Who we are
The Health and Safety Team offers a comprehensive, flexible service, to fully support schools and academies across a wide range of health, safety and welfare issues. The multidisciplinary team is able to draw on a wide range of corporate and external resources for a reliable ‘needs focused' delivery, designed around the requirements of your school.
The Service achieved the Silver ROSPA award for 2017, in recognition of its robust health and safety management framework and systems, which other local service providers have sought to adopt.
All Service Level Agreements guarantee a dedicated Health and Safety Advisor, audit, monitoring and inspection of health and safety systems, on site visits as required, full assistance with health and safety documentation, free access to CLEAPS for art, science and D&T disciplines(only approved through the City Council) and free health and safety training.
What we do
Health and Safety Staff Qualifications and Experience
The Service is delivered by a team of qualified safety professionals. Members of IOSH (Institute of Occupational Health and Safety), they are highly experienced in the education sector, providing advice and direct support to numerous educational establishments, including maintained schools, nurseries, children's centres and academies.
The Service aims and objectives
- Support and advise head teachers, senior leadership teams and governors in meeting their statutory duty to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees, pupils and visitors involved in, or affected by school activities, through the provision of a competent health and safety service.
- Help promote a positive safety culture in the school, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all staff, pupils and visitors.
Provide commitment and a service that is responsive, customer-focused and supportive.
Apply a practical and common sense approach to risk based solutions
How we will deliver this:
Meet with the school at the beginning of each year to discuss, plan and agree the practical support for the coming year, contributing to a robust health and safety plan
Work with the school to meet their legal responsibilities to manage health, safety, welfare and security risks, through an audit and monitoring programme
Provide site support, including; inspections, accident investigations and diarised time for document/health and safety systems review
Provide an advisory report following audit, monitoring and/or inspection
Provide support in liaising with the Health and Safety Executive
Provide immediate advice and guidance via telephone and e-mail, with a guaranteed response to enquiries within 24 hours
Provide immediate support in the case of an accident, incident or near miss and any subsequent investigations or visit by an enforcing body (HSE or Fire Service)
Provision of legal updates, plus information on new legislation and topical health and safety issues, to assist schools to meet their responsibilities through bulletins and the school newsletter.
Provision of fundamental health and safety training to ensure statutory obligations are met
Key areas of expertise
Audit of health and safety management systems and compliance with legislation
Developing individual health and safety support plans
Site based inspections
Developing school specific health and safety policies and procedures.
Developing risk assessments and control measures
Specialist technical advice/support during major refurbishment/building work, meeting the requirements of the CDM Regulations.
Liaison with the HSE, Police, Fire Service, insurance services and other agencies, in accident reduction initiatives
Support with reporting RIDDOR reportable accidents to the HSE
Liaison with other local authority departments providing services to schools and academies, to ensure systems are jointed up including consultation through the People Directorate Health and Safety Committees
Emergency planning and fire safety
First aid assessments
Radiological monitoring via the team's Radiation Protection Officer
Training: the following will be made available during the year:
Health and safety awareness for head teachers, governors and leadership teams
Premises management for Site Service Officers, including moving and handling, working at heights, legionella and asbestos awareness
Fire safety and fire marshal training
Infection control in a school setting
Safe use and inspection of steps and ladders
Working alone in safety/dealing with violence and aggression
Selection and management of contractors on site (CDM Regulations)
Tool box talks as required, i.e. accident reporting, near miss incidents
Our commitment to you
A service that is tailored and dedicated to supporting your school to meet its statutory duties
A service that complies with health and safety, school procedures and best practice
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