Holy Trinity National School

Health & Safety Policy

1.1   Introductory Statement.

Taking into consideration the environs of the temporary school, and the ongoing building work adjacent to the school, the principal and staff of Holy Trinity N.S set about preparing a Health and Safety Statement in February 2006.  This policy statement has been updated to take consideration of the growing school.

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 came into force on September 1st 2005. All employers are required by law to protect the safety, health and welfare of their employees.  The Board of Management of Holy Trinity National School has undertaken to implement standards of safety and well-being in accordance with the terms of this legislation. It is our intention to carry out regular reviews of the statement in the light of experience, changes in legal requirements and operational changes.

The Board will undertake to carry out a safety audit annually and report to staff. The inspection/ safety audit will be carried out more often if requested by staff or Board of Management.

All records of accidents or ill-health will be monitored in order to ensure that any safety measures required can be put in place wherever possible to minimize the recurrence of such accidents and ill-health.

The members of the Board of Management of Holy Trinity National School are

Chairperson: Patricia Mac Conville

Secretary: James Tobin

Treasurer: Noreen Barron

Other Board members: Brian Reidy, Paula McCartney, Mark English, Brianog Brady Dawson and Noel Smyth. The role of safety officer is carried out by Mark English.

Relationship to the Characteristic Spirit if the School

We set out to maximize the learning potential for each individual pupil. We endeavour to provide the best possible opportunities in a calm, safe, secure school environment where all staff and children feel safe.

Aims .

The management of Holy Trinity N.S hopes to achieve the following with this Safety Statement:
 

  • to create a safe and healthy school environment by identifying, preventing and tackling hazards and their accompanying risks
  • to ensure understanding of the school’s duty of care towards pupils
  • to protect the school community from workplace accidents and ill health at work 
  • to outline procedures and practices in place to ensure safe systems of work
  • to comply with all relevant health and safety legislation (so far as is reasonably practicable) to include the following areas
    • Provision of a safe workplace for all employees – teachers, SNAs, secretary, caretaker, etc.
    • To ensure competent employees, who will carry out safe work practices
    • Safe access and egress routes
    • Safe handling and use of hazardous substances and equipment
    • Safe equipment including maintenance and use of appropriate guards
    • Provision of appropriate personal protective equipment.

  Consultation.

The Health and Safety Policy has been drawn up in February 2006. The Board of Management has authorised the teachers to seek best practice models in drawing up this policy. The SDPS facilitator, Josephine Bleech, (School Development Planning Service) gave assistance in directing the policy formation. The Board of Management elected Mark English as Safety Officer in March 2006 and a Risk Assessment  was carried out on the new school site.

 Parents and staff were notified and asked to identify hazards in the school building and grounds and advise the principal accordingly. Note was made of this advice in formulating the policy. The Board of Management completed the policy in April 2006 taking the advice of all into consideration.

The policy has been reviewed taking into consideration the increasing size of the school and the reconfiguration of the temporary school site.

Health and Safety Statement for Holy Trinity National School.

 

1.2     The Board of Management of Holy Trinity N.S will ensure that in so far as it is practicable the highest standards of safety shall prevail and that at a minimum the provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 will be applied

1.3      In Holy Trinity National School, the Board of Management wishes to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable:

(a) the design, provision and maintenance of all places in a condition that is safe and without risk to health

(b) the design, provision and maintenance of safe means of access to and egress from the school

(c) the design, provision and maintenance of plant and machinery in the school.

(d) the provision of systems of work that are planned, organised, performed and maintained so as to be safe and without risk to health

(e) the provision of instruction to staff on proper lifting techniques of pupils and dealing with pupil challenging behaviour

(f) the provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure the safety and health at work of its employees

(g) the provision and maintenance of suitable protective clothing or equivalent as necessary to ensure the safety and health at work of its employees

(h) the preparation and revision as necessary of adequate plans to be followed in emergencies e.g. fire drill, injuries etc.

(i) the safety and prevention of risk to health at work in connection with use of any article or substance

(j) the provision and maintenance of facilities and arrangements for the welfare of employees at work

(k) Obtaining where necessary, the services of a competent person for the purpose of ensuring the safety and health at work of its employees

(l) The continuing updating of the Safety Statement

(m) The provision of arrangements for consultation with employees on matters of Health and Safety

(n) The provision of arrangements for the selection from amongst its employees of a

representative

1.4      The Board of Management recognises that its statutory obligations under legislation extend to employees, students, any person legitimately school business, and the public.

1.5      Duties of Employees:

       Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 are to:
 

  • Comply with relevant safety and health laws.
  • Not be under the influence of an intoxicant in school.
  • Not engage in improper conduct or behaviour.
  • Wear personal protective clothing where necessary
  • Cooperate with their employer and look out for one-another
  • Not do anything which would place themselves or others at risk.
  • Report without delay any defect in plant, machinery, furniture, place of work or system of work, which might endanger safety, health or welfare, of which he/she becomes aware.

Consultation and Information

The Board of Management takes a proactive approach to safety in school. A Safety Officer has been elected from the Board of Management to conduct regular safety audits. Mr. Mark English is the elected Safety Officer of the board.

It is the policy of the board to consult with staff in the preparation and completion of the hazard control forms.

Each new staff member will be presented with a copy of the Safety Statement. Teachers will work together at the beginning of each term to familiarise children and parents with issues of school safety.

Any other additional information or instructions regarding the health and safety , not contained in this document will be conveyed to staff as it becomes available.

 Any concerns by teachers or parents should be brought immediately to the attention of the principal or the safety officer. This will inform the board as to the needs there may be for staff training.

Entitlements of Safety Representative

In accordance with Section 25 of Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act, 2005.

The safety representative has the right to:
 

  • Represent the employees at the place of work in consultation with the employer on matters in relation to health and safety
  • Inspect the place of work on a schedule agreed with the employer or immediately in the event of an accident, dangerous occurrence or imminent danger or risk to the safety, health and welfare of any person
  • Receive appropriate training
  • Investigate accidents and dangerous occurrences
  • Investigate complaints made by employees
  • Accompany an inspector carrying out an inspection at the workplace
  • Make representations to the employer on matters relating to safety, health and welfare
  • Make representations to and receive information from, an inspector

Consult and liaise with other safety representatives in the same undertaking