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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Brighouse



Health and Safety Policy


Ratification by Governors

Review date

15th February 2018





Our school’s policy for Health and Safety deals with those aspects over which the Governing Body and the Headteacher have control and covers safety associated with the building structure, plant and fixed equipment services for which other officers of the authority also have responsibility.

This policy describes how the Governing Body discharges its responsibilities in respect of staff, pupils and visitors.



The Governors of our school aim to:

  • Ensure that all reasonably practical steps are taken to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons using the premises – safeguarding is paramount
  • Ensure that all reasonably practical steps are taken to ensure the health and safety of staff, pupils and other supervising adults participating in off-site visits
  • Make arrangements for ensuring safety and absence of risks to health in connection with the use, handling, storage and movement of articles and substances
  • Develop safety awareness amongst staff, pupils and other supervising adults
  • Formulate and implement effective procedures for use in the event of fire and other emergencies.



The maintenance of a healthy and safe school is the shared responsibility of the whole school community therefore the Governing Body will:

  • Give strategic guidance through the Pupil Support Committee
  • Monitor and review health and safety issues through the Resources and Pupil Support Sub-

    Committees reporting back to the Governing Body

  • Ensure adequate resources for health and safety are available
  • Recognise their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at work Act so far is reasonably

    practicable to:

  1. a) Provide plant, equipment and systems of work which are safe and without risks to health
  2. b) Maintain the premises in a condition that is safe and without risks to health
  3. c) Ensure sufficient funds are available to provide, as necessary, protective clothing/equipment to



The Headteacher will:

  • Be responsible for the day-to –day implementation of school safety organisation
  • Develop a culture of safety throughout the school
  • Report to the Governors through Resources and Pupil Support Sub-Committtees
  • Liaise with outside agencies able to offer expert advise
  • Ensure that all staff fulfil their duties to co-operate with the policy
  • Formulate and co-ordinate safety procedures
  • Review first aid, fire/evacuation and risk assessment procedures with relevant staff on an

    annual basis or as and when necessary. Ensure relevant staff has access to appropriate


  • Meet with the Site Manager and relevant Governor Sub-Committees on a regular basis
  • Report any hazards and defects that are brought to her notice to the Site Manager for swift and

     prompt action

  • Authorise the involvement of contractors
  • Ensure that the school kitchen has up to date Risk Assessments and Health & Safety



All staff will:

  • Ensure that they have read the Health and Safety Policy
  • Fully support all health and safety arrangements
  • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be     

     affected by their actions

  • Ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that their classroom or office is safe
  • Use equipment safely
  • Ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that pupils use equipment safely
  • Report situations which may present a serious or imminent danger to the Headteacher,

Site Manager or member of the SLT/Business Managers

  • Report any defects and hazards to the Site Manager and record the defect on a ‘Hazard


  • Report any concerns of abuse to pupils to the Designated Safeguarding Leads –

     Mrs Mary Hodges and /or Mrs Claire Bonner, recording everything on CPOMS immediately

  • Complete an Accident / Incident form, available from the School Office, in the event of a significant accident or incident of violence


The Site Manager will:

  • Ensure that he is familiar with the school’s Health and Safety Policy
  • Conduct a termly health and safety survey with his Line Manager Lisa Shaw
  • Conduct a half-termly site check with his Line Manager
  • Liaise with his Line Manager on a regular basis to manage site issues
  • Ensure that all cleaning staff are aware of any implications of the Health and Safety Policy as it affects their work activities e.g. storage arrangements for materials, equipment, substances..
  • Report to the Headteacher any defects and hazards that are brought to his notice
  • Ensure that everything received from suppliers (for direct school use), machinery, equipment, substances etc. is accompanied by adequate information and instruction prior to use
  • Test and record the fire alarm and fire doors weekly
  • Inform the Headteacher/Business Managers whenever contractors are due to enter the school to undertake maintenance, service or works contracts
  • Maintain a record of hazardous substances used for cleaning and similar purposes
  • Ensure that Legionella checks are carried out regularly and keep up to date records, liaising with the school’s chosen external assessor – Archer and Stone – regularly


 Contractors will:

  • Report to the Reception and sign in, providing proof of identity, prior to starting work
  • All contractors will be made familiar with the fire and health and safety procedures of our school


  Subject Leaders will:

  • Ensure staff and any other supervising adults are aware of any matters pertaining to Health and Safety in their particular curriculum areas

