A high adult: child ratio is essential in providing good quality care. In our Pre-school/club:
STAFFING & EMPLOYMENT
Health and Safety Policy Statement
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
.This is the Health and Safety Policy Statement of: Padstow Pre-school/club
Our statement of general policy is:
Overall and final responsibility for Health and Safety is that of Lisa Pompa (Chairperson).
Day to day responsibility for ensuring the policy is put into practice is delegated to Julie Nicholls. To ensure that Health and Safety Standards are maintained/improved all staff are required to undertake training in Health and Safety and risk analysis.
All employees have to:
Risk assessments will be undertaken by the designated person in charge on the day.
The findings of the risk assessments will be reported to Julie Nicholls who will then report to Lisa Pompa.
Action required to remove/control risks (dependant on the severity of the risk) will be approved by Julie Nicholls or Lisa Pompa. These persons will also check that the implemented actions have removed/reduced the risks.
Assessments will be reviewed continuously. The policy will be reviewed annually.
Safe Handling and Use of Substances
Julie Nicholls will be responsible for identifying all substances which need a COSHH assessment. She will be responsible for undertaking COSHH assessments and ensuring that all actions identified in the assessments are implemented. She will also be responsible for ensuring at all relevant employees are informed about the COSHH assessments and will check that new substances can be used safely before they are purchased.
Assessments will be reviewed when new substances are purchased or when the work activity/staff changes, whichever is soonest.
Competency for tasks and training
All training in regard to health and safety issues will be identified, arranged, provided and monitored by the Pre-school/club. In-house training records are kept by Julie Nicholls in the staff files.
Accidents, first aid and work related ill health
The first aid box is kept in the kitchen, on a shelf. All staff are contractually required to undertake first aid training and update upon expiry. (Every three years).
All accidents and cases of work related ill health must be recorded in the staff accident book. The book is kept in the filing cabinet. Julie Nicholls and Lisa Pompa are responsible for reporting accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences to the enforcing authority. RIDDOR to be notified where appropriate www.hse.gov.uk Also Ofsted must be informed within 14 days of any serious accident, injury or death of a child in their care. This information should be shared with the LSCB and advice followed.
Emergency procedure, fire and evacuation
Julie Nicholls is responsible for ensuring the fire risk assessment is undertaken and implemented. Escape routes are checked everyday, fire extinguishers are maintained and checked every year, and alarms are tested yearly. Emergency evacuation procedures are practiced at least termly.