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Primary School Head Teachers have the day-to-day responsibility under Health and Safety law for all persons on their premises.  Whether a community school or academy, there are several aspects of health and safety that need to be considered.  Other people on the premises not directly employed may include cleaning and kitchen staff, maintenance contractors, extra curriculum teaching staff and supply teachers.  Often part of the premises are leased to external clubs such as before & after school clubs or local community groups.

Safety is important and needs to be approached creatively and should not be seen as simply another another legal burden or bureaucratic chore. A planned approach to managing risk should be seen as an enabler, not just to prevent accidents and work related health problems to both staff and pupils but to build a culture of sensible risk management, linked to a curriculum where teaching young people can develop their capability to assess and manage risk.

What sort of health and safety documentation should a primary school have?

Most Primary School’s need to work alongside policies and procedures in compliance with their local authority education department.  However, the written procedures and Health and Safety policies need to reflect the actual working environment and management structure, showing the involvement of School Governors or Senior Leadership Teams. The procedures would specifically identify topics such as:

You will  need to ensure that there is an up to date fire risk assessment for the building that covers safe evacuation of all people at any time of the day.  Often changes to staffing at lunchtime or after school are not suitably addressed when it concerns safe evacuation.

Your Health and Safety policy should identify clear responsibilities for managers and staff to ensure proactive safety management is practiced.  There should be a clear communication system in place to allow staff to highlight hazards in the workplace and to document maintenance requests.

Written risk assessments should be developed that are appropriate to your workplace and the activities carried out.

Maintenance records and workplace inspection records should be in place to show that your school is successfully managed.  Some records such as maintenance of gas supplies and electrical systems are a legal requirement. Records to show that the fire detection system is regularly checked and that first aid kits are stocked are part of the good practice that show you have a positive approach to health and safety, as would be the inspection records for gym equipment and external playground equipment.

Training records should clearly show that staff not only have the skills to carry out their work duties to the correct standard, but they can also identify potential problems which may lead to an injury. Most accidents can be prevented and staff are your resources.

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