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Promoting Quality Care Assessment TaskDiscuss the application of appropriate aspects of health and safety legislation in the setting The Health and Safety at work (NI) Order 1978The staff of primary school R have a great responsibility to supervise the children during the school day. This is from the moment the children come into school until the moment they go home. This also during breaks, lunch and afterschool. During the start of each year, all staff in primary school R meet and discuss what class they will be teaching throughout the year. The teacher is responsible for this certain class. At the start of every month, the principle of primary school R creates a supervision rota which all staff must follow. Staff have the duties to supervise the children and make sure they are safe at all times when it is their turn on the rota. For example, one teacher may have to supervise the children while they are eating their dinner whilst another teacher supervises the children while they are playing outside in the playground. This ensures that the children are safe at all time and always has someone to look after them in case of an accident. Whenever break time or lunch time is over then the supervising staff will remain with the children until they are collected from their assigned teacher, the class teacher will then bring the pupils into the classroom to continue their study. If it is break or lunch time and the children cannot go outside due to awful weather, then the children will be supervised indoors in a classroom. Children are not allowed to leave the classroom without staff permission. If for any reason a member of staff cannot do their supervision duties, then the principle will arrange for them to swap with another member of staff. This way the children will always have a member of staff to supervise them.Health and safety of the building properties is maintained by the caretaker who makes sure that all wires and cables are put away and are in a safe place where children cannot grab for them and maybe injure themselves. Caretakers have to have frequent checks of electrical equipment to ensure that they are in a safe working order. It is very important if any teachers spot any faults within the school to report them directly to the caretaker. The caretaker is responsible for locking up the primary after all the teachers leave. This is extremely important as if the caretaker doesn’t lock up then someone might break into the school. The caretaker has the master key and there is only one of these for security reasons. Within the school’s policy and procedure there is a specific designated teacher who is trained in first aid in case of any accidents. This designated teacher is highlighted within the school policy book and I noticed in the school that there were posters about the school which highlighted to the students who the first aider was. The designated teacher who is trained in first aid must update their training every 3 years to ensure that they are practicing first aid. While I was at the school, a fire drill happened. The bell rang to indicate there was a fire and the children left their bags and personal belonging and left the classroom to line up quietly at the designated fire drill point. The teacher counted all the children to ensure that all the children were there. This is for the children’s safety. Then after the principle made sure it was safe to enter the school again, the children went back into the classroom and continues their studies. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)Using dangerous chemicals or other harmful substances at work can put the health of staff, pupils and others at risk. All schools have a legal duty under COSHH to ensure that dangerous substances are stored, handled and used safely. The caretaker of primary school R has the responsibilities of identifying all dangerous chemicals, ensuring COSHH assessments are undertaken and documented for any substance which may need one and having safe systems in place for the use of hazardous chemicals. Examples of dangerous chemicals are bleach, disinfectants and medication. Wearing the correct PPE (personal protective equipment) can also be a control measure. An example of PPE is goggles or gloves. When I was talking to the caretaker of the school, he informed me that there was a COSHH file kept in the cleaner’s room. In this file there was hazardous chemicals. while I was walking past the cleaner’s room there was a `do not enter!’ sign on the door. On the chemicals bottle there was clear labels with signs such as ‘flammable’ ‘extremely toxic’. Also on the bottle there was an expiry date along with a description of how to use the substance. The caretaker is the only person who has access to the cleaner’s room. This is for safety purposes.Primary School R has a school nurse and I observed her give medicine to a pupil. She had to get the permission of the pupil’s parent before she gave the child medicine. The school nurse has to read the instructions on the back of the medicine box. This was to ensure that she didn’t give the pupil an overdose or give them too little medication. The medicine was stored in correctly in the sick bay in a locket cabinet in the nurse’s room. After school whenever all the pupil leave I witnessed cleaners in the school building. They were cleaning the school to ensure there was no build-up of germs and dust. I observed the cleaners use a toxic substance, I observed the cleaner reading the back of the substance to ensure that they are using it correctly and safely. Reporting injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR)If any RIDDOR incidents occur, then the staff would have to follow the certain procedures which the principle and the board of governors set in place to ensure safety of the children. Primary school R have a RIDDOR log book to record all RIDDOR accidents which is safely stored away in a protected drawer, in the school office. All accidents are stored for at least 3 years after the date of the accident. Only specific accidents can be reported such as temporary blindness, severe burns or broken limbs which may have been due to poor practice of the staff in primary school R. A member of the safeguarding team will be required to complete an online form that is provided online. The safeguarding team must guarantee that they have the following information when they are reporting an incident: the details of the person who was involved such as their name and contact details, the date that the report was made, the date and time of incident, a description of the injury and how it happened. The safeguarding team must report any serious injuries to the HSE incident communication centre using the telephone service that they provide. The safeguarding team have a duty to use this report to carry out a risk assessment to limit the possibility of this accident happening again and to investigate the accident by carrying out an investigation by gathering evident such as eyewitnesses or cameras which are placed around the school Word count; 1203