Health & Safety Policy - St Mary's National School Enniskeane Co. Cork

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The purpose of this statement is to provide guidelines for staff and other relevant parties on safety procedures. It outlines the responsibilities of management and staff in ensuring our school is safe for all employees working in the school. Safety/protection procedures in relation to children are not included in this document.

The Board of Management ratified this statement. This statement evolved after consultation with the teachers, Caretaker, Secretary, Cleaner and B.O.M.

How the Health and Safety of the employees of St. Mary's N.S. will be ensured

The Board of Management will:

  • Appoint from within the Board a Health and Safety Officer who will oversee the implementation of the Health and Safety policy

  • Organise training for staff on Health and Safety, Fire Drill, and Fire Equipment.

  • Identify hazards or risks to employees or third parties and review these periodically

  • Provide a safe school for the staff and children as far as is reasonably practicable

  • Ensure a Health and Safety Representative is appointed within the staff on an annual basis

Hazards/Risks -
To reduce the risks the following hazards are highlighted together with the suggested means of eliminating or mitigating the risk.

Fire hazards -

Fire Drill will be carried out once termly. Portable fire fighting equipment will be checked on a regular basis and evidence of these checks will be recorded. All fire points will be kept clear at all times and will be highlighted. Exits and entrances will be kept un locked during normal operating hours and adequately signposted.

Electrical Equipment -

The following precautions will apply:
All live parts will be adequately covered. Precautions will be taken by earthing and automatic disconnection in the event of a fault, to prevent danger from any electrocution.
Only appropriately qualified and trained personnel will work on the installation/repair of electrical equipment and circuits e.g sockets and lighting circuits and switches.

Manual Handling -

A training course is organised for the staff on 'manual handling'.

Work Equipment -

All equipment will be used in line with safety instructions provided and manufacturers specifications. Paper shredders, photocopiers, fax machines, printing machines etc. will be used in accordance with safety instructions and suppliers instructions and will be maintained in good condition at all times. Employees should take all due care when using ladders or climbing. Defects to equipment will be reported to the Health & Safety Representative/Officer and will be repaired or serviced by qualified persons only.

Work areas, Classrooms, School corridors etc. -

Staff will be responsible to keep classrooms and work areas safe and free of all hazards. This includes careful storage of sharp implements and potentially dangerous products.

It is the responsibility of management to provide a healthy working environment for employees. It is the responsibility of employees to use facilities provided by management to ensure a healthy environment is maintained for children and adults

Floor Surfaces -

Floor surfaces will be constantly inspected by staff and tripping hazards corrected. Spillages of all liquids will be cleaned up immediately. Serious spillages will be reported to the caretaker.

Delph -

Broken or chipped delph, pottery or glassware will be disposed of immediately.


It is the responsibility of employees to report any hazards/risks, problems or concerns.


All incidents will be recorded in writing by the staff member/s involved and passed on to the Health and Safety Representative. The Health and Safety Representative records the account. A report is passed to the B.O.M. if deemed necessary by the Health and Safety Representative. The Health and Safety Officer appointed by the B.O.M. will subsequetly deal with the matter.  


The Health and Safety representative will ensure that a copy of the Health and Safety statement is displayed and that staff and third parties are given a copy of it.

This policy was ratified by the Board of Management.

Signed : _________________         Date : ________________

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