Health and Safety Policy

Approval: September 29th 2021
Review Date: September 2022

Responsibilities

The Headteacher retains overall responsibility for matters relating to health, safety and welfare, but delegates day to day responsibilities to the Operations Manager.

It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to ensure that information, guidelines and regulations are made known to staff. This will normally be done through the line management structure.

Line managers are responsible for ensuring the appropriate health and safety documents, eg risk assessments, have been written, displayed in their departments and actions arising are implemented.

All employees have a responsibility under the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 section 7, which states, “It shall be the duty of every employee whilst at work

  • to take reasonable care for the health and safety of himself and other persons who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work; and
  • as regards any duty or requirement imposed on his employer or any other  person by or under  any of the relevant statutory provisions, to co-operate with him so far as is necessary to enable that duty or requirement to be performed or complied with.”

The school will consult with teaching and support staff trade unions on health and safety matters as they arise, and hold a Health and Safety committee termly.

Amey FM are the managed service who provide a maintenance and cleaning service in the main campus building and grounds. They are responsible for providing a safe working environment for all users of the campus main site, including fire alarm testing and fire extinguishers.

The school’s Operations Team are responsible for a safe working environment for all users of legacy buildings, eg modular classrooms and changing block.

Safety Inspections

Departments are responsible for completing regular departmental health & safety and preventative maintenance checks of their equipment. They should keep a signed and dated record of those checks.

First Aid and Accident Reporting

The trust will provide an adequate number of suitably trained first aiders and a Healthcare Assistant who is based in the main office. Occupational Health Services are used when appropriate. Refer to the First Aid Policy for further information.

A record of accidents is kept in the campus main office. Reportable accidents are sent to Occupational Safety Section at Bradford Council under our agreed SLA.

Accidents and near misses that are a RIDDOR, or could result in an insurance claim, are reported to the Trust’s Property and Health and Safety Manager on the Parago software.

Documentation and inspections

Relevant documents, such as risk assessments, Fire Management Plan and Emergency Plan, will be reviewed every year or earlier if working habits or conditions change.

A termly Health and Safety report is issued to Governors by the Operations Manager. A routine inspection of the building, grounds and departmental health and safety checks will take place once a term.

Off-Site Visits

Please see Trips Procedure document and Visits and Journeys Policy. The Leader-In-Charge of the trip is responsible for ensuring all the relevant health and safety documentation and consent forms have been completed.

Emergencies

Fire Emergency Procedures and Drills

Refer to the campus Fire Management Plan. Escape routes are well signed and kept clear. Evacuation drills are held once a term.

Invacuation & Lockdown Drills

Refer to the campus Emergency Plan. Practice drills to be held annually.

Bomb Warnings

Refer to the campus Emergency Plan.

Ambulance

Refer to the Procedure for using Emergency Ambulance Services document.

Hazards

Covid-19 Pandemic

The Headteacher will write and update the school’s Covid-19 opening risk assessment, and ensure practices in school reflect existing advice from local and national Government for our region. 

Hand sanitiser is to be available throughout school including in classrooms and circulation areas. Sanitiser wipes and paper towels are also to be available in classrooms. Cleaners are to operate throughout the day to clean touchpoints.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

COSHH assessments must be carried out by the responsible person where potentially harmful substances are used. Amey FM are responsible for their COSHH assessments, for instance substances they use to clean the building.

Asbestos

The Southfield Lane Bungalow is the only building owned by the school with asbestos present. Please refer to the relevant asbestos register for details. Amey FM advise us that none of their buildings have any asbestos present.

Electrical Safety

In legacy buildings electrical safety tests are undertaken by qualified and competent contractors. In their buildings, Amey FM advise us that a qualified contractors or a competent person are also used.

Staff should make visual checks of electrical appliances they use.

Gas Safety

Gas maintenance, servicing and installation is undertaken by GAS SAFE registered contractors in buildings owned by the school. In buildings on the main campus site where Amey FM are responsible they advise us that GAS SAFE registered contractors are also used.

Machinery and Equipment

Only authorised users may use equipment where there is a need for training, certification or specialist knowledge. Where guidance requires it, training will be provided and is the responsibility of the line managers to identify specific training needs.

Amey FM have responsibility for maintaining all but Art, Catering and Design Technology machines and plant.

Legionella Testing

Routine testing will be completed by a competent contractor in buildings owned by the trust. Amey FM advise us they use a competent contractor for buildings that are their responsibility.

Drinking water and washing facilities are available on the campus to all staff, students and visitors.

Contractors & Visitors

Contractors may only start work after the appropriate authorisation has been given, which will include a contractor’s checklist, or Amey FM’s permit to work form and relevant health & safety induction. They are responsible for ensuring they work in a safe manner and for issuing their own risk assessments, methods statements and personal protective equipment when it is relevant to do so.

Contractors and visitors to the campus are subject to DBS procedures.

Access and Security

Access to the site and buildings is by use of proximity control readers. Staff have access to all areas on site. Visitors and students are granted access where appropriate.

Amey FM maintains the system on the main campus site.

Vehicles On Site

Traffic calming measures are installed throughout the general vehicle access areas on the main campus site. Pedestrian footpaths are available where necessary.

Vehicular access on to campus is monitored throughout the day and controlled by automatically controlled gates during lesson times. Access is restricted when students arrive and leave at the beginning and end of the school day. 

A separate area is provided for deliveries to the school.