Support Childrens and Young People Health and Safety

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2.8 Support children and young people’s health and safety. 1. Know the legislative and policy framework for health and safety. 1.1 Describe how current health and safety legislation, policies and procedures are implemented in the setting. Hazard= Anything that has the potential to cause harm. (p22, support children and young people’s health and safety L. Burnham, B. Baker) Everyone in school needs to be alert to any hazards, which are likely to cause harm or injury to themselves and others. The school is required to carry out risk assessments to make sure that everything is safe. Staff and pupils need to be aware of hazards and report them as soon as possible to the appropriate person. You should be aware of the person you report too. This could be the health and safety officer. The Health and Safety Act 1974 Requires that any organisation to ensure that they: * Report any hazards. * Follow the schools safety policy. * Make sure that their actions do not harm themselves or others. * Use any safety equipment provided. * Ensure equipment is safe and appropriate.(p122 Supporting teaching and learning in schools L Burnham, B Baker.) The school is required by law to have a health and safety policy, which gives information to all staff. To make sure the school is as safe as possible. All new staff joining the school should receive introduction training in health and safety and what to do in an emergency. There should also be a health and safety policy for staff to read and sign. Staff must ensure that any actions which they take are not likely to cause harm or cause danger to others in school. You need to make sure all equipment used in school is up to date with PACT testing and is fit for use. You may also need to use certain equipment for safety such as gloves or goggles when carrying out certain activities. All materials and equipment used

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