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HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY

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HEALTH  &  SAFETY

 

 

The members of the Board of Management of Holy Family School are as follows:

     CHAIRPERSON:       Mr. Barry Murphy

     SECRETARY:            Mr. Ed O’ Brien

     TREASURER:            Mr. Brendan Fitzgerald

     OTHERS:                    Mrs. Linda Hanafin

                                           Mrs. Breda Dyland

                                           Mrs. Caroline O' Halloran

                                           Mrs. Dorota Stefan

                                           Fr. Patsy Lynch

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.

Specifically, the Board of Management 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 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 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 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 employees on matters of Health and Safety.

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

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

The Board of Management of Holy Family School will ensure that the provisions of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 are adhered to.

A Safety Committee may be established to monitor the implementation of the Safety and Health Policies of Holy Family School and the requirement under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989.

DUTIES  OF  EMPLOYEES

The overall duty of the school is to educate, supervise and discipline the pupils of the establishment.  This duty is performed by the teachers, staff of the school with the Principal teacher taking responsibility for the day to day running of the school in accordance with rules laid down by the Dept. of Education.  The duty of the cleaners is to clean the school building for comfort, health and safety of all the building’s occupants.  The duty of the caretakers is to maintain the physical fabric of the buildings and school grounds as directed by the Principal.

The Board of Management is the governing body of the school following the rules and regulations as laid down in "The Constitution of Boards and Rules of Procedure" published by the Government Publications Office.

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 anything 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 of 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, equipment or anything provided in pursuance of any of the relevant statutory provisions or otherwise, for securing safety,  health or welfare of persons arising out of work activities.

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

CONSULTATION  &  INFORMATION

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holy Family School

   - to consult with staff in the 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.

TRAINED  FIRST  AID  PERSONNEL

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holy Family School that:-

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

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

·         There will be a properly equipped First Aid Box available at all times to staff which will contain:-

    -  Elastoplast Plasters

    -  Wasp Eze

    -  Tape

    -  Savlon Antiseptic Disinfectant

    -  Savlon Antiseptic Cream

    -  Cotton Bandage

    -  Burn Eze

    -  Antiseptic Wipes

    -  Scissors

    -  First Aid Chart

    -  Disposable gloves which 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.

THE  SCHOOL BUILDING

The school is a single storied building incorporating three separate blocks:  

1.  The Infant Block      (Rooms 1 – 7 inclus.)

2.  The Middle Block    (Rooms 8 – 13 inclus.)

3.  The Senior Block     (Rooms 14 – 20 inclus.)

Each block has its own entrance.  The main entrance (A on map) is reserved for visitors to the school i.e. parents (unaccompanied by their children), inspectors, clergy and other callers.

The P.E. Hall has two entrances/exits and one emergency exit leading to the lawn at the rear of the building.

SCHOOL YARDS  AND  SUPERVISION

There are three yards in Holy Family School marked A, B and C.

Each yard is supervised by a teacher on a rota basis in conjunction with a classroom assistant. 

ARRANGEMENTS

School begins at 9.00 a.m.  It is recommended that pupils should endeavour to arrive, where possible, between 8.45 a.m. and 8.55 a.m.   Children are supervised between 8.45 a.m. and 9.00 a.m.

The school caters for approx. 260 pupils ranging in ages from 4 yrs. to 13 yrs. and the main hazards are likely to be accidents from children travelling through the building and grounds in the playground or while engaged in P.E. activity.

To minimise and prevent accidents occurring the following rules apply:-

INSIDE  THE  BUILDING:

No running is allowed on the corridor or inside the building with the exception of supervised P.E. classes in the hall.

       No equipment is to be lifted, moved or set up without the permission of the class teacher or principal.   NOTE:  The Mobile Table Tennis tables must only be set up with the aid of a teacher          or caretaker.

       No pupil may leave his seat while the teacher is out of the room.  Children requiring to go to the toilet must wait until the teacher on duty enters the room when they may seek permission.

Personal property either teachers’ or pupils’ must be stored safely.  (School bags under tables – coats hanging on hooks – slippers, shoes and lunchboxes in their proper place).

