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1 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment: Policy Guidance 1 Scope This guidance is applicable to all those with responsibility for undertaking risk assessments for activities which are under their control in both Senior and Prep School. This includes the requirements of the Independent Schools Inspectorate, National Minimum Standards and Early Years Foundations Stage standards 2 Objectives 2.1 To ensure that suitable and sufficient risk assessments are undertaken for activities where there is likely to be significant risk. 2.2 That identified control measures are implemented to control risk so far as reasonably practicable. 2.3 That those affected by school activities have received suitable information on what to do. 2.4 That risk assessments are recorded and reviewed when appropriate 3 Guidance 3.1 The Bursar/Assistant Bursar/Head of Department will be responsible for the implementation of this policy. 3.2 This guidance is applicable to general risk assessment. Where specialist skills are required, eg asbestos, fire, water quality and hazardous substances, there is separate policy guidance in place. Teaching area risk assessment checklists are also in place for guidance. 3.3 All staff will receive guidance on risk assessment as part of their induction. This will be refreshed on an annual basis. assessment training will be provided on specific areas where identified by the Bursar. 3.4 A template risk assessment form is included at Appendix 1 to this guidance. 3.5 assessments will take into account: hazard - something with the potential to cause harm risk - an evaluation of the likelihood of the hazard causing harm risk rating - assessment of the severity of the outcome of an event control measures - physical measures and procedures put in place to mitigate the risk 3.6 The risk assessment process will consist of the following 6 steps: what could go wrong who might be harmed how likely is it to go wrong Page 1 of 15

2 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment how serious would it be if it did what are you going to do to stop it how are you going to check that your plans are working 3.7 The Assistant Bursar will be responsible for the maintenance of risk assessment records. 3.8 assessments will be reviewed: when there are changes to the activity after a near miss or accident when there are changes to the type of people involved in the activity when there are changes in good practice when there are legislative changes annually if for no other reason 3.9 A list of areas (non-exhaustive) which will require risk assessment is included at Appendix 2. Legal Requirements & Education Standards References: A: Handbook for the Inspection of Schools - The Regulatory Requirements, Part 3 (www.isi.net) B: Health & Safety Executive, Five steps to risk assessment (www.hse.gov.uk/risk/fivesteps.htm) C: Health and Safety at Work" Section H of the ISBA Model Staff Handbook, D: " Health and Safety and Welfare at Work" Chapter N of the ISBA Bursar's Guide E: "Insurance" Chapter K of the Bursar's Guide by HSBC Insurance Brokers Ltd F: Early Years Foundation Stage: Statutory Framework G: Charities and Management, The Charities Commission (www.charitycommission.gov.uk) D.J.W. Baylis Bursar Date Written: June 2015 Date for review: June 2017 Page 2 of 15

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4 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment Appendix 1: Assessment Template Please ensure that macros are enabled prior to filling out this form Completed forms should be uploaded to your departments section on the Intranet Health and Safety page Assessors Name: Location: Date of Assessment: Reference. Comments: DESCRIPTION OF WORK ACTIVITY / TASK USE OF CLASSROOMS including; General teaching activities and emergency management: Slips, trips & falls: stairs, walkways, corridors, escape routes Fire & evacuation Electrical equipment. Classroom storage First aid & medical emergencies Equipment / Hazardous substances Computer work stations. REQUIRED ADDITIONAL ACTIONS Priority Action Who? By When? Current Level for Premises Method statement required? Permit to work required? Specify type: Based on this risk assessment, the level of risk has been reduced as far as reasonably practicable (ALARP). Signature: Assessor Name & Signature: Manager/Supervisor Position: Position: Due date of next assessment: Page 4 of 15

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6 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment RISK ASSESSMENT Hazard / Description - identify hazards & associated risks Hazard: Slips, Trips : Trip over objects, slip on spillages result in sprain, strain, fractures etc. Persons at Existing Controls in Place e.g. training, information, physical controls A, B, F, G Carpets and floors are in a good condition regularly maintained and free of slip, trip and fall hazards and obstacles. Housekeeping is to a good standard with no items stored close to walkways. Tables and chairs in offices are arranged to minimise the risk of tripping and to allow a person sufficient room to pass. Fire exit routes are not compromised. (If no enter a control) L S Level of Additional Controls (control must be entered on Taskman, or reported to Nick Bishop) Residual Level Lighting is sufficient in all areas, lighting is maintained and all lights are working. Changes in floor level are highlighted. Cables are laid to reduce the risk of slips and trips. Access and egress routes and points are kept clear at all times. Other controls: 6

7 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment RISK ASSESSMENT Hazard / Description - identify hazards & associated risks Hazard: Fire Persons at Existing Controls in Place e.g. training, information, physical controls (If no enter a control) A, B, F, G Fire risk assessment in place L S Level of Additional Controls (control must be entered on Taskman, or reported to Nick Bishop) Residual Level : Burning, Injury, Smoke Inhalation Staff aware of current Fire Procedure Alarms are clearly audible from class room. Fire extinguishers located outside of class room, in correct location, security tagged and in date. Fire exit signage clear on exit from classroom, staff aware of most appropriate evacuation routes and alternatives. All ceiling tiles securely located, and free from holes / damage. Housekeeping is good with minimal combustibles stored in class room and no combustible items stored near or above heaters or electrical equipment. 7

