Policy Statement

on

‘Safety, Health and Welfare at Work.’

for

The Board of Management

of

Cappawhite National School.

1. The members of the Board of Management of Cappawhite National School are:

Chairperson:                            Mrs. Anne McGrath

Secretary:                                Mrs. Alice Flynn, Principal.

Treasurer:                                Ms. Mairéad Quigley.

Other Board Members:           Mr. Gerard Ryan

                          Mr. Eamonn Buckley

                         Mrs. Sharon Collins

                         Mrs. Michelle O’ Carroll

                         Rev. Fr. T. Furlong

2. The Board of Management will ensure, in so far as is reasonably practicable, that the highest standards of safety shall prevail, and that as a minimum, the provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare Act of 2005 are applied.

3. The Board of Management wishes to ensure, in so far as is reasonably practicable that:

a). The design, provision and maintenance of all places in the school and grounds are in a condition that is safe and without risk.

b). The design, provision and maintenance of safe means of access to and from places of work.

c). The preparation and revision as necessary of adequate plans to be followed in emergencies, e.g. fire drill, injuries, etc.

d). The provision and maintenance of facilities and arrangements for the welfare of employees at work.

e). Obtaining, where necessary, the services of a competent person for the purpose of ensuring the safety and health at work of its employees.

f). The continuing updating of the Statement.

g). The provision of arrangements for the selection from among its employees of a representative.

4. The B.O.M. recognises that its statutory obligations under legislation extends to its employees, students, any person legitimately conducting school business and the public.

5. The B.O.M. of Cappawhite National School will ensure that the provision of the Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005 are adhered to.

Hygiene

The South – Eastern Health Board carry out periodic health checks on the pupils.  In the interim the teachers are requested to be vigilant and to watch closely for signs of infectious viruses or bacteria in pupils.  Similarly, teachers should be watchful of epidemics such as hair infestations.  Where necessary, all precautions will be taken to protect the health and welfare of pupils and teachers to the point of closing the school for a certain period of time, on medical advice, should the need arise.  Children with infectious viruses, etc. are to be discouraged from attending school.

Supervision

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, markers to allow for social distancing will be placed outside the school gates, to allow families to line up at safe social distancing. On opening of the gate, pupils will proceed immediately to their classroom, where they will be supervised by the class teacher from 9.10am onwards. The entrance and corridor areas will be supervised by Mrs. Flynn and Mrs. McMahon

 Break and Lunch times will be staggered, using the following system

Break 10.45-11.00

Lunch 12.15-12.45

Break 11.00-11.15

Lunch 12.45-1.15

Infants

Sonas classes

Mrs. Shanahan’s class

Ms. Quigley’s class

Mr. O Brien’s class

Ms. Moore’s class

Entrance to the playground area will be on an anti-clockwise direction and release of classes to the playground will be on a staggered basis. Pupils will wash hands on return to classrooms.

Trained First Aid Personnel.

It is the policy of Cappawhite B.O.M.  members of staff are trained to apply First Aid.  There is an adequate supply of properly equipped First Aid Boxes available at all times.  Disposable gloves are available and must be used at all times when administering First Aid.

School Procedures COVID‐19

The SARS NCOV2 virus which causes COVID‐19, infects through droplets and contact with the mucous membranes.  It does not infect through the skin.  

The greatest element of risk for a first aid responders is transfer of the virus to the mucous membranes by contact of contaminated hands (including contaminated gloved hands) with the eyes, nose or mouth. The key interventions to manage this risk are to minimise hand contamination (keep your hands to yourself when possible), avoid touching your face and clean your hands frequently (with soap and water or alcohol hand‐rub).
There is also a significant risk of direct transfer of the virus on to mucous membranes by droplet transmission, that is, by direct impact of larger infectious virus droplets generated from the patient’s respiratory tract landing directly in your eyes, nose or mouth. This is more likely to happen, the closer you are to the patient; This risk is managed by use of appropriate PPE (facemask, gloves, apron and eye protection) and by requesting the patient to wear a surgical facemask and cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing (respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette). 

School Policy for Sick and Injured.

