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UNIT 208 HEALTH AND SAFETY TO SUPPORT CHILDRENOUTCOME 1Describe how current health and safety legislation, policies and procedures are implemented in the setting? DBS CHECK AND SECURITY OF VISITORSAt linthorpe Community Primary School (LCPS) training of Health & Safety is provided to all members of staff who have various roles and responsibilities of fire, safeguarding and first aid. The school carries out an enhanced DBS check for all staff and volunteers who deal with children. The school requires all employers/volunteers to have an induction prior to commencing the work. The induction covers all aspects of Health and Safety policies. After the induction volunteers are expected to sign that they have understood the Health and Safety policy in the presence of the teacher. The induction is organised by one of the teachers in the school. In addition, all visitors to the school must sign using a tablet provided at reception and obtain a badge which permits their valid entry into the school. Signing in also means that they have read and understood the safeguarding policy. The school receptionists are responsible for safety checks on the visitors. HEALTH AND HYGIENE ROUTINESGood safety habits are taught for children as part of the national curriculum. This can be through topics within the school’s learning contexts, for instance, a safe place to play which could include Science, English or Technology, and the involvement of outside agencies such as the police, fire brigade, road safety officer, Kerbcraft etc. It might also be through a health-related topic such as smoking.The children are encouraged to develop healthy habits through good health and hygiene routines, for example regular exercise or care of themselves, personal hygiene etc.A positive policy for healthy eating is maintained at school, with healthy option menu at lunchtime, and the availability of fruit for a break-time snack. The school has also been awarded a Gold Award for Healthy Schools.Children learn best through practical experiences and active involvement in all areas of the curriculum. Children are taught to have care and consideration for themselves and others:in the classroomwhen using equipment e.g. scissors, tools, PE apparatuswhen moving around schoolwhen carrying out investigations e.g. a pond, pollution, soil studieswhen on educational visitsMOVING FURNITUREWhen children are moving chairs, they should be moved one at a time and children must be shown how to carry them correctly. They may carry single chairs on their own. Tables need one child at each end, a child must not attempt to lift a table on his or her own. Small items of equipment include tape player, CD players physical education (PE) trolleys etc. These can be moved freely by the children. When any item of equipment or furniture is being moved from one room to another, always make sure that there is another child available to open and close doors. The items children should not move are computers – monitors can easily fall off trolleys, wires can get caught, piano although on wheels, it can trip, and feet and fingers can get injured.ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENTThe paper cutter will normally only be use by adults. Older children under supervision may use them. Sharp knives are to be used by adults only and never left unattended. Only adults will use hot glue guns. The cooker is for adult use only. Children cooking must always be supervised. The Council will test all the electrical equipment annually. All PE apparatus will be tested by outside contractors annually.PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (PE)For any physical activity (PE), children change into shorts and T shirts, and wear pumps or trainers for outside activities. It is part of the school policy that children do not wear any form of jewellery, except for small ear studs, for safety reasons. For physical activity (PE) ear studs must also be removed or covered with sticking plaster. When using large apparatus children must be trained in how to move, lift and set out each piece of apparatus. This includes how to lift correctly, and how many children are required for moving each piece of equipment (this should include how to bend), for example netball posts one child at each end.SWIMMING LESSONS/EDUCATIONAL VISITSIn Year 5 children attend swimming lessons the child will be made aware of safe procedures and shown how to evacuate the pool. Whilst travelling to the swimming pool in the coach, the children must remain seated until told otherwise. Seatbelts must be always be worn.In accordance with Local Education Authority (LEA) safety regulations, educational visits are carefully planned, with staff visits made if possible. Details are sent to parents. Children are asked to wear appropriate clothing for the activity planned. The correct adult/child ratios are always followed, and a first aid kit and list of emergency phone numbers taken. FIRE DRILLS/BOMB ALERTSLinthorpe Community Primary School (LCPS) has set procedures in case of an emergency in school, such as a fire or bomb alert when the building needs to be evacuated. These drills are carried out at least once a term. All staff and children are familiar with these procedures, and know their own exit route, place of assembly and roll call procedure.ACCIDENTSAll children are taught to take care of themselves and each other, but in a school environment, accidents do occur. Most accidents in school are minor and can be dealt with by any member of staff. Fully equipped first aid boxes are kept in the reception office, nursery toilets, reception class store, opposite class 20, opposite class 16, opposite class 2 and outside class 8.If the accident is more serious, the aim of the school is to get the child qualified medical attention as quickly as possible. Parents are notified straight away and if necessary, an ambulance sent for.Accident forms are completed for any accident requiring professional medical attention or caused by any defect in the school or its equipment.HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES/BODILY FLUIDSThe site supervisor, under the direction of the Headteacher, is responsible for ensuring that the building provides a safe and healthy environment for the children. The site supervisor and Middlesbrough Council(MBC) employees maintain clean and tidy building and grounds. Any minor repairs or maintenance are completed by the site supervisor or using authorised contractors. Any equipment/hazardous substance is kept locked away from the children. When treating any accidents disposable gloves are worn that involve bodily fluids. Any waste is placed in a disposable bag and fastened securely. Any children’s clothes should be placed in a plastic bag and fastened securely ready to take home. POSTERSWhere are the posters displayed for health and safety?In the staff room the posters are displayed on the boards