OUTSIDE  THE  BUILDING:

After entering the school grounds each child should proceed to his/her own yard (see diagram of school grounds) and remain there until the bell rings.

When the bell rings, each child should line up in the order which he/she is assigned and remain in that position until instructed to go to the classroom by the teacher on duty.

Because of the large numbers of pupils in the school yard, fast running is not allowed.

Fighting, bullying and rough play are strictly forbidden at all times.

Children should not walk or run in the grass or enter the paths and/or school building during breaks without permission.

No child may leave the school grounds without the express permission of his teacher and/or principal.

BICYCLES

It is important that children using a bicycle be familiar with the Rules of the Road and obey them.  The wearing of a helmet may be an important factor in preventing serious injury or even death should a child be unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident.

The following rules apply to children bringing bicycles to school:

§  Children cycling to school must familiarise themselves with the Rules of the Road.

§  A helmet must be worn. Each child must bring his helmet to his classroom and be responsible for it.

§  All children cycling to school must dismount at the school gate and walk with the bicycle, within the bicycle lane, to the parking places.

§  When walking their bicycles to the main gate children should keep to the left of the path, with the bicycle within the bicycle lane, so as not to obstruct others.

Failure to obey any of the above rules may result in a child being instructed to leave his bicycle at home for a period to be decided by the principal.

Constant disregard for the rules may result in the child being forbidden to cycle to school.

SCHOOL  ENVIRONMENT

HolyFamily School is a Green School (see Plean Scoile, Implementing the Green Schools’ Programme) and as such pupils and staff are keenly aware of the importance of maintaining a clean, attractive and healthy school environment.

It is forbidden to discard litter or uneaten food anywhere within the grounds of the school.  Bins are placed in each classroom and in the school yards for litter disposal.

Discarded food attracts vermin, thus creating a health hazard.  Children should be encouraged to be litter conscious and to care for their environment.  Discarded food can be both a health and a safety hazard.

A ‘litter patrol’ operates in the school yard at break times to ensure that the school grounds are kept litter free.

ACCIDENTS

Accidents which arise during recreation time shall be reported to the teacher on duty.  Where the child has sustained an injury appropriate action shall be taken.

In the case of a minor injury e.g. scratched knee, it may be sufficient to administer First Aid.  The First Aid Box is located in the toilet for the disabled inside the main door.  It shall be the responsibility of Mr. Ed O’ Brien to see that the First Aid Box is adequately stocked at all times.  Mr. Ed. O’ Brien or a person appointed by him, will be responsible for administering First Aid.

In the case of more serious injury the teacher on duty, or the class teacher if the accident occurs while the child is in his/her control, shall bring the accident to the attention of the principal who will take appropriate action.  Such action might include sending for the child’s parent/guardian, sending for a doctor, bringing the child to a doctor or to the Casualty Dept. of the hospital as deemed necessary.

·       When in doubt about the seriousness of an accident, teachers should bring it to the attention of the principal.

In the case of all accidents which occur in school a written account of the accident shall be furnished by the class teacher and/or the teacher on duty if the accident occurred during recreation time.

       The account should contain details of the date and time of the accident, how and where it occurred, the names of witnesses, the type of injury sustained and the action taken.  The account                 should be signed by the teacher.

        When the accident is brought to the attention of the principal, he too shall write out an account of the action taken by him in respect of same.

         All Accident Reports shall be kept on file in the Principal’s Office for a period of 5 years.

SMOKING

In accordance with Circular 17/90 issued by the Dept. of Education, smoking is prohibited in all primary schools including  the schoolyard as and from May 1st, 1990.

Teachers should also teach periodic lessons on the dangers of smoking to health and the difficulties of ‘kicking the habit’ once it develops.

 Employees are reminded of their responsibilities under the 1989 Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act

§  To take reasonable care for their own safety, health and welfare and that of others

§  To make proper use of all machinery, tools, substances etc.

§  To make proper use of personal protective equipment.

FIRE  SAFETY:

While a fire in almost any building can result in a potential loss of life, a fire in a school could have catastrophic consequences if adequate precautions are not taken.

