HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY – ORGANISATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

 Governing Body

The Governing Body, who as the employer in Lees Brook Community School, have overall responsibility for health and safety.

                       

The Governors are responsible for making appropriate provision within the school's delegated budget and generally supporting and monitoring health and safety within the school. This includes a requirement under Section 4 of the Health and Safety at Work etc., Act 1974 to take measures which are within their power to make sure that premises are safe and without risk to health to others who use the school. 

They may require the Head teacher to submit periodic reports to them and appoint a Governor to take an interest in health and safety (but without assuming any of the responsibilities of the Head teacher).

 

The Headteacher

At school level, the Headteacher has day to day responsibility as Officer in Charge of the premises for ensuring that they are safe. In so doing, they may delegate certain tasks and responsibilities to other members of staff.

The head teacher is also responsible as a senior line manager for ensuring that staff, pupils and other visitors (including contractors) adopt safe working practices and generally conduct themselves in such a way that they will not injure themselves or others.

The head teacher is responsible for the implementation of the Health and Safety Policy and for ensuring that the School fulfils its statutory obligations with respect to the health, safety and welfare of staff, pupils and others.

In order to fulfil these responsibilities the Headteacher will:

 

  1. Liaise with the Governing Body to ensure the achievement of the School’s health and safety objectives.
  1. Chair the School Health and Safety committee and ensure that reports from the Committee are made to meetings of the Governors.
  1. Ensure that adequate resources are allocated to the provision and maintenance of health, safety and welfare. Include issues in the School Development Plan, if necessary.
  1. Ensure that the school has a Health and Safety Policy Statement; reviewing it at least every 3 years unless there is an significant change then it will be reviewed immediately.
  1. Ensure that each employee's responsibility regarding health and safety is included in his/her job description.
  1. Check that the Health and Safety requirements are actually implemented e.g. risk assessments, and keeping a record of the periodic monitoring which is undertaken. This will be a requirement on members of staff who have been given delegated responsibility to report in writing on a regular basis.
  1. Ensure that all staff, pupils and visitors either have a copy of the Policy Statement and the relevant supporting documents, or know where the Policy can be seen.
  1. Undertake Risk Assessments and recording items of significance; (this is a statutory requirement under Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations 1999).
  1. Ensure regular health and safety inspections are carried out (at least once a term) and reduce the risks to health and safety as appropriate.
  1. Receive and deal promptly with complaints about unsafe premises, equipment or work practices.
  1. Ensure that emergency evacuation procedures are in place.
  1. Ensure that the requirements of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Fire Authority and Environmental Health Officers are properly addressed.
  1. Ensure that adequate first aid provision is made and ensure that all accidents, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences are recorded and reported as required by the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 and where appropriate ensure that all accidents, injuries and near misses are investigated.
  1. Consult, as necessary, either individually or collectively, with staff on issues related to health and safety.

 

Senior leadership and extended senior leadership

The team is responsible for the implementation of the Health and Safety policy and for ensuring that the School fulfils its statutory obligations with respect to the health safety and welfare of staff, pupils and others in respect of all activities under their control.

In order to fulfil these responsibilities they will:

 

  1. Draw up any departmental procedures necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the safety policy and culture.
  1. Ensure that they keep themselves and members of their team up to date with the latest advice on good health and safety practice from the Health and Safety Executive and appropriate professional bodies.
  1. Undertake Risk Assessments and recording items of significance; (this is a statutory requirement under Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations 1999)
  1. Arrange for any shortcomings in the safety measures, inspections, training and instruction to be rectified so far as is reasonably practicable, in conjunction with the school's Governing Body and the Headteacher.
  1. Instruct those employees in their respective sections precisely and clearly on their duties with regard to their individual health and safety and the safety of their fellow employees and all other persons who may be exposed to risks to health and safety arising out of, or in connection with, the activities of employees of the school when they remain on the school premises.
  1. Report all hazards, accidents and damage which they are informed of, or which may come to their knowledge, immediately in accordance with outlined procedures.
  1. Consult, either individually or collectively, with the staff for whom they are responsible on issues related to health and safety.

 

Teachers

Teachers will work at all times in accordance with the health and safety policy and associated documentation including risk assessments and departmental procedures.

In order to fulfil these responsibilities they will:

  1. Comply at all times with any safety instructions from their line managers.
  1. Check before use that classrooms/work areas and equipment is safe and ensure that all areas under their supervision or control are kept in a clean and tidy manner and that any potentially harmful articles or substances are used and stored in a manner not likely to result in harm.
  1. Ensure that they and children under supervision wear personal protective clothing and equipment where appropriate to activities carried out.
  1. Ensure that at all times pupils are supervised in a manner appropriate to the nature of the activities in which they are engaged and the area in which they are taking place.
  1. Ensure that they keep themselves up to date with the latest advice on good health and safety practice from the Health and Safety Executive and appropriate professional bodies.

 

The Director of Asset Management

The Director of Asset Management will ensure that all school premises provide a healthy and safe environment for employees, pupils and others.