8 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment Other controls: RISK ASSESSMENT Hazard / Description - identify hazards & associated risks Hazard: Portable electrical equipment : Electric shock, electrocution, burn injuries Persons at Existing Controls in Place e.g. training, information, physical controls A, B, F, G All electrical equipment is marked with an I.D. number and presents a green PAT sticker that is in date. ( personal appliances are used) Multiway plugs are not used on a permanent basis, where they are used they are not overloaded. All equipment is in good working order with no signs of damage to casing or cables. (If no enter a control) L S Level of Additional Controls (control must be entered on Taskman, or reported to Nick Bishop) Residual Level All staff are aware of the requirement to report faulty electrical appliances immediately. All sockets and cabling is in good condition and free from damage. All non essential equipment is switched off when it is not used. (Especially overnight and weekends / holidays) 8

9 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment Other controls: RISK ASSESSMENT Hazard / Description - identify hazards & associated risks Hazard: Classroom Storage : Injuries from being struck by falling objects, units toppling over, falls from height. of musculoskeletal injuries. Persons at Existing Controls in Place e.g. training, information, physical controls A, B, F, G Areas and shelving used for storage are properly constructed and designed for intended use. Shelving and storage units are free from defect, stable and regularly maintained. All Items are stored below head height. IF items are stored above head height - if alternative storage is not available, is an appropriate means of access available and used. (e.g. small steps or step-up) (If no enter a control) L S Level of Additional Controls (control must be entered on Taskman, or reported to Nick Bishop) Residual Level Only items up to aprox 5kg are stored at or above head height. 9

10 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment Only necessary items are stored in classroom. Materials and paper are stored in a safe location, in an orderly fashion RISK ASSESSMENT Hazard / Description - identify hazards & associated risks Hazard: First aid and medical emergencies. : Increased injury severity Persons at Existing Controls in Place e.g. training, information, physical controls A, B, F, G Access to a first aid trained member of staff is available at all times. Emergency procedures are understood by all class room staff. (If no enter a control) L S Level of Additional Controls (control must be entered on Taskman, or reported to Nick Bishop) Residual Level A first aid kit is available and all contents are present and in date. ( tablets or creams are kept in this kit) Specific student illnesses are understood and communicated to relevant first aiders. ication for these is properly controlled. 10

11 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment Other controls: RISK ASSESSMENT Hazard / Description - identify hazards & associated risks Hazard: Classroom equipment / Substances. : of injury resulting from contact with equipment, use of faulty equipment, risk of cuts from Persons at Existing Controls in Place e.g. training, information, physical controls A, B, F, G Office equipment is in good condition and operated and maintained to manufactures recommendations. All staff are instructed in the safe use of office equipment. assessments are available for all hazardous classroom activities i.e. chemistry experiments, physics experiments, workshop use etc. (If no enter a control) L S Level of Additional Controls (control must be entered on Taskman, or reported to Nick Bishop) Residual Level 11

12 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment sharp objects - scissors, guillotines. of exposure to UV light, electrical shock, exposure to ozone gas. of skin irritation, eye damage or breathing issues from contact with chemicals. All chemicals, including tonners and cleaning products are listed on the COSHH register. A COSHH assessment is available for all substances used. All staff are aware of any items that may contain asbestos and the need to report damage to these items immediately. Other controls: RISK ASSESSMENT Hazard / Description - identify hazards & associated risks Hazard: Classroom Computer Workstations. : of Persons at Existing Controls in Place e.g. training, information, physical controls A, B, F, G All workstations are set up appropriately for task. Ancillary items such as mice and keyboards are in good condition. (If no enter a control) L S Level of Additional Controls (control must be entered on Taskman, or reported to Nick Bishop) Residual Level 12

13 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment musculo-skeletal injury. Suitable chairs are provided for use for teaching staff these must offer adequate back support and be adjustable. Students are aware of how to sit at a workstation and breaks are enforced at intervals of at least once per hour. Electrical and IT cables are laid safely and compliant with the electrical risk assessment Other controls: With existing controls in place the overall risk is assessed as: With the above additional specified controls in place the overall risk is assessed as: 13

14 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment PERSONS AT RISK AFFECTED GROUPS A: Plymouth College Teaching Staff B: Plymouth College Support Staff C: Other Contractor D: Commercial Hirers E: New / Expectant Mothers F: Day Pupils (Young Persons) G: Boarding Pupils (Young Persons) H: Visitors I: General Public J: Other - specify: Disabled Persons RISK LEVELS Likelihood x Severity = Rating Action Scale Level 1 = Very low or very unlikely 1 = injury or illness 1 8 further action needed 2 = Unlikely 2 = Minor / first aid injury or illness 9-14 Improvement to system of work or consider Permit to Work (PTW) ium 3 = Possible 3 = 3 day injury or illness Withdrawal of process further control is necessary /Intolerable 4 = Very likely 4 = Major injury or illness 5 = Almost certain 5 = Fatality, disabling injury, etc. You should review your risk assessment if you think it might no longer be valid, eg following an accident in the workplace, or if there are any significant changes to the hazards in your workplace, such as new equipment or work activities. 14

15 PLYMOUTH COLLEGE Assessment Appendix 2: Areas requiring risk assessment (non-exhaustive) Educational science experiments design & technology sport and PE activity Duke of Edinburgh award art CCF music drama general classroom Support catering and cleaning caretaking and security maintenance grounds office 15

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