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Health and Safety Policy

Health and Safety Policy/ Safety Statement



The Board of Management of Lusk Senior National School St MacCullin’s recognises that its statutory obligations regarding health and safety extends to employees, students, to any person legitimately conducting school business and to the public. The Board undertakes to ensure that the provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005 are implemented.

This policy requires the co-operation of all partners in the school community. It shall be reviewed annually in light of experience, changes in legal requirements and operational changes. The Safety Officer (member of the Board of Management) will carry out regular safety checks in tandem with the Staff Safety Representative. All records of accidents and ill-health shall be monitored by the Safety Officer to ensure that any safety measures required can be put in place to minimise the recurrence of such accidents/ill-health.

The Board of Management wishes to ensure that as far as is reasonably practicable:

  • The design, provision and maintenance of all areas in the school shall be safe and without risk to health.
  • The school may be safely opened and locked.
  • Work systems shall be planned, organised, performed and maintained so as to be safe and without risk to health.
  • Plans for emergencies shall be complied with and revised as necessary.
  • All relevant partners shall be consulted on matters of health and safety.
  • Provision shall be made for the election by the staff of a safety representative.
  • Adequate fire protection and prevention measures are provided.

Duties of Employees

It is the duty of every employee of the school to:

  • Take reasonable care of his/her own safety, health and welfare and that of any person who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions while at work.
  • Co-operate with his/her employer and any other person to such an extent as will enable his/her employer or the other person to comply with any of the relevant statutory provisions.
  • Use in such manner so as to provide the protection intended, any suitable appliance, protective clothing, convenience or any equipment provided (whether for his/her use or for use by him/her in common with others) for securing his/her safety, health or welfare at work.
  • Report any defects in plant, equipment, place of work or system of work which might endanger safety, health or welfare of which he/she becomes aware.
  • Report accidents of any pupil on Databiz or any member of the public or employee in the accident/incident report book.
  • Minor accidents involving children will be logged in the First Aid log manned by the teacher on First Aid duty. More significant accidents/incidents requiring medical intervention will be noted on DataBiz on the student’s file by the appropriate teachers involved. Specifics of the accident, including the date and approximate time, must be recorded concisely.   The written report should state the teacher/personnel who were present at the accident.
  • Ensure that work practices are performed in the safest manner possible, while using any equipment and facilities provided by the school.

Consultation and Information

A copy of the Safety Policy will be given to all staff members. Staff will also be made aware of any additional information or instructions regarding health, safety and welfare while at work as it becomes available. Health, safety and welfare at work will be considered in any future staff training and development plans.


All hazards shall be eliminated in so far as resources and circumstances allow.

The following hazards (in as much as can be identified) may be considered by the school as a potential danger and are brought to the attention of all concerned:


All hazards shall be eliminated in so far as resources and circumstances allow.

The following hazards (in as much as can be identified) may be considered by the school as a potential danger and are brought to the attention of all concerned:

Safety Procedures

To minimise these dangers, and in addition to precautionary notices in respect of safety matters being displayed at relevant points, the following safety procedures must be adhered to:

·         Wet corridors after cleaning

·         Wet floors caused by foot traffic on rainy days.

·         When corridors are wet, a ‘caution, wet floor’ sign will be placed on the corridor.

·         Minimise amount of footfall by parents waiting at entry points.

·         Trailing leads

·         Computers & Projectors

·         Electrical Sockets

·         It is ensured that leads from electrical equipment are positioned in a non-hazardous position in classroom/school

·         All machinery and electrical equipment have been fitted with adequate safeguards.

·         Washroom & Cleaning Equipment including washer dryer/ buffer/mops/hoovers etc ·         All machinery and electrical equipment have been fitted with adequate safeguards.

·         Access to and operation of equipment is restricted to qualified members of staff, whose job function is that of running, maintaining, cleaning and monitoring particular items of plant in the course of their normal duties.

·         In addition, all such plant and machinery is to be used in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations.

·         Where applicable, all members of staff have been instructed in the correct use of machinery and equipment.

·         Cleaning Store rooms (to be kept locked) ·         All store rooms containing cleaning equipment/ cleaning product are locked.
·         Kitchen appliances e.g. microwaves, kettles, toasters, coffee makers, grills ·         Precautionary notices in respect of safety matters are displayed at relevant points.