In this Safety Statement, I will deal with fire safety under the following headings.

§  Potential Fire Hazards

§  Fire Safety Check-list

§  Fire Drill

1.  Potential Fire Hazards:

In the home, school or other buildings many of the things that we use every day can become potential fire hazards if they are not maintained or stored properly.

Electrical faults or faulty equipment is the cause of many fires.  The caretaker shall be responsible for checking that all electrical equipment is properly maintained and functioning correctly.

Teachers or pupils who observe a fault in electrical equipment should bring it to the attention of the caretaker.  He will examine the faults but will only carry out repairs of a most routine nature.  When in doubt, he will seek the services of an electrician.

Electrical checklist

(to be carried out at regular intervals by the caretaker)

a)  Equipment is correctly wired and earthed;

b)  plugs are correctly wired;

c)  use ratings that are correct for the type of equipment being used (fuse ratings should be marked on the equipment and the plug);

d)  the mains supply is still capable of meeting the maximum demand;

e)  the distribution system (i.e. sockets, bench supplies etc) is suitable for the type of work being carried out;

f)  the isolating switches are marked, well-sited, accessible and known to staff;

g)  residual current (earth leakage) circuit breakers are used where appropriate.

LIGHTING:

Visually check that:

a)  all the light fittings are working and are kept in a clean condition;

b)  light switches are not broken and appear to be in a safe condition;

c)  the lighting is adequate for the type of work being undertaken as specified in Circular 24/82

PLUGS/SOCKETS/LEADS

Visually check that:

a)  plugs are in good condition with no cracks or pieces missing;

b)  sockets are in good condition with no cracks or pieces missing;

c)  socket screws and mountings are secure;

d)  sockets are situated in safe positions, convenient for the equipment to be used and not subject to damp;

e)  indicator lights on sockets function correctly;

f)  insulation on leads is not cracked or frayed;

g)  leads are without knots or joins and are reasonably free of 'kinks';

h)  leads are the correct length for the equipment being used;

i)  there are no trailing leads;

j)  leads and flexible cable are securely fixed at both equipment and plug ends.

EQUIPMENT:

Check that:

a)  fixed and portable electrical equipment is not damaged and is operating correctly;

b)  copies of manufacturers' instructions/operating manuals are easily accessible;

c)  equipment is only being used for purposes for which it was intended;

d)  where appropriate, all electrical equipment is switched off and, unplugged when not in use;

e)  mains isolating switches are easily accessible and known to staff;

                               f)  on/off indicator lights function correctly;

g)  equipment incorporating heating has a thermal safety cut-out in addition to a thermostat;

h)  equipment containing liquid has a leakage detector;

i)  all items of electrical equipment are properly and regularly maintained and serviced.

FLAMMABLE  SUBSTANCES:

It is the duty of the caretaker to see to it that all flammable substances such as cleaning fluids, photocopying, chemicals, petrol etc. are stored correctly and away from any source of heat.

2.  FIRE  SAFETY  CHECK-LIST

The Staff Representative or Safety Officer should carry out the following Fire Safety Check-list at regular intervals as appropriate.

The Staff Representative or Safety Officer after each item shall indicate whose responsibility it is:

Check that:

a)  the fire exits and escape routes are clear from obstructions; (Staff Representative)

b)  fire doors are kept unlocked and unobstructed whilst people are on the premises; (Staff Representative)

c)  all designated fire exits are clearly marked;(Safety Officer)

d)  evacuation procedures are clearly displayed; (Safety Officer)

e)  staff and children are familiar with evacuation procedures; (Safety Officer)

f)  staff are familiar with and have been adequately trained in the procedure to be followed when using fire fighting equipment; (Safety Officer)

g)  fire doors open outwards and are not held or wedged open; (Staff Representative)

h)  fire extinguishers and fire blankets are checked and maintained in accordance with manufacturers' instructions;  (Safety Officer)

i)  the fire fighting equipment available is that recommended by the local authority's fire officer and is located in accordance with the fire officers recommendations;(Safety Officer)

j)  the fire alarm system is tested at regular intervals whilst the school is in session to ensure that it works and is audible in all parts of the building; (Safety Officer)

k)  there have been practice evacuations/fire drills held at least once per term; (Safety Officer) (See Section 3 / Fire Drill).

