Practical Health and Safety in Secondary Schools: A whole-school resource
Fears of prosecution, panics about getting things wrong and frustration at excessive paperwork mean that health and safety is an issue which many schools find daunting.
Practical Health and Safety in Secondary Schools is a comprehensive manual and training resource which provides all the materials your school needs to develop a positive, proactive approach to health and safety.
Designed to help you deal with the key issues by putting them into simple, understandable terms, it will assist you in developing appropriate health and safety policy and procedures, producing a bedrock from which you can work.
Complete with training materials designed to raise staff awareness and tools to assist with developing risk management strategy, this unique resource enables you to move from being a risk-averse to a risk-aware school that encourages students to view health and safety issues with confidence.
Become a safe, risk-aware school using tools that empower proactive health and safety
Practical Health and Safety in Secondary Schools supports you to work within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines to develop health and safety practice that will work most effectively within your own setting.
Use this manual and training pack to:
- Easily disseminate safety information to all staff using a range of templates and exemplars that create your own health and safety folder
- Understand how health and safety applies to schools with accessible background information explaining health and safety policies, key terms and the law
- Ensure staff at all levels are aware of enforcement and legal implications and what is meant by ‘a duty of care’, using nine ready-to-deliver individual training sessions
- Accurately assess generic, specific and ‘live’ risk types in your organisation using the hse recommended five-stage approach to risk assessment
- Successfully manage risk in school with guidance for specific situations, including events, work experience placements and emergencies
- Develop risk awareness in students so they are able to act safely in all situations including virtual environments.
Summary of contents
This manual and training package is ideal for anyone with chief responsibility for the day-to-day health and safety tasks in a school, be they the headteacher, member of senior management team or the bursar. It also includes sections for individuals and teams who are responsible for planning events and visits and for running departments within the school.
Practical Health and Safety in Secondary Schools contains:
- Nine individual training sessions to help raise awareness
- A range of templates and exemplars to assist with creating your own health and safety folder and with informing others of safety issues
- A supporting background text to assist with the understanding of health and safety issues and which is aimed at being accessible at all levels of the school structure and covering a wide range of safety issues which arise in the day to day life of an active school community
Section 1: Background, responsibilities and policy
1.1 Background to Health and Safety
1.2 Why is Health and Safety important?
1.3 Understanding the Health and Safety at Work Act in an education setting
1.4 “Duty of Care” and “Reasonably Practicable”
1.5 Hazards and Risks
1.6 The legal implications
1.7 Enforcing Health and Safety
1.8 A swift sidetrack into RIDDOR
1.9 The basic functions of a Health and Safety Policy
1.10 Building a positive Health and Safety Culture
Section 2: Risk management and risk taking
2.1 Changing attitudes to safety and risk
2.2 Changing school attitudes to safety and risk
2.3 The risk averse society
2.4 Why students need to encounter risk
2.5 Positive risk management
2.6 Risk in real life
2.7 Risk in “virtual” situations
2.8 Developing risk evaluating skills
2.9 Introducing parents and staff to risk management
Section 3: Health and safety in practice
3.1 Generic, specific and “live” risk assessments
3.2 Strategies for dealing with the media
3.3 Outdoor learning
3.4 Specialist outdoor centres
3.5 School residential trips
3.6 Science activities
3.7 Food technology and specialist workshops
3.8 Sporting activities
3.9 Theatrical productions
3.10 School fairs and fetes
3.11 Other public events (including premises hire)
3.12 Work experience
Section 4: Health and safety resources
4.1 A practical guide to risk assessment
- Generic risk assessment for school theatrical production
- Generic risk assessment for school fete
- Generic risk assessment for non-specialist classroom
- Powerpoint presentation & Guide notes: How to write a risk assessment
4.2 Fire Safety
- Fire risk assessment checklist
- Arson vulnerability checklist
- Fire safety checklist
4.3 List of useful websites for Health and Safety information
4.4 Powerpoint presentation & Guide notes: Health and Safety for Governors
4.5 Powerpoint presentation & Guide notes: Health and Safety awareness for managers
4.6 Powerpoint presentation & Guide notes: Health and Safety for staff
4.7 Guide notes school safety booklet & template for booklet
4.8 Powerpoint presentation & Guide notes: Health and Safety awareness – outdoor activities
4.9 Powerpoint presentation & Guide notes: Health and Safety awareness – specialist outdoor centres
4.10 Powerpoint presentation & Guide notes: Health and Safety awareness – residential visits
4.11 Guide notes for school visits booklet & template for booklet
4.12 Powerpoint presentation & Guide notes: Health and Safety awareness – school productions
4.13 Powerpoint presentation & Guide notes: Health and Safety awareness – school fairs and fetes
4.14 Guide notes for Work experience and Work experience checklist
About the expert
Gill was a teacher for 13 years, working with nursery pupils through to adults. Since then she has worked as a community project coordinator, education researcher, freelance writer and a health and safety advisor with Spot On Health & Safety. Gill has worked on international and national exhibitions and events as well as providing practical support to schools, small businesses and charities.
- A4 Ringbinder, c. 80 pages
- CD-ROM containing PowerPoint presentations and accompanying resources
- 9 individual training sessions to help raise awareness
- a range of templates and exemplars to assist with creating your own health and safety folder and with informing others of safety issues
- a supporting background text to assist with the understanding of health and safety issues and which is aimed at being accessible at all levels of the school structure and covering a wide range of safety issues which arise in the day to day life of an active school community
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