Statement of General Policy on Health, Safety and Welfare

Revision History
Version Date Comments
Review Date
1 September 2005 First draft
2 November 2005 Approved and issued November 2006
3 November 2006 Approved and issued November 2007
4 July 2007 Amended, approved and issued July 2008
5 July 2008 Approved and issued July 2009
6 June 2009 Amended, approved and issued July 2010
7 April 2010 Amended, approved and issued April 2011
8 April 2011 Amended, approved and issued April 2012

1. This policy statement supplements both the general statement of policy issued most recently by Stoke on Trent City Council and the more detailed statement issued by the Education Department.
2. The school’s Governing Body and Senior Management Team recognise and accept their responsibilities both under civil and criminal law and also under Stoke’s scheme of delegation for local management of schools. As responsible employers and/or persons in control of premises, the requirement to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all employees is acknowledged. We acknowledge health and safety is the responsibility of all employees.
3. The school is committed to ensuring that risk assessments are undertaken, control measures implemented and systems are constantly monitored and reviewed.
4. In compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, this schools Governing Body will ensure so far as is reasonably practicable that:
The premises are maintained in a safe condition
Safe access to and from the premises is maintained
All plant and equipment is safe to use
Appropriate safe systems of work exist and are maintained
Sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision is available and provided
Arrangements exist for the safe use, handling and storage of articles and substances at work.
A healthy working environment is maintained including adequate welfare facilities.
5. In addition to the above commitment, the Governing Body also recognises its obligations to non-employees and everyone on site. Where it is reasonably foreseeable that trainees, members of the public, contractors, etc, are or may be affected by the school activities being carried out within the school boundary or otherwise, the Governing Body will make the necessary information, instruction, training and supervision available to ensure the safety of those affected. As an education provider which must set standards by example for its pupils, this commitment is seen as especially important.
6. Within the financial restraints dictated by the City Council, the Governing Body will ensure through the Senior Management Team, that adequate resources are set aside from the total budget allocation for the policy statement to be properly implemented.
7. The Governing Body is committed to this policy and all staff are required to comply as a condition of employment. They are encouraged to assist in the Governing Body’s commitment to the continuous improvement in our Health and Safety Performance. For the policy to be effectively implemented the school must have the full co-operation of employees and others who use the premises. Employees are reminded of their own duties:
To take care of their own safety and that of others and;
To co-operate with the Governing Body and Senior Management Team so that they may carry out their own responsibilities successfully.
8. All relevant Regulations, Codes of Practice and Standards will be complied with and copies are available, if required.
9. Consultation with employee representatives will be held as and when appropriate on all matters affecting the health and/or safety of employees concerned.
10. A copy of this statement has been provided to every member of staff.
Copies are also posted on staff notice-boards. This policy statement and the accompanying organisation and arrangements will be revised as and when necessary.
11. This policy statement together with the organisational structure and the arrangements and procedures, as specified in this policy, have been approved by the school’s Governing Body.

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