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 recognises the 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 organisation and 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.
SV encourages a positive attitude towards safety requirements generally, to promote a healthy and safe working environment for employees, volunteers and learners.
2) The SV Health and Safety Statement
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:
- Sound the alarm by breaking the glass at the nearest call point
- Dial ‘999’ to call the Fire Brigade
- If possible tackle the fire using the appliance provided but do not endanger yourself or others doing so
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.
StreetVibes Academy have purchased, and shall maintain, suitable levels of public liability insurance to cover our activities and facilities.
Insurance certificates are displayed at all sites and are available for inspection by all interested parties.
Westward School operates a no-smoking policy applying to all staff, pupils, parents, visitors, work experience students and contractors when they are on the school site.
The school site is an entirely smoke free environment and this includes the use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Smoking is not permitted at any time anywhere in the school grounds including toilets, corridors, staff room or the car park.
At StreetVibes Academy we aim to provide an environment where good health is promoted for all and to raise awareness of the dangers associated with exposure to tobacco smoke.
No-smoking notices are prominently displayed around the site, including at all entrances to the school, and anyone found smoking on the premises will be politely asked to leave.
All transport provided or contracted by the school is smoke-free and will display compulsory signage as required by the Health Act.
Smoking is not permitted during school events held within or outside normal school hours anywhere in the school grounds or buildings.
Organisations and clubs who use the school premises within or outside normal school hours are expected to adhere to the school's no smoking policy.
All staff and parent helpers are expected to refrain from smoking on all school trips, activities and events.
Staff and the PSHE co-ordinator will ensure smoking related topics are adequately incorporated into class teaching for each Key Stage.
StreetVibes Academy treats the security of our pupils as a top priority. Security arrangements are monitored and reviewed regularly by the school office, and following a security related incident or feedback from an interested party.
Security arrangements currently in place include:
15) ELECTRICAL SAFETY
The following arrangements relating to electrical safety are in place:
16) WORKPLACE TEMPERATURE
StreetVIbes Academy recognises the importance of maintaining a reasonable temperature in all workplaces, in accordance with applicable legislation.
In accordance with the Education (School Premises) Regulations (1999), the following minimum temperatures will be observed:
NB: All classrooms shall be at least 18°C as children are less able to withstand low temperatures than adults.
The school office shall ensure that there are thermometers in every room and that regular checks are made of the room temperature.
StreetVibes Academy recognises the importance of maintaining clean and hygienic premises. The following health & safety arrangements are in place:
18) KITCHEN SAFETY
The following health & safety arrangements specific to the kitchen areas are in place:
19) SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS
StreetVibes Academy recognises that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of workplace accidents. The following arrangements are in place to reduce their occurrence:
20) WORKING AT HEIGHT
StreetVibes Academy recognises that working at height can present a significant risk to health & safety. Where such activities cannot be avoided a risk assessment will be conducted to ensure such risks are adequately controlled.
The following arrangements are in place relating to working at height:
21) DISPLAY SCREEN EQUIPMENT
In accordance with the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations (1992), as amended 2002, the following arrangements are in place to manage the risk to significant users of display screen equipment:
NB:Significant users are those who use computers for continuous/near continuous spells of an hour at a time or more.
NB:The regulations do not apply to display screen equipment used by pupils. However, it is good practice for staff to make sure pupils are aware how to correctly set up and use their display screen equipment in order to minimise risks.
22) CONTRACTORS ON SITE
The office staff are responsible for ensuring that all contractors engaged to work on school premises are suitably competent to conduct their activities and possess the correct levels of insurance.
All contractors are required to report to the school office, sign the visitor's book and be briefed on any health & safety arrangements relating to their work on the premises (including fire procedures and vehicular access).
Contractors will be asked to provide the school office staff with risk assessments and method statements for the work to be undertaken, which shall be agreed with the school before work commences on site.
The office staff shall liaise with the school's proprietors to ensure that all necessary approvals have been received before major building works commence (e.g. planning permission, CDM compliance etc)
All work shall be arranged for suitable times of the day to minimise the risk to employees and pupils.
All contractors, as visitors, on site during school hours must not be left alone with any pupils for safeguarding reasons. Regular contractors, known to the school, who have to attend during school hours will have DBS clearance via the school office.
The office staff shall monitor areas where contractors work and keep records of all work completed.
23) LONE WORKING
Staff are encouraged not to work alone in school. Work carried out unaccompanied, or without immediate access to assistance, should be risk assessed to determine if the activity is necessary. Work involving potentially significant risks (e.g. working at height) should not be undertaken whilst working alone.
Where lone working cannot be avoided staff should:
24) MANUAL HANDLING
Generic risk assessments for regular manual handling operations have been undertaken and are kept in the school office. Staff are provided with information on safe moving and handling techniques as part of their induction.
Staff should ensure they are not lifting heavy items and equipment unless they have received training and/or equipment in order to do so safely.
All manual handling activities which present a significant risk to the health and safety of staff shall be reported to the school office, and where such activities cannot be avoided a risk assessment shall be conducted to ensure such risks are adequately controlled. A copy of this risk assessment will be provided to employees who must follow the instructions given when carrying out the task.
Paediatric Moving and Handling (Where applicable in the case of individual risk assessments 3.1)
All staff who move and handle pupils have received appropriate training (both in general moving and handling people techniques and specific training on any lifting equipment they are required to use).
All moving and handling of pupils has been risk assessed and recorded by a competent member of staff. Equipment for moving and handling pupils is subject to inspection on a 6 monthly basis by a competent contractor.
In accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations (2006), Westward School has made the following arrangements in order to minimise the risks pertaining to any asbestos that may have been used in the construction of the School's premises:
In order to minimise the risks from legionella, and similar waterborne bacteria, StreetVibes Academy have made the following arrangements:
27) 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 September 2019.