 FIRE  DRILL

It shall be the practice in Holy Family School to have a fire drill at least once each term in accordance with recommendations.  Teachers and pupils will be given an approximate time span within which the drill shall take place but will not be told exactly when.

It is important that in the event of fire that the principal and class teachers be aware of the number of children in each class so that a check can be made after exiting from the premises to ascertain that every child has in fact left the building.

Each morning each class teacher shall count the number of children in his/her class and write that number on the top right-hand corner of the blackboard and circle it.

The number shall be altered only when a child has left or returned to the premises e.g. medical or dental appointment.  Otherwise the number shall not be rubbed out. 

Each teacher will appoint a class leader who will lead the class out of the classroom in the event of the fire alarm sounding.  The leader shall be seated adjacent to the door.  The teacher shall be the last person to leave the room checking that the toilets are empty before he/she leaves.

PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED TO FACILITATE THE EVACUATION OF THE BUILDING IN THE EVENT OF THE FIRE ALARM SOUNDING:

The following is the procedure to be followed in each block in the event of the fire alarm sounding.

INFANT  BLOCK:

1.      When the fire alarm sounds all children stand.

2.      Each class is led out by the class leader and the teacher is the last person to  leave  the room having checked that no child is in the toilet.

3.      The following is the order in which the classrooms are evacuated:

               Rooms 1, 2, 3, 3A, 3B, 4 and 6 through door C.

Rooms 5 and 7 through door D.

Principal and Secretary through door A.

4.      Having  left the building the children will advance  to the fire assembly point and line up in their own line.  Each teacher will count the number of children in his/her 'líne' and         check that it corresponds with the number of children present. 

5.      If a child is missing he/she will endeavour to find out who that child is and if the child was in fact on the premises when the alarm bell rang.

6.      If the indications are that the child was in school and he cannot be located the  teacher may check the premises if it is safe to do so or else pass the information on to the members of the fire brigade.

THE  MIDDLE  BLOCK:

1.          When the fire alarm sounds all children stand.

2.          Each class is led out by the class leader and the teacher is the last person to leave the room having checked that no child is in the toilet.

          3.          The following is the order in which the classrooms are vacated:

                        a)  Rooms 10, 10A, 11, 12 and 13 through door E.     b)  Rooms 7A, 8 and 9 through door D.

          4.     Having  left the building the children will advance to their own yard and line up in their own line as they would when the bell rings after Sos or Lunch. Each teacher will count the                   number of children in his/her 'líne' and check that it corresponds with the number of children present.  If a child is missing he/she will endeavour to find out who that child is and                   if the child was in fact on the premises when the alarm bell rang.

 

         If the indications are that the child was in school and he cannot be located the teacher may check the premises if it is safe to do so or else pass the information on to the members of                the fire brigade.

THE SENIOR  BLOCK:

                1.When the fire alarm sounds all children stand.

                2.Each class is led out by the class leader and the teacher is the last person to leave the room having checked that no child is in the toilet.

                3.  The following is the order in which the classrooms are evacuated:

      a)  Rooms  20, 16, 17, 18 and 19 through door B.

      b)  Rooms 15 and 14 through door A.

 4.  Having  left the building the children will advance to the far yard (Basketball  Court) and line up in their assigned ‘líne’ as per Fire Drill Sheet.  Each teacher will count the number of               children in his/her 'líne' and check that it corresponds with the number of children present.  If a child is missing he/she will endeavour to find out who that child is and if the child was in       fact on the premises when the alarm bell rang.

     If the indications are that the child was in school and he cannot be located the teacher may  check the premises if it is safe to do so or else pass the information on to the members of            the fire brigade.

