Health and Safety Policy
Iqra High School governing body holds a wide range of health and safety responsibilities, rights and duties. The school has a legal responsibility to comply with all appropriate health and safety legislation.
The following is a list of responsibilities that is undertaken by Iqra Muslim Girls high school:
- The head teacher and governors will adhere to Local Authority policies, procedures and guidance on health and safety.
- The head teacher and governors will follow the Local Authority guidance on health and safety matters.
- The school is to recognise its duty of care for the health, safety and well–being of its employees, volunteers and to take effective steps to ensure that this is achieved, so far as is reasonably practicable.
- In discharging this responsibility, the school is to take into account its parallel obligations for health and safety of pupils, visitors and others who may be affected by its operations.
- Health and safety is to be included in the school’s review and planning processes as an issue essential to the development and maintenance of the school’s management systems.
- Governing body commitment to securing the health, safety and well-being of all employees, pupils and others affected by the school’s activities, including visitors and contractors.
- The governing body is required to develop policies to cover their own school. This is based on a suitable and sufficient risk assessment carried out by a competent person.
- The governing body has general responsibility for all the school’s policies.
- The Headteacher has an overall responsibility for the implementation of the Health and Safety Policy.
- The headteacher, and other designated staff must ensure that relevant risk assessments are undertaken and kept up-to-date.
- The head teacher will undertake the necessary arrangements for procedures to be examined and workplaces to be inspected. Feedback from this process to be referred to the governing body.
- The head teacher also ensures that parents are aware of the school’s health and safety policy, including arrangements for first aid.
- Accidents / violent incidents to be recorded and reported in accordance with the local authority’s procedures.
- Appropriate information and instruction given to employees to ensure they are competent to undertake their duties.
- Training and development needs to be identified as part of the interview process, induction training or performance management processes.
- Appropriate training/development to be procured by school and provided to enable staff and others to undertake activities without undue risk to their health or safety.
- Make available all required information and policies at the start of any audit process.
- All arrangements regarding audit dates, times and responsible person attendance to be complied with. No audits will be cancelled for any reason other than an Ofsted inspection.
Duties as an employer
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Iqra High School will take reasonable steps to ensure that staff including volunteers and pupils is not exposed to risks to their health and safety. This applies to activities on or off school premises.
Regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 set out in more detail about what actions employers are required to take. For example, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to:
- Assess the risks to staff and others affected by school activities in order to identify the health and safety measures that are necessary and, in certain circumstances, keep a record of the significant findings of that assessment;
- Introduce measures to manage those risks (risk management);
- Tell their employees about the risks and measures to be taken to manage the risks; and ensure that adequate training is given to employees on health and safety matters.Duties as an employeeThe law requires employees to:
- Take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what they do at work;
- Co-operate with their employers on health and safety matters;
- Do their work in accordance with training and instructions; and
- Inform the employer of any work situation representing a serious and immediate danger, so that remedial action can be taken.
- The Name of the First Aid person is: Mr Manzoor Ahmed Shakir
- The First Aider
- Employees should follow any health and safety procedures put in place by their employer. However, if they feel that the procedure is inappropriate (e.g. it is too bureaucratic) they should discuss this with their employer and request that it is reviewed. Usually the head teacher will work with the employer to ensure that the procedures at the school are proportionate, effective and appropriate.
- In addition, teachers and other staff in schools have a common law duty to act as any prudent parent would do when in charge of pupils.
At IHS, the first aider will:
- Take the first aider will complete the training course as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as soon as s/he is appointed.
- Give immediate help to casualties with common injuries or illnesses and those arising from specific hazards at school;
- When necessary, ensure that an ambulance or other professional medical help is called.
The Appointed person Related to First Aid (Any trained staff member)
An appointed person will:
- Take charge when someone is injured or becomes ill.
- Look after the first-aid equipment eg restocking the first-aid container; ensures that an ambulance or other professional medical help is summoned when appropriate.
The First Aid Accommodation at HIS
First Aid Facilities
Accommodation for the medical examination and treatment is reserved (as shown in the above diagram) for a short term care of sick and injured pupils. It is ensured that the first aid accommodation is close to washing and toilet facilities. The first aid accommodation will include the following:-
- Medical examination/ rest bed for the sick and the injured pupils.
- Appropriate furniture for the first aider.
- The first aid room will have a first aid container.The minimum content of the container will be as follows:
- A leaflet giving general advice on first aid;
- 20 individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings (assorted sizes);
- Two sterile eye pads;
- Four individually wrapped triangular bandages (preferably sterile);
- Six safety pins;
- Six medium sized (approximately 12cm x 12cm) individually wrapped sterile un-medicated wound dressings;
- Two large (approximately 18cm x 18cm) sterile individually wrapped un-medicated wound dressings;
- One pair of disposable gloves.
Equivalent or additional items are acceptable.
The first Aid container will be maintained in a good condition.
IHS will keep a record of any first aid treatment given by first aiders and appointed persons (a minimum of 3 years). This should include:
- The date, time and place of incident;
- The name (and class) of the injured or ill pupil;
- Details of the injury/illness and what first aid was given;
- What happened to the pupil immediately afterwards (for example went home, resumed normal duties, went back to class, went to hospital);
- Name and signature of the first aider or person dealing with the incident. The information in the record book will be used:
- To identify accident trends and possible areas for improvement in the control of health and safety risks.
- For reference in future first-aid needs assessments.
- For insurance and investigative purposes.
- In an emergency, the headteacher/teacher in charge will contact the child’s parent/guardian/named contact as soon as possible.
- All serious or significant incidents reported to parents eg by sending a letter home with the child, or making a phone call to them.
- In case of Fire all staff and pupils to follow the fire evacuation procedure.
The policy will be reviewed in July 2017