·         All spillages/breakages should be dealt with/cleared immediately.

·         Fire blanket easily accessible in staff room

·         Campus Maintenance Equipment eg lawnmowers, strimmer ·         Safety goggles, gloves and noise cancelling earmuffs to be worn by staff using this equipment
·         Car park and drop off/set down areas ·         All children should enter the school grounds via the entry gate beside the GP Hall. Walking through the car park is prohibited. Children shall exit the school via the exit gate only.

·         Teachers escort their classes into the school each morning. In the afternoon, 3rd classes are escorted to a collection point on the school yard. 4th/5th/6th are escorted to the yard gates by teachers.

·         Parents escort their children to the yards on the footpaths at the front of the school and use the zebra crossings if required. They will not walk on the road.

·         Children being dropped off in the morning shall exit the car via the door beside the footpath.

·         Stairs ·         Children walk up and down the stairs in single file. They always hold the banister with their right hands. No running is permitted on the stairs.
·         Guillotine (Ellison letter machine)

·         Scissors and knives

·         Only safety scissors used by children, knives used by adults only
·         Yard zones and seating ·         Children understand the boundaries of the playing areas on yard and do not pass these.

·         Child do not stand on seating

·         Boiler house

·         Bins’ area

·         Only authorised personnel will access the boiler house and the bins’ area.
·         PE equipment ·         Class teachers will ensure that PE equipment is safe, well maintained, stacked securely and returned/ positioned so as not to cause a hazard after each PE class.
·         Unknown personnel accessing school property ·         All visitors and parents who require access to the school shall only do so via the front door at the office. Each person must sign in before accessing the school.

  • In addition, Any defects in apparatus, equipment and fittings will be noted in the Maintenance Book in the office for repair.

Fire Protection

  • Fire extinguishers are provided, identified and regularly serviced by authorised and qualified persons.
  • Termly fire drills will take place, where evacuation procedures are followed. Fire alarm bells should be heard clearly by all teachers, pupils and staff. Staff members appointed as Fire Wardens assist the Safety officer in ensuring best practice is followed in fire drill practice. Fire wardens will monitor specific points along the evacuation route to ensure the children’s safe passage.
  • Fire alarms should be clearly marked.
  • Exit signs should be clearly marked so that visitors are aware of exit doors and routes.
  • All doors, corridors and exits must be kept clear of obstruction. PE hall doors must also be free of obstruction.
  • Appropriate assembly areas are designated outside the school building. Teachers are familiar with their designated areas and a map is available in each class/room, which clearly states where these areas are.
  • All electrical equipment should be left unplugged or switched off when unattended for lengthy periods and when the building is empty.

All recommendations made by a fire officer in addition to these provisions shall be implemented.

Constant Hazards

Machinery, kitchen equipment and electrical appliances are to be used only by authorised persons. Such appliances and equipment will be subject to regular maintenance checks.


Arrangements will be made for all appliances e.g. boiler, lifts, to be checked/serviced on a regular basis as per the Operation’s manual by a competent maintenance person, the supplier or his agent. Before using any appliance the user should check that:

  • All safety guards which are part of the appliance are in working order.
  • Power supply cables/leads are intact and free of cuts or abrasions.
  • Leads of appliances, when not in use, are unplugged.
  • Suitable undamaged fused plug tops are used and fitted with the correct fuse.
  • Official guidelines issued by the health and safety authority are followed.


All chemicals, photocopier toner, detergents etc. will be stored in clearly identifiable containers bearing instructions and precautions for their use and kept in locked store room areas. Gloves/protective clothing will be used where necessary.

School Tours/Excursions

The level of supervision required for school tours is the same as for other activities in the school ie 1-15 ratio in all classes. Teachers will organise buses/transport for all excursions.


Teacher must encourage all pupils to acquire and use relevant safety equipment in all sports.

Drugs, Medication and Allergies

See administration of medicines policy.


  • To ensure the continued welfare of the staff and children, toilet and cloakroom areas are provided. A staff room is provided where tea and lunch breaks may be taken. Staff must co-operate in maintaining a high standard of hygiene in this area.
  • Members of staff and students are reminded that a person who is under medical supervision or on prescribed medication and who has been certified fit for work/school, should notify the Principal of any known side effect or temporary physical disabilities which could hinder their performance and which may be a danger to either themselves or others.
  • Staff and students are not allowed to attend the premises or carry out duties whilst under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol. Any person found breaking this rule will be liable to disciplinary action.