HAZARDS

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

Fire -

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Holy Family School that:-

1.      There is an adequate supply of fire extinguishers which will deal with any type of fire

2.      All fire equipment is identified and regularly serviced

3.      Regular Fire Drills take place at least once a year/term

4.      Instruction is given in the use of Fire Extinguishers for specific materials/equipment

5.      Fire alarms are clearly marked

6.      Signs will be clearly visible to ensure visitors are aware of exit doors

7.      All electrical equipment be unplugged or turned off outside office hours and when offices are vacated for lengthy periods

8.      There will be a named person in each unit responsible for fire drills and evacuation procedures

9.      The school and equipment have been checked by a qualified person and all recommendations made by him/her have been implemented

OTHER  HAZARDS

In all pupil activity involving games, P.E. etc. teachers will exercise prudent judgement on the level of safety and bring to the notice of the Principal any matter requiring corrective action.

o   The inappropriate use and storage of P.E. equipment can be a potential hazard

o   The surface of the school yard and surrounding paths requires a certain amount of caution

o   Pools of water on the school yard can be a hazard in frosty conditions when slippery or after heavy rain when covered with excess water

Hazards within the classroom –

o   School bags not properly stored

o   Undisciplined behaviour by pupils endangers the safety of others

o   Activities involving the use of tools of any kind e.g. scissors, knives, pointed implements etc.

o   Activities involving the use of electrical power or equipment

o   Children should be constantly cautioned about the dangers of throwing objects or pointing objects at a fellow pupil

o   Protruding furniture units (corners, handles, etc.)

Restricted  Areas  -

                                            The restricted areas of the school are :-

o   The locker room

o   The storage shed in the school yard

o   The boiler house

o   The lawn behind the school

These areas are restricted to authorised personnel only and authorisation may only be granted by the principal or by the appointed Safety Representative.

Hygiene  -

Drinking water should be clearly marked and specified.  Good hygiene practice is essential for the health and welfare of all the school.  Teachers are required to train their pupils in good hygienic practice.

SAFETY  OF  PUPILS  &  STAFF

Safety of Pupils.

  • Teachers have a professional duty to safeguard the health & safety of pupils both when they are authorised to be on the school premises and when they are engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere. 
  • Injury to pupils resulting from accidents.
  • The procedure to be followed in the event of an accident to a pupil is dealt with in the section headed Accidents.
  • Bullying  of  pupils
  • The procedure to be followed where there are incidents of bullying or suspected bullying is dealt with in the Anti-Bullying Policy in the school’s Code of Discipline.

Safety of Adults

  • The school’s Safety Statement is aimed at protecting employees from workplace accidents and ill-health at work.
  • Methods of making the building and its environs safe, check lists and procedures to be followed in the event of an accident are dealt with elsewhere in this policy.

Adult bullying in the Work Place

The Health and Safety Authority defines bullying as follows:

“Bullying in the workplace is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against another person or persons.  Bullying is where aggression or cruelty, viciousness, intimidation or a need to humiliate, dominate the relationships.  Isolated incidents of aggressive behaviour, while to be condemned, should not be described as bullying.  In the workplace environment there can be conflicts and interpersonal difficulties. 

Many of these are legitimate industrial relations difficulties which should be dealt with through the appropriate industrial relations channels.  Only aggressive behaviour which is systematic and ongoing should be regarded as bullying”.

In summary, Adult Bullying can take many different forms which usually include:

§  Intimidation or harassment

§  Aggression

§  Verbal abuse

§  Humiliation

§  Undermining

§  Dominance or abuse of power

§  Different or unfavourable treatment

§  Exclusion or isolation

Key features of Adult Bullying are that the behaviour is generally:

§  Persistent

§  Unwanted

§  Subtle and

§  Non-physical

Procedures to be followed in the event of a complaint about adult bullying are set out in the Sexual Harassment Policy below.

SEXUAL  HARASSMENT  IN  THE  WORK  PLACE

What is Sexual Harassment?

 Sexual harassment means unwanted conduct of a sexual nature or other conduct based on a person’s sex which affects the dignity of men and women at work.  This can include unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct which is offensive and causes discomfort or humiliation to the individual concerned.

