Health & Safety Policy
1) The SV Academy (SV) Health and Safety Policy
SV is required under the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to produce a statement of policy with respect to the health and safety of everyone who uses its premises. However, SV will continually strive to achieve the highest possible standard rather than rely on legal minimum. SV also expects staff at all levels to actively pursue increasingly higher standards of health and safety management.
SV recognisesthe importance of ensuring that its employees and learners both appreciate the extent of their individual responsibilities and co-operate fully in ensuring that the Health and Safety Policy and Procedures are observed.
This document is intended to bring SV’s statement of policy to the attention of all its employees and students and to provide details of the organisationand arrangements for carrying out that policy, as indicated by the Act. The policy is supplemented by individual health and safety procedures covering a range of topics and everyone must ensure they are aware of the safety precautions appropriate to the area in which they work.
SVencourages a positive attitude towards safety requirements generally, to promote a healthy and safe working environment for employees, volunteers and learners.
It is the policy of SV to:
The Health & Safety officer is responsible for the management of health and safety matters within the building.
The Health & Safety officer has been appointed by the Proprietor of School to take a special interest in the promotion of health and safety matters, to provide a first level of advice and to act on behalf of the Proprietor of School in respect of these matters. The Health & Safety officer has received an appropriate level of training for the role, and will receive refresher training every two years as appropriate.
All staff and students are responsible for ensuring that they work in a manner that is safe to themselves and to others, and to comply with the relevant requirements of SV’s Health and Safety Policy.
ON DISCOVERING A FIRE:
IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE
ON HEARING THE ALARM
All staff and students must familiarise themselves with the location of fire doors and fire exits, so that they know as many as possible of the means of escape from the building. All staff and students should know the location of their nearest fire extinguishers and fire alarm call points and instructions for their use.
Emergency exit routes must remain tidy and free from obstacles. Staff and students must not leave or store flammable materials on emergency exit routes or blocking immediate access to fire alarms, fire equipment or electrical switchgear.
6) FIRE PREVENTION
The value of the nightly routine of checking for dropped cigarette ends, switching off all unnecessary electrical equipment, and closing all doors to rooms and staircase enclosures, cannot be overstressed. Staff and students are reminded that smoking is not permitted on the premises.
All accidents, fires, “near misses”, and instances of known or suspected occupational ill health, must be recorded in the SV Accident and Incident Report Book, which is located in the main office.
All accidents/incidents, except those of a minor nature will be investigated by the appropriate school personnel and any necessary remedial measures, including revised work procedures, training, etc, will be implemented as appropriate. Accidents as a result of a defect in the fabric or structure of the building should be reported to the Health & Safety Officer, Orlando Clement, for action.
Accidents / incidents of a serious nature must be notified immediately to the Health & Safety officer and will be subject to a more formal investigation.
8) FIRST AID
The First Aid Boxes are located in the Reception, Main Office, First Aid Room and Exams Office.
The nearest Qualified First Aider is Orlando Clement, located in the Main Office
The nearest First Aid Room is located on the 3rdfloor
In the event of any emergency requiring an ambulance, call the Emergency Services (dial 999) and state the precise location and nature of the emergency.
9) RISK ASSESSMENT
The majority of the activities carried out by the school are routine and generally low risk in nature and do not require to be formally risk assessed. However, for any activity involving a significant risk, a written risk assessment must be carried out. To assist with this, model risk assessment forms are available in the Main Office and copies can also be found on the SV server.
Risk assessments must be brought to the attention of all relevant staff and students involved in the activity, and a copy placed on the server. Risk assessments must be regularly reviewed (minimum annually) to ensure the information contained within them remains valid.
10) MONITORING OF THE SCHOOL HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
A self-inspection (safety audit) of SV will take place every 6 months to monitor the effectiveness of the health and safety policy. The inspection will be made by the Health & Safety Officer.
11) HEALTH AND SAFETY QUERIES OR ISSUES
All staff and students encountering any kind of health and safety hazard at SV should report these promptly to the Health & Safety Officer located in the Main Office, in his or her absence, report to a senior member of staff.
12) HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSULTATION
Health and Safety will be a standing item on the agenda of the meetings of the Core Staff and Teaching personnel, which are held weekly.
School Proprietor: Sonia Ramanah
Head of Learning/Director: Orlando Clement
Studio/Centre Manager & Health & Safety Officer: Orlando Clement
Qualified First Aider: Orlando Clement, Sonia Ramanah, Susan Naylor
Fire Officers: Orlando Clement, Bobbie Smith, Claire Watkinson, Susan Naylor, Molly Mccrossen
*This policy is reviewed annually. This policy was last revised May 2019.