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1309 Health and Safety Policy Review Report - 18 September 2013

18 September  2013

Policy Review Report - Health and Safety


Section of Operations Policy Being Reviewed:

Health and Safety

Amended June 2012

Students and staff shall have a safe physical and emotional learning environment. Therefore, the principal shall not fail to:

Section by Section Review


 "...the principal shall not fail to:...

  • Take all reasonable steps to protect students, staff and visitors to the school from unsafe or unhealthy conditions"

Interpretation

    • I interpret this to mean that the board expects me to ensure all legal requirements with regard to the health and safety of students staff and visitors are complied with, and that there is a commonsense approach embraced by all staff members that ensures that students are healthy and safe.
    • Note that the health and safety of staff is also covered in the Personnel section of the Operations Policy.

Data to Verify that this Interpretation has been Fulfilled

    • There is a comprehensive Health and Safety section in the on-line staff Handbook.
    • The Health and Safety section was reviewed with staff in Term 1  and will be reviewed again in Term 4.


 "...the principal shall not fail to:...

Interpretation

    • I interpret this to mean that the board expects me to ensure that bullying is not tolerated in the school, and that in the event that there is an incident of bullying the procedures are followed so that the bullying does not continue and the negative effects are minimised.

Data to Verify that this Interpretation has been Fulfilled

    • The current statement in regard to Safe School is out of date and requires updating.
    • Bullying does happen and is certainly dealt with usually by the Principal
    • The procedures need to be updated to reflect current practise


 "...the principal shall not fail to:...

Interpretation

Data to Verify that this Interpretation has been Fulfilled

    • There is a comprehensive Health and Safety section in the on-line staff Handbook.
    • The Health and Safety section was reviewed with staff in Term 1  and will be reviewed again in Term 4.


 "...the principal shall not fail to:...

  • Provide a smoke free environment"

Interpretation

    • I interpret this to mean that the board expects me to ensure that we comply with smokefree law.
    • The Smoke-free environments act 1990 requires that the "managers of school premises ... must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that
      (a) no person smokes in any part of the premises (whether an internal area or an open area) at any time on any day; and
      (b) a notice stating that smoking within the premises is forbidden at all times is prominently displayed at or immediately inside-
      (i) every entrance to the premises; and
      (ii) every outer entrance to every building or enclosed area forming part of the premises."

Data to Verify that this Interpretation has been Fulfilled
    • Smokefree notices have be checked, and replacement notices ordered.



 "...the principal shall not fail to:...
  • Ensure a risk analysis management system (RAMS) is carried out where and when appropriate
  • Seek approval for all overnight stays/camps attesting first to their compliance with the Risk Analysis Management requirement above

Interpretation

    • I interpret this to mean that that I ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that staff and students are safe when they go on school trips.

Data to Verify that this Interpretation has been Fulfilled
    • The Education Outside the Classroom section of the on-line Staff Handbook outlines process that staff follow whenever they take students away from the school environment.
    • There have been 14  day trips and 3 overnight or more trips since the last board report (June 2012).
    • There has been one incident reported and  this was dealt with by the Principal and communicated via email to the Board Chair


 "...the principal shall not fail to:...

Data to Verify that this Interpretation has been Fulfilled
    • Health topics for the year have been communicated in the school newsletter
    • Results of this consultation is reported to the board in December via the Health Curriculum Report


"...the principal shall not fail to:...

  • Provide privacy of personal documentation held at school

Data to Verify that this requirement has been Fulfilled
    • As the designated Privacy Officer I ensure that the school complies with the principles of the Privacy Act.
    • No privacy issues or enquiries have arisen.



"...the principal shall not fail to:...
  • Advise the board chair of any emergency situations as soon as possible

Data to Verify that this requirement has been Fulfilled
    • There have been no emergency situations since the last report (June 2012).


Summary of Further Action

  1. Rams form information needs to be discussed with all staff to ensure that all health and safety requirements are met
  2. We need to review procedures for dealing with bullying to reflect current practice