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1707 Health and Safety Policy Review Report - 5 July 2017

5 July 2017

Policy Review Report - Health and Safety

Section of Operations Policy Being Reviewed:

Health and Safety

Amended April 2016

 

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

Trial Evacuations and Lockdowns

  • Trial Evacuations and Lockdowns were completed and recorded in 2016.

  • A Trial Evacuation and Trial Lockdown was completed in Term One but the evacuation was not notified to the Fire Service as required. The recording procedure has been reviewed and steps taken to ensure that this is not overlooked in the future.


"...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

  • Bullying does happen, and is certainly dealt with, usually by the Principal

  • Since March 2014 staff have recorded behaviour incidents, including bullying, using an online Incident Report form.

    • The data from these forms is collated in the Incident Report Spreadsheet.

    • The spreadsheet is monitored by the principal.

    • Follow up and/or interventions are recorded on the spreadsheet.

    • This data will allow analysis of trends over time and assist in the review of behaviour management procedures.


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

Interpretation

  • I interpret this to mean that the board expects me to ensure that the board,  as a responsible employer, meets all of its legal requirements under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

Data to Verify that this Interpretation has been Fulfilled

  • There is a comprehensive Health and Safety section in the online staff Handbook. It has been updated to reflect the requirements of the new act.

  • All staff were invited to complete a line by line review of Health and Safety section in June 2017.

  • Eleven staff completed the review.

  • There were no areas of concern.


"...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 been checked.

 


"...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 online Staff Handbook outlines process that staff follow whenever they take students away from the school environment.

  • There have been 6 day and 3 overnight or more trips since the last board report (April 2016)

  • There have been no incidents of concern.


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

 

Data to Verify that this Interpretation has been Fulfilled


"...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 since the last report (April 2016).

 


"...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 (April 2016).


Recommendations

  1. That the board notes that, as “officers”, board members have a duty to be aware of Health and Safety issues at the school and to ensure that the school meets the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.