Health & Safety Policies – A Summary
The aims of these policies are: to create a safe and healthy school environment by identifying, preventing & tackling hazards and their accompanying risks
Carrying out a risk assessment: Each year, the Board of Management carries out a risk assessment, identifying hazards, assessing the risks and specifying the actions required to eliminate or minimize them.
School’s duty of care: This must be considered in all areas of school life and policies e.g. PE, Visual Arts, School Tours, Administration of Medicines, Accidents and Illnesses, Child Protection, Code of Behaviour, Extra Curricular Activities, Supervision.
Procedures to deal with emergencies
- Contact procedures: Contact details are provided by the parent upon the child’s entry to the school. Parents asked to update the information if changes occur. These are kept on file in the secretary’s office so parents/guardians can be contacted quickly.
- Fire-drill and school evacuation procedures: These are held at least once a term. Procedures for evacuation are displayed on each lobby so that new staff and pupils can become familiar with them.
- Incident / accident book. The teacher on supervision duty writes the report in the event of a serious incident or accident. These reports are filed on the school’s online database (Aladdin).
Administration of Medicines
The Board of Management has a duty to safeguard the health and safety of pupils when they are engaged in school activities, however it does not follow teachers have a duty to personally undertake the administration of medicines.
Relevant medical information on all pupils is obtained at time of enrolment. Parents are asked to list any allergies/medical conditions their child has.
Procedures: Non prescriptive medicines will neither be stored nor administered to pupils in school. Prescription medicines will not be administered in the school without the written consent of parents.
Parents of a pupil requiring regular medication during school hours should write to the Board to authorize a member of staff to administer the medication in school.
- Written details are required from the parent/guardian to the Board giving the name of the child,
- name and dose of medication
- whether the child should be responsible for his/her own medication
- the circumstances in which medication is to be given by the teacher
- and consent for it to be given
- the circumstances under which the parent is to be notified and where s/he can be contacted.
The medicine should be self administered, if possible, under the supervision of an authorized adult.
A teacher cannot administer medication without the specific authorization of the Board. No teacher can be required to administer medicine to a pupil.
It is the parent’s responsibility to check each morning whether or not the authorized teacher is in school unless an alternative arrangement is made.
The medicine should not be kept by the pupil but in a cupboard inaccessible to pupils. Certain medicines, such as inhalers used by asthmatic children must be readily accessible at all times of the school day. Inhalers, labelled with the child’s name are kept in the secretary’s office.
In emergency situations qualified medical assistance will be secured at the earliest opportunity.
School Accident Policy
Procedures: Safety of pupils and staff is a priority for the Board of Management, and robust measures have been put in place to ensure no children or staff are put at risk. A comprehensive school Safety Statement identifies hazards. Remedial measures are outlined.
The overall responsibility for the day to day management of school supervision and routines rests with the principal. The class teacher is responsible for classroom supervision and teachers on yard duty are directly responsible for the supervision of pupils at break time.
- Each classroom teacher regularly instructs his/her class on issues relating to safety in the class/yard e.g. care on the stairs, running and ‘rough’ play.
- The First Aid Policy is based on collective teacher input. The teachers on yard duty are automatically assisted by others in the case of a significant injury. The designated ‘First Aiders’ are called on for advice in these cases. Temporary/substitute teachers are informed of these procedures by the permanent staff as required.
A First Aid Box is located in the press above the sink unit in Room 4 on the bottom lobby. This box is moved to the First Aid Station on the bottom lobby at break times. Ice packs are kept in a mini freezer in the kitchenette off the school hall. All staff are aware of these locations.
All accidents/injuries are recorded in the Accident Report Book which is kept with the First Aid Book. A report form is filled in by the teacher on supervision duty.
The accident report form lists
- date and time of accident,
- nature of injuries,
- a brief description of the circumstance of the accident,
- procedures followed by staff etc.
More significant injuries, where a child had to go to the doctors will be notified to the schools insurers on the accident report form.