They are responsible for the implementation of the Health and Safety policy and for ensuring that the School fulfils its statutory obligations with respect to the health safety and welfare of staff, pupils and others in respect of all estates, grounds maintenance and related activities including the activities of contractors working on the site.

The Director of Asset Management is responsible for supporting the Headteacher in the effective implementation of Lees Brook Community School Health and Safety Policy.

In order to fulfil these responsibilities the Director of Asset Management will:

 

  1. Consult with the Governing Body’s Health and Safety representative to keep them informed of the accidents or incidents occurring in the school involving employees of the school and all other persons who may be exposed to risks to health and safety arising out of, or in connection with, the activities of employees of the school whilst they are at work.
  1. Keep under review the necessity for further safety measures, instruction and training to ensure the health and safety at work of all employees of the school and all other persons who may be exposed to risks to health and safety arising out of, or in connection with, the activities of employees whilst they are at work.
  1. Be available at all reasonable times to receive Safety Representatives and attend safety meetings in the school when deemed necessary.
  1. Ensure that risk assessments, associated procedures and safe systems of work are in place and followed in respect of any work carried out under his control, whether that work is carried out by employees or by contractors on behalf of the School.
  1. Ensure that a system is put in place for the selection of competent contractors and ensure the effective control and co-ordination of the work of contractors on the School site and that work is carried out in accordance with any methods statements agreed with them.
  1. Ensure the effective implementation of the safety policy and that risk assessments and associated procedures and documents are drawn up and implemented and keeps himself and members of his team up to date with any changes to this policy and associated documentation.
  1. Ensure that they keep themself and the members of their team up to date with the latest advice on good health and safety practice from the Health and Safety Executive and appropriate professional bodies.
  1. Ensure that all staff for whom they are responsible have received any information and training necessary to ensure they can carry out their work without risk to themselves or others.
  1. Consult, either individually or collectively, with the staff for whom they are responsible on issues related to health and safety.

 

Other non-teaching staff with supervisory responsibilities

All such staff, including the School Nurse and Catering Manager, in respect of all activities that they control will:

 

  1. Ensure that all school premises provide a healthy and safe environment for employees, pupils and visitors.
  1. Ensure that safe systems of work are adopted in respect of any work carried out, whether that work is carried out by employees or by contractors on behalf of the School.
  1. Ensure that risk assessments and associated procedures and documents are in place and are followed.
  1. Ensure that all staff for whom they are responsible have received any information and training necessary to ensure they can carry out their work without risk to themselves or others.
  1. Draw up any procedures necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the safety policy.
  1. Ensure that they keep themselves and members of their team up to date with any changes to this policy and associated documentation.
  1. Ensure that they keep themselves and members of their team up to date with the latest advice on good health and safety practice from the Health and Safety Executive and appropriate professional bodies.
  1. Consult, either individually or collectively, with the staff for whom they are

responsible on issues related to health and safety.

 

All staff

All Staff in the School have A PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for the health and safety of themselves, their colleagues, pupils and visitors. They have also a duty in law under the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 to report any shortcomings in the employer’s health and safety arrangements for the protection of people at work and who may be affected by them.

Staff will cooperate with all arrangements made by the School to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees, pupils and others. In particular they will:

 

 

  1. Accept their personal responsibility to comply with arrangements made in respect of health and safety.
  1. Ensure that in all their actions they promote and contribute to the maintenance of health and safety.
  1. Take reasonable care to ensure their own health and safety and that of others that may be affected by their actions.
  1. Not interfere with any equipment provided to ensure health and safety.
  1. Use all safety systems, equipment and protective clothing as required.
  1. Report to appropriate management any defective plant, machinery, tools, other equipment and any systems of work or conduct that constitutes a hazard.
  1. Ensure that all accidents, however minor, are entered into the accident book and that all accidents and dangerous occurrences are reported to management.

 

Health and Safety Advisor

The School will appoint a suitably qualified and experienced advisor to advise on health and safety matters. The advisor will be a Member of IOSH and will have a minimum qualification of NEBOSH National Diploma Level 1 in Occupational Safety and Health or equivalent and relevant experience in the Education sector.

The Advisor will:

 

  1. Advise Governors, the Headteacher and other staff as appropriate on relevant health and safety law and practice.
  1. Carry out an annual audit of the School's health and safety systems and report to the Headteacher and the Health and Safety Committee.
  1. Provide on request such other health and safety advice as may be required.

The Health and Safety Advisor currently appointed is Derby City Council Corporate Health and Safety Advisory Services.

 

Pupils

Where any pupil’s continued participation in any School activity is held to be a threat to the health and safety of themselves or others, the Head teacher and Governing Body of Lees Brook Community School shall at their discretion exercise their right to exclude that pupil from further participation in classes. Such exclusion will normally be preceded by consultation with the pupil’s parent(s) or guardian(s) but may, where circumstances preclude such consultation, take place without it.

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