Working Alone

Ideally staff should not work alone in the school, as there are risks involved such as assault, accident or sudden illness. If you have a medical condition that might cause you to become incapacitated or unconscious you should not work alone. If you choose to work alone in the school you are requested to take the following precautions:

  • If you arrive at school outside of normal school hours and find another colleague is already in the building, inform them of your presence.
  • If you are about to leave the building, and just one or two other colleagues are remaining on site, let them know you are leaving.
  • Park your car close to the main entrance where there is an external light. Move it there whilst there are still others on site.
  • If possible, carry a mobile phone with you.
  • Lock the doors and close the windows to prevent intruders.
  • Avoid working outside of the main building.
  • Do not work at heights on a ladder or stage.
  • Know the location of the nearest fire exit and how to open it in an emergency.
  • Know the location of the nearest first aid kit.
  • Do not go into attics or any other space in which you might become trapped.
  • Avoid any tasks involving hazardous tools or materials.
  • When leaving, limit the amount you are carrying to have one hand free.
  • Ensure someone knows where you are and your estimated time of arrival home.
  • If you arrive at school and find any sign of intruders, do not enter the building. Call the Gardai.
  • If you become aware of intruders or vandals, do not challenge them. Call the Gardai.

Visual Display Units

The advice contained in the guidelines on the safe operation of visual display units issued by the health and safety authority must be followed. Any up-to-date information regarding hazards relating to the use of VDU’s will be studied and recommendations and directives implemented.

Infectious Diseases

All infectious diseases shall be notified to the relevant bodies, and steps taken to ensure the safety of students and staff against all such diseases. HSE guidelines on response to infectious disease will be followed as per the DES Manual on Infection Diseases.

First Aid

The Board will fund training at various times to ensure a member of staff is trained as an Occupational First Aider. A member of staff on a rota basis will administer First Aid to staff and pupils from the First Aid room. Minor injuries are treated with water, cold packs or plaster. In the case of head injuries and breakages, a parent is contacted.

The first aid box is located in the first aid room on the foyer. Emergency medication e.g. epi-pens is stored in the school office. It is important to note that Parents /guardians are responsible for ensuring that epi-pens and medication are in date. Disposable gloves are provided for use in all First Aid applications and cleaning tasks.

All children with specific medical conditions/illnesses have their phot displayed in the First Aid room and Staff Room with instructions to follow in the event of an emergency.


All major incidents, whether to students, employees or members of the public must be reported to the office and recorded via Databiz.

A notice is posted in the office detailing:

  • Telephone numbers of local doctor, hospital and Garda i.e. an emergency contact list.

A First Aid box is available to staff at all times containing:

  • Plasters
  • Blue roll for cleaning
  • Ice Packs
  • Cotton wool
  • Paper stitches

Disposable gloves must be used at all times in administering First Aid.


  • Any contractor must make direct contact with the Principal before initiating any work on the premises and shall be shown a copy of the Safety Statement applying to the school and shall agree to its provisions. While work is in progress, any noise shall be avoided wherever possible during school hours and shall at all times be reduced to the minimum necessary. The contractor and his workmen shall not create any hazard, permanent or temporary, without informing the Principal or his nominated agent and shall mark such hazard with warning signs or other suitable protection.

Depositing/Collecting Children

  • Parents/guardians/carers must obey all signs upon entering the school grounds, in the interest of safety.
  • Drivers who are using the set down area for drop off in the morning must not park the car. Parents using the drop off area for the 1:30 pick up may park the car to collect the junior and senior infants. However, once the children are collected, cars may not park until the 2:30 pick up time. Gates will open again at 2:15pm for the 2:30 pick up.
  • Parents/guardians parking outside the school grounds are asked to accompany children to and from the school premises and to be mindful of neighbours properties and access when parking.

Revision of this Health and Safety Policy

This statement shall be reviewed annually by the Board of Management of Lusk Senior National School in accordance with experience and the requirements of the Health and Safety Act and the Health and Safety Authority.

_____________________________              _________________________

Chairperson, Board of Management                Principal

Date: ______________________________