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Health and Safety Policy

General Information:

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 Summary

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 became effective on 1 November, 1989. The main purpose of the Act is to make all work places safer and healthier. The Act provides for the establishment of a National Authority for Occupational Safety and Health.

The act covers all persons at work – employers, employees, and the self-employed and it requires in so far as is reasonably practicable that employers should protect the safety, health and welfare of all who work for them.

Employers must provide and maintain in so far as is reasonably practicable safe places of work, safe plant, safe systems and must provide their employees with information and training to ensure their health and safety. Specifically employers must produce a written Safety Statement which specifies the manner in which the safety and health of workers will be secured. Of particular importance are the requirements on health and safety issues.

The Board of Management of Holywell ETNS will set up arrangements to have candidates come forward from which a person may be selected by the employees to act as Safety Representative, who will have certain rights under the Act including the right to appropriate training, to make reports and to investigate accidents. The Safety Representative will have the right to represent all employees on Occupational Health and Safety matters.

The Act also confers responsibility on the employees in so far as they are required to take care to avoid injury, to co-operate with the employer in matters of safety, to use any means provided for their protection and to report to the employer any dangerous work situation they may encounter.

The National Authority for Occupational Safety and Health which is primarily there to advise and encourage may also prosecute and close down a workplace which remains dangerous despite advice to render it safer.

Statement on General Policy

The Board of Management of Holywell ETNS recognises the importance of the Legislation enacted in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989.

This Safety Statement sets out the Safety Policy of the Board of Management Holywell ETNS and sets out the means to achieve that policy.

The Board of Management’s objective is to endeavour to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all our employees and pupils and to meet our duties to members of the public with whom we come in contact.

This policy requires the co-operation of all employees.

It is our intention to undertake regular reviews of the statement in light of experience, changes in legal requirements and operational changes.

The Board of Management will undertake to carry out a safety audit annually and report to staff. This inspection/safety audit will be carried out more frequently if requested by either staff or the Board of Management.

All records of accidents or ill health will be monitored in order to ensure that any safety measures required can be put in place, wherever possible, to minimise the recurrence of such accidents and ill-health.



Chairperson Board of Management


Policy Statement on Safety, Health and Welfare at Work of the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS

1.1 The members of Board of Management of Holywell ETNS are:

Denis Brennan, Maria Boyne, Bryan Healy, John Fitzsimons, Brian Ennis, Carolyn Barnes, Miroslaw Kawula, Lesleyann Wylie

1.2 The Board of Management will ensure that, in so far as is practicable, the highest standards of safety shall prevail and that, at a minimum, the provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 are applied.

1.3 Specifically, the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS wishes to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable:

(a) The design, provision and maintenance of all places in a condition that is safe and without risk to health

(b) The design, provision and maintenance of safe means of access to and from places of work

(c) The design, provision and maintenance of plant and machinery

(d) The provision of systems of work that are planned, organised, performed and maintained so as to be safe and without risk to health

(e) The provision of instruction to staff on proper lifting techniques of pupils and dealing with pupil challenging behaviour

(f) The provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure the safety and health at work of its employees

(g) The provision and maintenance of suitable protective clothing or equivalent as necessary to ensure the safety and health at work of its employees

(h) The preparation and revision as necessary of adequate plans to be followed in emergencies e.g. fire drill, injuries etc.

(i) The safety and prevention of risk to health at work in connection with use of any article or substance

(j) The provision and maintenance of facilities and arrangements for the welfare of employees at work

(k) Obtaining where necessary, the services of a competent person for the purpose of ensuring the safety and health at work of its employees

(l) The continuing updating of the Safety Statement

(m) The provision of arrangements for consultation with employee

s on matters of Health and Safety

(n) The provision of arrangements for the selection from amongst its employees of a representative

1.4 The Board of Management recognises that its statutory obligations under legislation extend to employees, students, any person legitimately conducting school business and to the public.

1.5 The Board of Management of Holywell ETNS undertakes to ensure that the provisions of the Safety, Health and welfare at Work Act 1989 are adhered to.

1.6 A Safety Committee may be established to monitor the implementation of the Safety and Health Policies of Holywell ETNS and the requirements under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989.

Duties of Employees

1. It is the duty of every employee while at work:

(a) To take reasonable care for his/her own safety, health and welfare, and that of any person who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions while at work.

(b) To co-operate with his/her employer and any other person to such extent as will enable his/her employer or the other person to comply with any of the relevant statutory provisions.

(c) To use in such manner so as to provide the protection intended, any suitable appliance, protective clothing, convenience, equipment or thing provided (whether for his/her use alone or for use by him/her in common with others) for securing his/her safety, health or welfare while at work.

(d) To report to the Board of Management without unreasonable delay, any defects in plant, equipment, place or work, or system of work, which might endanger safety, health or welfare of which he/she becomes aware.

2. No person will intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse any appliance, protective clothing, convenience or other means or thing provided in pursuance or any of the relevant statutory provisions or other-wise, for securing safety, health or welfare or persons arising out of work activities.

Employees using available facilities and equipment provided, should ensure that work practices are performed in the safest manner possible.

Consultation and Information

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS:

- to consult with staff in preparation and completion of the Health and Safety Statement and of Hazard control forms

- to give a copy of the Safety Statement to all present and future staff

- that any additional information or instructions regarding Health, Safety and Welfare at work not contained in the document will be conveyed to all staff as it becomes available

- that Health, Safety and Welfare will form an integral part of any future staff training and development plans.