Examples of sexual harassment include:

§  Unwanted physical or verbal advances

§  Unwanted touching or physical gestures

§  Comments and remarks of a sexual  or discriminatory nature

§  Unwelcome comments about personal appearance

§  Demands of sexual favours

§  Displays of pin-ups and pornographic material

§  Innuendoes of sexual nature or based on a person’s sex

§  Bullying

This list is not exhaustive.

SEXUAL  HARASSMENT  POLICY  IN  HOLY  FAMILY  SCHOOL

 The Board of Management recognises that all employees have the right to a workplace free from sexual harassment and is fully committed to ensuring that all employees are able to enjoy that right.

There is a responsibility on all employees to ensure a workplace free from sexual harassment for all other employees, and to be aware of this policy.

Any complaint of sexual harassment shall be fully and properly investigated and, if substantiated, will be regarded as grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.  An attempt will be made to resolve the complaint informally in the first instance but if this is not possible, a formal procedure will be invoked.  Confidentiality will be ensured, insofar as is possible, at all times during the investigation for all parties involved.

             Making a complaint of sexual harassment

Any employee who feels he or she has been or is being sexually harassed or bullied should ask the perpetrator to stop.  Where this form of action is unsuccessful the employee may report the matter to any of the following – the Principal, the Deputy Principal, INTO Staff Representative or teacher/member of the Board of Management.

Attempts will be made to resolve the matter informally, if appropriate.  If it is not possible to resolve the matter informally, a formal complaints procedure shall be applied incorporating the following steps:

1.      A written report to the Board of Management should be made by the complainant or an authorised person to whom the complaint is made and signed by the complainant.

2.      The complaint will be investigated with minimum delay as confidentially as possible by two individuals named by the Board of Management, one of whom shall be the same sex as the complainant if so requested.  Due respect shall be had for the rights of the complainant and the alleged perpetrator.

3.      Both parties may be accompanied/represented at all interviews/meetings held, and these shall be recorded.

4.      Where a complaint is found to be substantiated, the extent and nature of the sexual harassment will determine the form of the disciplinary action to be taken.  These actions may include a verbal warning, a written warning, suspension from some duties with or without pay, suspension from full duties with or without pay or dismissal.

5.      Where an employee is victimised as a result of invoking or participating in any aspect of the complaints procedure, including acting as a witness for another employeee, such behaviour will also be subject to disciplinary action.

No record of any complaint will be registered on an employee’s file unless the formal procedure outlined above has been invoked.

It is the opinion of the school that issues of sexual harassment are best dealt with within the school.  However, no aspect of the Policy affects any employee’s individual legal rights to take their complaint outside of the school.

 

 

                                                                   SAFETY  STATEMENT  FOR  HOLY  FAMILY  SCHOOL

 

SCHOOL  NAME:                          Holy Family B.N.S.

ADDRESS:                                    Balloonagh, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

TEL.  NO.                                       066/7124161

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SCHOOL  TYPE:                          Primary School

PRINCIPAL:                                 Mr. Ed O’ Brien

CHAIRPERSON:                         Mr. Barry Murphy

SAFETY  OFFICER:                   Mr. Ed O’ Brien

SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE:     David Diggins

PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR FIRST AID:       Mr. Ed O’ Brien

IMPORTANT  TELEPHONE  NUMBERS

Doctor:                                   Aidan Daly

Hospital/Ambulance:           066/7126222

Fire Brigade:                         999  or  112

Dental Clinic:                        066/7122912

This Safety Statement is aimed at protecting our employees from workplace accidents and ill health at work.  It is our programme in writing to manage health and safety.  The Safety Statement is available to our employees, outside services providers and Inspectors of the Health & Safety Authority.  We will update it as necessary and it will be reviewed at least once a year.  In particular we undertake, so far as is reasonably practicable, to comply with all relevant health and safety legislation to include the following areas:

§  Provision of a safe workplace

§  Safe access and egress routes

§  Safe handling and use of equipment

§  Safe equipment including maintenance and use of appropriate guards

§  Provision of appropriate personal protective equipment

 

SIGNED: _______________________________________        DATE: ______________