St. Patrick's Glen Primary School
161 Glen Road
Tel: 028 7964 3267
The objective of this Policy is to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that no person is placed in a situation where injury or ill health may be caused as a result of the school or Board’s undertaking and that all such risks are assessed and appropriately controlled.
•The North Eastern Education & Library Board recognises and accepts its responsibility for health & safety as an employer, and in particular the duties laid down in Article 4(Employers Duties) of the Health & Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.
•It also recognises and accepts its duties laid down in Articles 5 and 6 of that Order in respect to persons other than its employees.
•The Board will take all reasonably practicable steps to meet this responsibility for its employees including those employed by it at Maintained Schools under the terms of Article 88 of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.
•Where reasonably practicable, it will pay particular attention to the provision and maintenance of:-
oa safe place of work, safe access to it and safe egress from it;
oplant, equipment and systems of work that are safe;
osafe arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances;
osufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to enable all employees to avoid risk and contribute positively to safety and health at work;
oa healthy working environment;
oadequate welfare facilities.
•The Board will, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide and maintain up to date information for all staff on the hazards and risks of substances, equipment and systems used at work to include the recommendations of relevant risk assessments.
•Without detracting from the primary responsibility of Boards of Governors, principals and managers for ensuring safe conditions of work, the Board, where reasonably practicable, will provide competent technical advice on safety and health matters where this is necessary to assist management in its task.
•The Board will co-operate fully in the appointment of safety representatives for its staff by recognised trade unions and will provide them, where appropriate, with sufficient facilities to carry out this task.
•The Board will co-operate fully when requested in the setting up of a safety committee(s) and will liaise with Boards of Governors with a view to agreeing representation on the committee(s).
•The Board is mindful of its responsibility to consult with all members of staff on issues of safety and health and will equally facilitate non-trade union consultative committees.
•The Board reminds its employees of their duties under Article 8 of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order, 1978 to take reasonable care for their safety and that of other persons and to co-operate with the Board so as to enable it to carry out its responsibilities successfully.
•The Board will establish procedures to monitor and increase the effectiveness of its Health and Safety Policy.
•A copy of this statement will be issued to all employees. It will be reviewed, added to or modified from time to time and may be supplemented in appropriate cases by further statements relating to the work of particular groups of workers.
The Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 states that a safety policy should be revised "as often as may be appropriate". This safety policy will be reviewed annually and revised as necessary.
ROLE OF BOARDS OF GOVERNORS
Governors have a statutory responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 for ensuring that the Board’s Safety Policy is both understood and implemented in schools under their control and that risk assessments are carried out to address significant risks.
The Schedule to the Scheme for the Membership, Procedure and Functions of the Board of Governors and the Scheme for Local Management of Schools assign to Boards of Governors a number of functions, duties and responsibilities in respect of health and safety including the preparation of a Fire Safety Policy.
In the discharge of their statutory responsibilities Governors must ensure:-
•that all teaching staff recommended for appointment by them hold appropriate qualifications both to teach the subjects required of them and to use the necessary equipment and machinery;
•that both teaching and non-teaching staff are provided with regular training that will assist them to work safely;
•the maintenance of procedures for the safety of both teaching and non teaching staff under their control;
•the maintenance of procedures for the safety of all persons using the premises under their control;
•that an inspection of the school premises and equipment is carried out by them at least once per year and that a report is submitted to the Chief Executive of the Board;
•the prompt and efficient maintenance of all equipment and all non structural repairs as defined in the relevant Annex to the Scheme for the Local Management of Schools;
•that contractors who are carrying out work on behalf of the Board of Governors carry out their undertakings in a safe manner so as to ensure the health and safety of all personnel on the premises;
•that all equipment and materials either purchased or acquired by them are suitable and safe for their intended use;
•that both teaching and non-teaching staff are issued with a copy of the Safety Policy.
ROLE OF PRINCIPALS
Principals of schools are responsible for the day to day application of this Safety Policy both for teaching and non-teaching staff.
