How Current Health and Safety Legislations

Support Children and young people’s health and safety 2.8

1. 1 -How current health and safety legislations, policies and procedures are implanted in the setting.
A schools health and safety policy should conform to the requirements contained in the Health & Safety Act 1974, which was designed to protect everyone in the work place. Every setting must have policies to make sure that the setting is safe for children and must follow the relevant procedures.
    • The policy should contain general statement of commitment to H&S, signed by Head/Chair of Governors or indicating that it has been endorsed by the committee of the governing body which has responsibility for H&S
    • A health and safety poster should be displayed
    • Schools have a duty to ensure that health, safety and welfare of teachers and another education staff is implemented
    • Ensure the health and safety of pupils in school and on off-site visits
    • The health and safety of visitors to schools and volunteers involved in any school activity is critical.
Non Prescribed medication: (The setting’s H&S policy)
      Staff should NEVER give a non-prescribed medicine (i.e. paracetamol) to a child.
      It’s not the responsibility of the class teacher administrator any medicine to the children, as this duty resets with the Firs Aider during instances where first aid is required, or if instructed by GP.
      If a child suffers from a cute pain the parents should be encouraged to contact the child’s GP.
Emergency Procedures: (The setting’s H&S policy)
All members of staff should know how to call emergency services. Gaudiness on calling an ambulance is provided in form 5.
All staff should know that the school administrator is responsible for calling the emergency services by dialling 999.
Staff should never take a child to hospital in their own car; it’s safer to call an ambulance.