Health & Safety Unit 304 Stils

Julia Fowler

Julia Fowler


Health & Safety
Unit CYP 334
Health & Safety
Unit CYP 334

Creating a healthy & safe environment
When assessing the factors for creating a safe environment for children to learn, we must ensure that these cover both physical and mental health.   We need to ensure that we build a physically safe area that also challenges children and young adults; thus as their age and ability increases, so we manage the setting appropriately enabling them to make more educated choices and decisions about their own health and safety.
We do need to follow a patented formula in order to do this, by using our own or a specialists expertise to create surroundings conducive to this.   We need to look an area or activity, assess any hazards and grade them on severity and likelihood to cause harm; any mitigating circumstances and whether the risk is outweighed by the learning experience.
Risk Assessment
There are 5 key steps to risk assessment.
  1. What is the hazard and associated risks
  2. Who is at risk and what injuries are likely
  3. What procedures are already in place an what else could be done
  4. Implement and record recommendations
  5. Review and update
Maintenance & Monitoring
Daily monitoring by teaching staff of classroom should take place (see below example)
Daily Classroom   Health & Safety Checklist |
✓ | Trailing cables avoided |
✓ | Pre-use checks carried out on all electrical equipment |
✓ | Fire exit doors not sticking and all exit signage in place |
✓ | Fire extinguisher in place and fixing to wall (where appropriate) |
✓ | Finger guards on doors are undamaged |
✓ | Nothing has been put on top of, in front of or closely adjacent to the heater |
✓ | Clear access - equipment and furniture is arranged to allow unobstructed passage to all areas and the fire exit doors |
✓ | No drawers left open |
✓ | No defective or damaged furniture or any sharp edges noticeable...