 The Senior Lunchtime Supervisor and the Business Managers will:

  • Report any health and safety concerns at lunchtime to the Headteacher
  • Ensure first aid cover at lunchtime
  • Send out medical need questionnaires to parents in September and compile a school list to be held by staff. Supply staff are asked to familiarise themselves with the form
  • Ensure Accident / Incident forms are completed for any serious incidents, file forms and alert the Headteacher to these


Pupils are expected to:

  • Exercise personal responsibility for the safety of themselves and other children in school
  • Observe standards of dress consistent with safety and/or hygiene
  • Follow the safety rules of the school and in particular the instructions of teaching and support staff given in an emergency
  • Use and not willfully misuse, neglect or interfere with things provided for their safety


Parents are expected to:

  • Support the school in any health and safety matters reported to them


All adults working or volunteering in school must have undergone DBS check if carrying out regulated activity before being allowed to commence duties.


Accidents and Incident Reporting

  • Any pupil complaining of illness or who has been injured is sent to the First Aid room for the

      qualified First Aiders to inspect and, where appropriate, treat

  • All incidents, ailments and treatment are reported in the accident book
  • More serious accidents or incidents of violence are recorded on ‘Accident / Incident forms obtainable from the School Office
  • Parents are contacted if there are any doubts over the health or welfare of a pupil
  • In the event of a serious incident an ambulance is called and a member of staff accompanies the pupil to hospital. Parents are asked to go immediately to the hospital
  • If staff are concerned about the welfare of a pupil they should contact the First Aid team immediately. If an injury has been sustained, the pupil should not be moved
  • Staff should complete the accident book for employees if they sustain an injury at work. The book can be obtained from the First Aider on Duty. An injured member of staff or other supervising adult should not continue to work if there is any possibility that further medical treatment is needed. The member of staff or other supervising adult concerned should seek medical advice without delay


Administration of Medicines

  • Our trained First Aiders administer medicines for chronic or long-term conditions in line with the Health Care Plan that has been agreed by themselves, the Headteacher and the Parent/Carer and signed
  • Medicines are stored in the Medical Room
  • Medication for asthma is stored in inhaler bags in classrooms (back of stock cupboard door in each classroom) where necessary and in the Medical Room if necessary. Pupils are supervised by a First Aider when taking their asthma medication.


Trim Trails

  • One Lunchtime Supervisor closely supervises the use of the adventure trail at lunchtimes and a member of staff at breaktimes
  • All pupils should follow the Trim Trail rules
  • A rota is in place for its use
  • If the adventure trail is used at other times, then a member of staff should closely supervise it
  • Staff should regularly remind pupils of safe use


Communication of Information to Users of the Premises

Any persons booking premises use at the school will receive a copy of this Health and Safety Policy from the Business Managers.


Control of Hazardous Substances

The Site Manager completes a COSHH assessment sheet for substances in school, compiling and maintaining a list giving details of these substances. Hazardous substances must be kept locked away in the Site Manager’s cupboard/store room. Children should never be allowed to enter.  Sprays need to be used in well ventilated situation.



  • Cookers should not be used without essential fire precautions being immediately available e.g. fire blanket, fire extinguisher.
  • Staff should ensure pupils receive instructions and on the job training to enable them to be safe during a cooking activity





  • The screens must be free from glare and the seats and desks must conform to the required standard. These will be maintained by qualified IT personnel and made safe to operate


Educational Visits

  • Details of Health and Safety planning for educational visits can be found in the Educational Visits Statement
  • Our school uses the Local Authority ‘Evolve’ system for Educational Visits


Electrical Testing

All items of portable electrical apparatus and equipment in use at the school are inspected and PAT checked by a qualified electrician. This is organised by the Site Manager.


Evacuation of the Building

  • Fire exits are clearly labelled
  • Plans showing exit routes are displayed by the door of each classroom
  • The fire and fire doors are tested weekly by the Site Manager
  • A fire drill is practised once a term and records of this are available for Governors
  • Fire appliances are checked annually


First Aid Provision

  • The Headteacher is responsible for ensuring that there is an adequate number of qualified First Aiders. Their names and certificates are kept in the Main Office. They wear a red cross lanyard for easy identification
  • First Aid is administered in the Medical Room or at the site of injury if more appropriate
  • Portable First Aid kits are taken on educational visits and are available from the First Aid room.
  • The First Aiders will ensure the maintenance of the contents of the first aid boxes and other supplies supervised by the Business Managers
  • All staff will be trained in any aspects of First Aid deemed necessary e.g. asthma, epilepsy, the use of an epipen in line with the needs of the children