In the discharge of this responsibility each Principal shall:-
•ensure that all teaching staff hold appropriate qualifications both to teach the subjects required of them and to use the necessary equipment and machinery;
•ensure that both teaching and non-teaching staff are provided with regular training that will assist them to work safely;
•ensure the provision and maintenance of procedures for the safety of both teaching and non-teaching staff who come under their control;
•ensure that all staff are aware of any instructions or safety advice pertaining to their particular discipline issued by either the Board or the Department of Education;
•ensure that all safety reports pertaining to the school are understood and that the detailed work has been completed;
•ensure that adequate arrangements exist for carrying out regular fire drills and that all staff participate in and are aware of such arrangements;
•report to the Board of Governors all defects and hazards which are its responsibility;
•ensure that safe systems of work are used by contractors or persons carrying out inspections or non-structural repairs which are the Governors' responsibility as set out in the Scheme for the Local Management of Schools;
•report to the Board all defects and hazards which cannot be dealt with under the Scheme for the Local Management of Schools;
•ensure that all accidents to teaching staff and non-teaching staff are reported promptly to the Board;
•ensure that all staff operate safe working practices in the execution of their duties.
In the absence of the Principal, the Vice Principal, Acting Principal or nominated senior teacher will assume the role.
ROLE OF TEACHING STAFF
Each member of the teaching staff has a responsibility to exercise care and attention
regarding the safety of themselves and pupils under their control.
In the discharge of this responsibility each teacher shall:-
•ensure that they take reasonable care during their work activities to avoid accident or injury to themselves, other members of staff and pupils;
•observe all safety instructions and advice issued by the Board or the Department of Education and all safety rules relating to specific machinery or processes;
•ensure that all protective clothing and equipment as required is both available and used by themselves and pupils;
•report all potential hazards affecting health and safety to the Head of Department and make recommendations on the provision of safety equipment and on improvements to plant, tools or equipment which are dangerous, or potentially so;
•report all accidents to the Head of Department and ensure that Accident or Incident Report Forms are fully completed;
•co-operate fully with the Head of Department and the Principal on all matters pertaining to health and safety;
•exercise effective supervision of pupils and know emergency procedures in respect of fire, first aid etc;
•know the special safety measures to be adopted in their own teaching area and ensure they are applied;
•give clear instruction and warnings as often as is necessary and follow safe working procedures personally.
All employees have a responsibility to exercise personal care and attention for the safety of themselves and others and to co-operate with their employer in the execution of this policy.
In the discharge of this responsibility employees shall:-
• perform their duties in a safe manner and pay particular attention to the Sectional
• report all accidents and injuries to their supervisor as soon as possible;
• obtain adequate treatment as soon as practicable if injured;
• report all defects in equipment and protective clothing and potential hazards to their supervisor;
• assist in the investigation of injuries and accidents;
• observe all the safety rules of the Board.
ROLE OF THE BOARD SAFETY ADVISER
The Board Safety Adviser's responsibilities include the following:-
•advising the Board through the report of the Chief Administrative Officer of the development and application of the Board’s Safety Policy and its safety programme;
•the interpretation of relevant health and safety legislation and regulations in order that all schools and departments may comply with legislation relevant to their scope of work;
•the interpretation of Codes of Practice issued under the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 so that all relevant Codes are adhered to and good safety practices are observed;
•the arrangements, in liaison with other specialist staff, for the inspection of buildings,
•plant and equipment in use in all Board premises so as to ensure (i) that health and safety requirements are being met, and (ii) to identify hazards to health and safety and advise on measures to be taken to rectify them;
•the maintenance of accident statistics, advising on accident reporting procedures, processing accident reports and liasing with the Claims and Legal Administration Section, the Board’s Insurers and all sections on claims for compensation arising from accidents to staff;
•the analysis of accident statistics and recommendation of health and safety measures to prevent their recurrence;
•devising and delivering, in conjunction with the Board’s other specialist officers, training programmes to educate staff in good safety practices;
•on behalf of the Board, communicating with the Health and Safety Executive and other enforcement agencies on all matters regarding health and safety at work;
•the establishment and servicing of appropriate consultative machinery to be used as a forum for health and safety discussions with employees and provide assistance with the training of representatives appointed to such committees;
•liaise with recognised safety representatives, safety committees and trade unions.
HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY FOR ST. PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL GLEN