Health Safety and Welfare

Safety Statement of St. Michael’s Holy Faith Secondary School (2011)

General Policy Statement
It is the objective of the Board of Management to endeavour to provide and manage a safe and healthy work environment for all staff members, and to meet our duties, as far as is reasonably practical, to students, , contractors and members of the public who may be affected by our operations. Management will endeavour to achieve these objectives by providing adequate training, managing proper emergency planning, full consultation, provision of personal protective equipment when necessary and reasonably safety conscious (competent) staff.

Safe working is a condition of employment. Every staff member in St. Michael’s Holy Faith Secondary School must assume responsibility for working safely. The success of the policy will depend on your co-oopearation. It is therefore important that you read the document carefully and understand your role and the overall arrangements for health & safety at St. Michael’s Holy Faith Secondary School.

It is our intention to review this statement in the light of experience and developments at St. Michael’s Holy Faith Secondary School. Staff and others are encouraged to put forward suggestions for improvement to the statement.

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005

Staff Member Responsibilities.
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, (Section 13) places a number of obligations on staff members while at work.
These are:

  • To take reasonable care of your own health and safety, and that of other personnel who may be affected by your acts or omissions.
  • To cooperate with your employer on issues pertaining to health and safety.
  • To use any suitable appliance, protective clothing/equipment provided for securing safety , health and welfare.
  • To report to management without delay and defects of which you become aware in equipment, place of work, or system of work, which might endanger safety, health and welfare.
  • Not to intentionally or recklessly interfere with any safety measure provided. Such action will lead to disciplinary procedures.
  • To be familiar with the full safety procedures and safe work methods.
  • Not to be under the influence of an intoxicant while at work (including drugs and alcohol) and to submit to any reasonable tests for intoxicants, accordingly.
  • To attend and take account of any safety training, particularly where risk assessment states that this training is necessary.
  • Not to engage in improper conduct or behaviour (including bullying/harassment).
  • To immediately report to management or safety representative, all accidents and near miss

In the case of an accident please complete an Accident Report Form. A copy of the form is included in this Handbook. Copies are also available in the staff room.

First Aid
The Board of Management has facilitated the training of a number of staff in First Aid in compliance with the demands of legislation. Staff should refer to the information on First Aid and familiarise themselves with the personnel qualified in First Aid and the location of First Aid boxes.

Details of all qualified First Aid staff are publicly displayed in the entrance area beside the HSCL office. In addition these staff are identified with a first aid sign on their home/base room.

A defibrillator (AED) is located in the main reception area and details of designated users /staff are located beside it. A second defibrillator is located in the Sports Hall in the PE Teachers office.

In addition to the issues of Health Safety and Welfare staff are encouraged to use the room audit process to advise the Principal of any requirements or resources which are necessary to improve the ambience and the teaching and learning in the classroom.

List of Staff Trained in First Aid & Use of Defibrillator

  • Mr. Barry
  • Mr. O’Ceallaigh
  • Ms. Gavigan
  • Ms. Keaveney
  • Ms. Hannon
  • Ms. Gilligan Quinn
  • Ms. Hughes
  • Ms. Masterson
  • Ms. Rabbitte
  • Ms. McCormack
  • Ms. Russell Kennedy
  • Ms. Maria Kelly
  • Ms. Andrea Kelly
  • Mr. McLoughlin

Occupational Health Service for Teachers
Staff are advised that the DES has put in place procedures for managing health and welfare issues for teachers. Details can be viewed by reference to the website and following the appropriate links.
The Employment Assistance Service is now part of the procedures.
Telephone: 1800 411 057

Fire Drill/ Emergency Evacuation Procedures
All staff and students are requested to familiarise themselves with school fire drill exit and assembly points. The assembly point is on the Netball Courts at the back of St. Margaret’s Building. The white signs on the courts indicate where students from each room should assemble.

Class Tutors &Teachers should familiarise themselves with the Fire Exit Notices in each classroom, office, staffroom, etc and point these out to students.

  • Remember – leave the classroom with your class group or from the staffroom/office/laboratory/toilet as quickly as possible, through the designated EXIT route for your room.
  • Students should walk in a single line and in silence.
  • Count the pupils as they are leaving the room.
  • Everyone should proceed to their assembly point without delay.
  • Class Captains &Subject teachers should check their students at the assembly point and report any missing students to the deputy principal/principal.
  • Do not re-enter the building for any reason until the all clear has been given.

Medical Assistance
Limited medical help is available from the staff room/deputy principal’s office/principal’s office. In the event of a medical emergency contact the secretary who will contact the emergency services immediately and report the incident to the teacher on duty and the principal/deputy principal. In the case of minor accidents contact a first aid officer.
Do not administer any prescription medicines to students (designated personnel will intervene in the case of diabetic students who, on parents request, keep an emergency insulin supply in the school).

Parents are contacted by the year head/deputy principal/principal in the event of an accident or by the secretary at their request.