Head Injuries

  • Parents are informed of a head injury by ‘bumped head sticker’, accompanied by a text if First Aid staff feel it necessary
  • First Aiders contact parents by phone if they have concerns about the injury


 Head Lice

  • If eggs are noticed in a pupil’s hair the parents are contacted
  • A general letter is sent to the parents of all pupils in a class if there is a case of head lice in the class
  • If live lice are noticed in a pupil’s hair the parents are contacted by telephone and asked to collect him/her from class



  • No person must treat a pupil who is bleeding, without protective gloves
  • Protective gloves are stored in the Medical Room
  • Sponges and water buckets must never be used for first aid to avoid the risk of HIV contamination


Hot Drinks

  • Staff should ensure that they only transport hot drinks around school when it is quiet in the corridor areas
  • Hot drinks should not be transported when large numbers of pupils are moving around school
  • If a member of staff has a hot drink in the classroom s/he should ensure that a pupil cannot reach it and that it is in a safe position
  • Hot drinks are not to be taken outside on the playground


Manual Handling

Pupils, staff and any other supervising adults should only lift equipment and furniture within their own individual capability. Always employ the correct manual handling techniques: bend the knee, back straight, push up through legs.


Movement Around School

  • Pupils should walk around school in a sensible manner and never run
  • Also, stand in single file when waiting
  • No pupils should remain unsupervised in classrooms unless in an unavoidable emergency and in such cases another member of staff should be summoned


 On Site Vehicle Movements

  • Car parking is separate to the school grounds
  • Contractors come onto the premises when loading/unloading equipment and park in the staff car park


PE Equipment

    • Gymnastic equipment is checked annually by an accredited contractor and repaired or removed as appropriate
  • Children need to be taught the correct lifting techniques and risk assessments in PE


PE - Safe Practice

Guidance on safe practice in PE is detailed in the school’s ‘Guidelines for Safe Practice in PE’



  • The playground is zoned for quiet areas, trim trails and other equipment
  • Staff actively encourage pupils to play safely and do not tolerate fighting or other rough games
  • At least two members of staff supervise break times
  • We have Lunchtime Supervisors on duty in the hall and on the playgrounds at lunchtime


Safe Stacking and Storage

  • Equipment should be stored at an appropriate level and position relative to its height, weight and bulk


Site Inspections

  • The Site Manager inspects the site as part of his daily routine
  • Urgent matters are referred to the Headteacher/Line Manager and actioned ASAP


Slips, Trips and Falls

  • It is unrealistic to expect pupils never to fall, especially at playtime. However, staff or other supervising adults should report any conditions considered hazardous e.g. uneven surfaces, holes, wet/slippery surfaces, worn carpet, trailing cables to the Site Manager/Headteacher



  • We use Brighouse Baths for swimming lessons and follow the LEAs Policy Guidance Note
  • Swimming instruction is provided by qualified swimming instructors


Supervision of Pupils

  • Staff and other supervising adults should maintain good order and discipline, safeguarding pupils’ health and safety at all times
  • No pupil should be left unsupervised
  • Staff should be in class when pupils come into class in the morning
  • Staff should be punctual in collecting pupils from the playground or welcoming them into the classroom
  • The same duty of care applies when staff supervises pupils in after school clubs
  • If a member of staff knows that s/he is unable to undertake a duty s/he should organise cover
  • Other staff on duty should inform supply teachers of their duties regarding supervision
  • If a parent fails to collect a pupil after school staff should make every effort to contact the parent as quickly as possible – SEE LATE COLLECTION OF A CHILD POLICY


 Road Safety

  • Pupils will be taught road safety and other important information/practices


Working at Height

  • Staff and other supervising adults should use step ladders when working at height e.g. displaying work. Chairs and tables should not be used for this purpose


Working During the Evening

  • Staff sometimes stay late at school. During these times the Site Manager or Headteacher is on site. Staff should alert the Site Manager that they are staying late (after 6pm) so that he can ensure lights are on and staff are safe
  • The school operates a ‘No Smoking/Vaping Policy’ at all times



A regular review of the policy will be undertaken by the Personnel and Admissions Committee.  Any amendments or updates will be reported to the full Governing Body.

Any new legislation or directives will be incorporated into the policy as necessary.

This policy was reviewed by staff and governors.