Health and Safety.

Statement on General Policy

This Safety Statement sets out the Safety Policy of the Board of Management 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.

Policy Statement on Safety, Health and Welfare at work of the Board of Management

1.1 The members of the Board of Management are
Chairperson: Fr. Dunne, John Doherty, Patrick Mc Ginley, Eileen Egan, Mel O Donnell , Michael Mc Bride, Anne Mc Fadden and John Devenney.

1.2 The Board of Management will ensure that, in do 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, 2005 and any subsequent legislation are applied.
1.3 Specifically, the Board of Management wishes to ensure so far 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 egress 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 such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure the safety and health at work of its employees.
(f) The provision of instruction of staff on proper lifting techniques of pupils and dealing with pupil challenging behaviour.
(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 employees 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 extends to employees, students, and any person legitimately conducting school business and to the public.
1.5 The Board of Management undertakes to ensure that the provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare ant work act 2005 are adhered to.
1.6 A Safety Committee may be established to monitor the implementation of the Safety and Health Policies and the requirements under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.

Duties of employees

It is the duty of every employee while at work to:
(a) To take responsible care for his/her own safety, health and welfare, and that 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 a 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 reasonable delay, any defects in plant, equipment, place or work, or systems of work, which might endanger safety, health or welfare of which he/she becomes aware.

No person will intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse any appliance, protective clothing, convenience or other means or thing provided in the 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:
· 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.
· That Health and Safety is an agenda topic at all Board of Management meetings.

Hazards

On identification of a hazard or problem:
All staff and the Board of Management will complete Hazard Control Forms

  • School Holidays

    • Halloween Break 2017
      Closing on Fri 27th Oct; re-opening on Mon 6th Nov
    • Christmas Holidays
      School closes on Fri 22nd Dec 2017 and will re-open on Mon 8th Jan 2018.
    • Feb Mid-term 2018
      Closed on Thurs 15th & Fri 16th Feb 2018
    • Easter Holidays 2018
      Closing for Easter Holidays on Fri 23 March & re-opening on Mon 9 April 2018.
    • May Bank Holiday 2018.
      The school is closed on Mon 7th May 2018.
    • June Bank Holiday 2018.
      The school is closed on Mon 4th June 2018.
    • Provisional Summer Closure 2018
      Provisional date for Summer Holidays is Fri 22nd June 2018.

      Please note that the above dates are subject to change.

      In the event of unforeseen closures, the Board of Management may use the first three days of the Easter Holidays to catch up on missed school days.