co-ordinator shall ensure that gym equipment is within the current test period and adequately maintained and inspected before use. This takes place in the spring term. The inspection shall be organised by the Education Dept. Property Services Officer.

 

           The class teacher should carry out a cursory visual check of equipment and playing surface/area prior to the commencement of P.E. activities and any debris or potential hazards are removed.

 

           The class should be systematically prepared for P.E., when particular attention should be made to suitable clothing and footwear, removal of any jewellery, and warnings should be given regarding appropriate behaviour according to the age and experience of pupils.

 

           The P.E. Co-coordinator/Class Teacher shall ensure that pupils using P.E. equipment are adequately supervised in accordance with the guidelines given in the BAALPE booklet.

 

           Trainee Teachers should be supervised as recommended in the appropriate guidelines.

 

           Any local visits or other outdoor pursuits, which take place away from the School site, require signed consent from parents.

 

           In the interest of Health and Safety ALL jewellery and other personal effects should be removed before a P.E. lesson. Acceptable P.E. clothing is that which presents no risk or injury to the wearer or other pupils.

 

           Class teachers should be aware of any pupil receiving drug therapy and should plan accordingly. Pupils with disabilities at any level should be catered for.

 

 

6.0    SCHOOL BUILDINGS.

 

           The school has a prioritised programme of maintenance to ensure the safety and highest standard of repairs it can provide. The Governing Body Finance and Resources Committee carries out regular inspections of the building.

          

           The caretaker and cleaners clean the building.

 

           The fire extinguishers are maintained by Churches Fire.

 

           Contractors.

 

           All contractors on the Finance and Resources are authorised by the LA or by the School’s Governing Body. They must have proof of identity and sign in at the School Office when on site.

 

           If a job is to be carried out in school time all necessary precautions should be made to ensure the safety of the pupils and adults affected, e.g. coning off the area.

 

           Use of School Buildings.

 

           Any outside organisation, which uses the school building, will be shown the School Safety Policy so that all persons are aware of the procedures.

 

           The main door in Reception is the only entrance to be used at functions outside normal working hours, so that unauthorised access to the site is minimised.

 

This policy also applies to Breakfast Club and After School Club.

This Policy should be read in conjunction with St Helens Health and Safety Policy Statement 2015 and St Helens’ Health and Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits 2013.

 

Contact the School

Rainford C E Primary School

Cross Pit Lane
Rainford
St Helens
WA11 8AJ

Main Contact: Jayne Owens (Office)

Tel: 01744 883281
Fax: 01744 886495
rainfordp@sthelens.org.uk