Health and Safety

Coronavirus – Updated advice to all early years providers, schools and further education providers. 12 February 2020

The government is monitoring Coronavirus and taking action at home and abroad. The risk to individuals remains low.

Advice to those who have travelled recently

Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the 

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

Elsewhere in China

·         Thailand

·         Japan

·         Republic of Korea

·         Hong Kong

·         Taiwan

·         Singapore

·         Malaysia

·         Macau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu

·         call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Encouraging good hygiene

As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:

·         always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

·         wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

·         avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

·         avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Latest information

Updates on Coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Public Health England blog: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know

General

Children should be able to experience a wide range of activities. Health and safety measures should help them to do this safely, not stop them. It is important that children learn to understand and manage the risks that are a normal part of life. Common sense with experience and knowledge is used in assessing and managing the risks of any activity here at our school.

Health and safety procedures are always be proportionate to the risks of an activity. Staff are given the training they need so they can keep themselves and children safe and manage risks effectively.

The Law

The main legislation covering this area is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and regulations made under that Act.1 The employer (The Catholic Academies Partnership) is responsible for health and safety, tasks are be delegated to the Principle and to The Assistant Head – Resources as competent person.

Employees also have a duty to look after their own and others’ health and safety.  Here at school we all have a duty under the common law to take care of pupils in the same way that a prudent parent would do so.

What does assessing and managing risks mean?

Health and safety law requires the employer to assess the risks to the health and safety of staff and others affected by their activities. The terms risk assessment and risk management are used to describe the process of thinking about the risks of any activity and the steps taken to counter them. Sensible management of risk does not mean that a separate written risk assessment is required for every activity. However we always take a common sense and proportionate approach, remembering that in schools risk assessment and risk management are tools to enable

We have recently reviewed our H&S Policy ensuring its compliance with the latest DFE expectations.  If you have any questions regarding health and safety here at school please contact Mr Gauller, Assistant Head on 01244 981611 or by email gaullers@christofidelis.org.uk

Health and Safety Policy June 2018