Approved Date: December 2018
Approved By: Full Governors
Review Date: December 2019
The Headteachers and Governors of Iqra Highschool School are fully committed to promoting the safety and welfare of all in our community so that effective education can take place. Their highest priority lies in ensuring that all the operations within the school environment, both educational and support, are delivered in a safe manner that complies fully, not just with the law, but with best practice. Risks are inherent in everyday life. We need to identify them and to adopt systems for minimising them. Our pupils need to be educated into how to cope safely with risk.
What is a risk assessment?
A risk assessment is a tool for conducting a formal examination of the harm or hazard to people (or organisation) that could result from a particular activity or situation.
A hazard is something with the potential to cause harm (eg Fire).
A risk is an evaluation of the probability (or likelihood) of the hazard occurring (eg a chip pan will catch fire if left unattended).
A risk assessment is the resulting assessment of the severity of the outcome (eg loss of life, destruction of property).
Risk control measures are the measures and procedures that are put in place in order to minimise the consequences of unfettered risk (eg staff training, clear work procedures, heat detectors, fire alarms, fire practices, gas and electrical shut down points and insurance).
Accidents and injuries can ruin lives, damage reputations and cost money. Apart from being a legal requirement, risk assessments therefore make good sense, focussing on prevention, rather than reacting when things go wrong. In many cases simple measures are very effective and not costly.
Risk assessments need reviewing and updating regularly. At Iqra Highschool we are very aware that all the staff and pupils need to receive training. A folder of risk assessments is kept by the Headteachers and staff are able to refer to them and use for themselves. The Headteacher arranges staff training as necessary.
What areas require risk assessments?
There are numerous activities carried out in Iqra Highschool, each of which requires a separate risk assessment. The most important of these cover:
- Educational visits and trips
- Site and premises
- Play equipment
But risk assessments are also needed for many other areas, including:
- PE activities
The focus of our pastoral care policy is to ensure that every pupil leaves as a confident articulate
young person capable of keeping herself safe on the streets, in the home and in all situations. Our
PSHE programme and assemblies are directed towards promoting an increasing understanding as
the pupils develop, of the risks that exist in both the real and the electronic worlds and on sensible
precautions that should be taken. A stringent anti bullying policy and behaviour policy embedded
within the school helps to keep pupils safe. Child Protection and safeguarding is paramount and
policy and procedures are adhered to by all staff, governors and volunteers. Safer recruitment
procedures and policies ensure that the school is not exposed to the risk of employing staff who are
barred from working with children, and are not allowed to work in the UK. By ensuring all staff,
governors and volunteers receive regular updated Safeguarding and Child Protection training,
we manage this risk to an acceptable level.
Medical and First Aid
Accident and incident forms are maintained and are analysed termly by the headteacher. The
school First Aid policy explains procedures to follow for all staff. The headteacher is responsible
for reporting any notifiable accident that occurs on the school premises to a pupil, staff, parent,
visitor or contractor in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, diseases and Dangerous
occurrence regulations (RIDDOR).
Supervision of Pupils
The staff do not allow the pupils to be unsupervised in any area within the school.
Maintenance – risk assessments and training are given to minimise risks. Examples include
Manual handling, step ladder register, working at height, lone working, asbestos, legionella,
contractors on site and substances hazardous to health (COSHH).
Caretaking and Security – risk assessments cover every room in the school. Particular emphasis
in training is given to minimise risk of both fire and to security by adhering to good practice.
Catering and Cleaning – risk assessments and training are given in these departments.
Grounds – The caretaker oversees the premises and risk assessments.
Office Staff – risk assessments are made of display screen equipment and cables used by those
staff primarily office based who spend the majority of their working day in front of the screen.
Conducting a Risk Assessment
Our policy at school is not to carry our any high risk activity. Activities involving pupils are
normally low risk. Pupils are always given a safety briefing before participating in these activities
and are expected to wear protective equipment such as high visibility vest and mouth guards.
The Headteacher arranges for specialists to carry out the following risk assessments:
Risk assessments are reviewed and recorded annually or when major structural work is planned or
in the event of an accident. A separate policy on the management of health and safety describes the
arrangements for regular health and safety audits of the fabric of the school, its plant, machinery
and equipment together with its arrangements for catering and cleaning and for water sampling.
Responsibilities of all Staff
All members of staff are given a thorough induction into the schools and health and safety policies
and risk assessments are carried out by staff twice a year on all rooms in the school. Trips are risk
assessed and equipment maintained annually to manage risks. Staff are responsible for taking
reasonable care of their own safety together with that of pupils and visitors. They are responsible
for co-operating with the Headteacher, caretaker and other members of the SLT in order to enable
the Governors to comply with their health and safety duties. All members of staff are responsible
for reporting any risks or defects to the Headteacher.