All staff and the Board of Management will complete Hazard Control Forms. Some

Hazards can be rectified but others remain constant. The Hazards have been divided into two categories.

Hazards that can be rectified or minimised will be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

Those that cannot will be clearly indicated and appropriate procedures listed beside them.

The Board of Management in consultation with the employees will review and make recommendations on the elimination of Hazards.

Specific Hazards

1. Fire

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS that:

(i) There is an adequate supply of fire extinguishers which will deal with any type of


(ii) All fire equipment is identified and regularly serviced

(iii) Regular Fire drills take place at least once a term

(iv) Instruction is given in the use of Fire Extinguishers for specific materials/equipment

(v) Fire alarms are clearly marked

(vi) Signs will be clearly visible to ensure visitors are aware of exit doors

(vii) All electrical equipment be unplugged or turned off outside office hours and when offices are vacated for lengthy periods

(viii) An assembly area is designated outside each building (specify location for your school).

(ix) Those leaving buildings/classrooms should let someone know (specify school practice)

(x) Exit signs are clearly marked

(xi) All bottled gas is stored in outdoor sheds away from the main buildings

(xii) There will be a named person in each unit responsible for fire drills and evacuation procedures

(xiii) The school and equipment have been checked by a Fire Officer and all recommendations made by him/her have been implemented.

2. Other hazards should be specified here


o Condition of school buildings, dampness, draughts, roof slates, leaks, electrical

fittings, windows opening out at head level, yard surface etc.

o Storage, maintenance, and appropriate use of PE equipment

o Individual classrooms, sockets, lights, etc.

o Hallway condensation, slippery floor surface, protruding units such as coat rails etc.

o Toilets, water, towels, sanitary disposal units, hand dryers, floors, cleaning policy

etc. Arrangements for separate staff toilets etc.

o Water, drinking/non drinking areas clearly marked and specified

o Staff room, facilities, safety measures etc. See INTO checklist.

o Ice/flooding on yards, steps etc.

Constant Hazards

1. Machinery, Kitchen Equipment and Electrical appliances

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS that:

Machinery, Kitchen Equipment and Electrical Appliances are to be used only by competent and authorised persons. Such appliances and equipment will be subject to regular maintenance checks.


It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS that all chemicals, detergents etc., be stored in clearly identifiable containers bearing instructions and precautions for their use and shall be kept in a locked area, and protection provided to be used when handling them.

3. Drugs Medications

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS that all medications, drugs, etc be kept in a proper medication cabinet, locked at all times, keys to be kept in a secure and safe place. The Board of Management has a duty to safeguard the health and safety of pupils. However, teachers do not personally undertake the administration of medication. Teachers may supervise the administration of a medicine by the child, ie an inhaler, and ensure that the medicine is taken at a correct time during the school day. However, we would request that only medicines be administered to a child outside of the school day, and if it is deemed necessary, medicines must be brought into class and stored out of reach of other children.

The Board of Management requests parents to ensure that staff members are made aware in writing, of any medical condition suffered by their child. This information should be provided at enrolment or at the development of any medical conditions at a later date.

Where children are suffering from life threatening conditions or allergies, parents should outline clearly in writing, what should and what should not be done in a particular emergency situation, with particular reference to what may be a risk to the child.

4. Highly Polished Floors

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS that:-

Floors will not be polished or made slippery (or specify a non slip polish).

That washing of floors is conducted after school hours to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, elimination of the danger of slipping. To this end warning signs regarding wet floors will be used.

5. Code of Behaviour

The Code of Behaviour in the school provides for a level of behaviour to minimise personal risk or stress to any employee.

6. Access to employees is by consent

When the employee feels at risk from or threatened by a particular person on school property, this must be drawn to the Board of Management’s attention. The Board of Management will undertake to ensure that in such circumstances all appropriate measures will be taken to protect employees.

7. Trained First Aid Personnel

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS that: -

An employee will be trained to apply First Aid to other employees.

All required remedies and equipment are made available for first aid function.

There will be an adequate supply of properly equipped First Aid Boxes available at all

times to staff which will contain:

Elastoplast plasters


Cotton Bandage


First Aid Chart

Disposable gloves must be used at all times when administering First Aid.

Hot water and soap will be available and should be used before and after administering First Aid.

Other considerations include:

Persons coming onto the school premises must identify themselves clearly to whoever answers the door before gaining admittance to the school premises. Any contractor should make direct contact with the Principal, or Vice Principal before initiating any work on the school premises.

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holywell ETNS to minimise sound pollution – room to room, yard to room etc.

When people are working on the premises with drills or other loud implements they must wear protective earmuffs. Where such work is taking place which constitutes any threat to Health and Safety the school will be closed or the work will not take place during school hours.

All flammable, toxic and corrosive substances must be kept in the locked press/room provided. All the above substances must be clearly and accurately labelled at all times.

When a child who needs to be lifted is enrolled in the school, suitable support services must be provided, arrangements made and training provided for the lifting of the child in order to minimise strain on staff.

Arrangements will be made to ensure the protection of staff from violent or disturbed children through restraining the child, removing them from the current environment and assigning additional staff to the classroom when required.


Dogs and other such animals which pose a threat to the safety of children, staff and members of the school community are not ever permitted on the school grounds. Signs prohibiting dogs into the school will be displayed around the grounds.



Chairperson Board of Management Holywell ETNS