The phone number of parent or person designated by parent to be always available to staff.  In extreme emergencies, teachers will if necessary or urgent take the child to the to the doctor. Parental permission will be sought at this time.

Emergency contact numbers for staff members are also kept on record.

Duties of Employees.

1. It is the duty of every employee while at work:

a. To take reasonable care of his/her safety, health and welfare, and that of any person who may be affected by his/her acts of omission while at work.

b. To operate with his/her employer and any other person to such an extent as will enable his/her employer or other person to comply with any of the relevant statutory provisions.

c. To use in such a manner so intended, any suitable appliance, convenience or equipment or anything provided for securing his/her safety, health or welfare while at work.

d. To report to the B.O.M. without unreasonable delay, any defect in plant, equipment, place of work, or system of work, which endanger safety, health, or welfare of which he/she becomes aware; blackboards, or any display units are stable, and that all shelf mountings are secure.

2. No person will intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse any appliance, convenience, equipment, or anything provided in the pursuance of any of the relevant statutory provisions or otherwise for securing safely, health, or welfare of persons arising out of work activities.

3. Employees will, by using available facilities and equipment provided, ensure that work practices are performed in the safest manner possible.

Consultation and Information.

It is the policy of the B.O.M. of Cappawhite National School:

1. To consult with staff in the preparation of the Health and Safety Statement, and consult with the Hazard Control Forms.

2. To give a copy of the Safety Statement to all present and future staff.

3. That any additional information or instructions requiring Health, Welfare at work not contained in the document will be conveyed to all staff as it becomes available.

4. That Health, Safety and Welfare will form an integral part of any future staff training and development plans.

Hazards

Hazards that can be rectified or minimised will be dealt with as a matter of urgency.  Those that cannot will be clearly indicated, and appropriate procedures listed beside them.   The B.O.M., in consultation with the employees, will review and make recommendations on the elimination of hazards.

Specific Hazards

Fire

It is the policy of the B.O.M. of Cappawhite N.S. that:

a. There is an adequate supply of fire extinguishers, which will deal with any type of fire.

b. All fire equipment is identified and regularly serviced.

c. Regular fire drills take place, at least once a term.

d. Instruction is given in the use of fire extinguishers, when the Service Engineer calls to the school.

e. Electrical equipment be unplugged or turned off outside of school hours.

f. Electrical equipment and plugs are properly wired and earthed.

g. That lighting switches are not broken and appear in safe condition.

h. An assembly area is designated at the front entrance of the school.

i. Those leaving classrooms should let someone know.

Constant Hazards

It is the policy of Cappawhite B.O.M. that:

1. Electrical appliances are used only by competent persons.  Such appliances and equipment will be subject to regular maintenance checks.

2. The floor will not be polished or wood made slippery.

3. Washing of floors will be conducted after school hours, to ensure as far as possible elimination of danger of slipping.  In the event of damp floors, due to weather, warning signs will be displayed.

4. The hand rails should be held at all times when using the stairs or steps in the school.

5. The Code of Behaviour in the school provides for a level of behaviour to minimise personal risk or stress levels to any staff.

6. Access to employees is by consent.  No employee should feel at risk from any person on school property.  The B.O.M. will undertake that all appropriate measures will be taken to protect employees.

7. The whole school grounds are designated as a ‘Smoke Free Zone.’

8. Children are not allowed to bring drinks in glass bottles, to minimise risk of breakages and cuts.

Other Hazards.

All safety devices in the Boiler house are working properly.  Corridors will be kept clear of obstacles at all times.  Passages between desks or classroom tables will be kept free of schoolbags or other obstacles, as far as possible.

Other items for inclusion in the Statement.

A risk assessment was carried out by the Inschool Management team on 8/6//2020

The following areas were identified:

Assembly of pupils

High risk

Playground

High risk

Classrooms

Medium risk

Staffroom

Medium risk

Office

Medium risk

Appendix 1 (Covid 19 Safety Statement) has been attached to demonstrate how the identified issues will be addressed.

This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on

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Chairperson Board of Management

and will come into effect from September 2020