Health and safety policy

We at Abacus Childcare Settings ensure that we provide a safe and healthy environment for all our employees, the children in our care and any other visitors to the premises.

The manager of the setting is responsible for all Health and Safety matters unless a designated and trained representative is allocated.

The Manager or Health and Safety Representative is responsible for the following:

  • Provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities
  • Consultation with our employees on matters affecting health and safety
  • Ensuring safe handling and use of substances, under COSHH
  • Providing information, instruction and supervision for employees in all health and safety matters
  • Ensuring that all employees are competent to do their tasks, and give them adequate training
  • Preventing accidents and cases of work related ill health, as is reasonably possible, by doing risk assessments
  • Maintaining safe and healthy working conditions
  • Reviewing and revising policies and procedures as necessary and at least annually
  • Keeping staff informed of any changes to Health and Safety legislation, policies or procedures
  • To keep all parents/carer’s aware of all health and safety matters in the setting
  • Ensuring all emergencies or other health and safety procedures are recorded, reviewed and updated on a regular basis
  • That adequate first aid facilities are always available
  • Ensuring the workplace has adequate ventilation, lighting, washing facilities, rest facilities and is kept at an adequate temperature
  • All equipment provided is properly maintained and all electrical equipment is checked by a qualified electrician on a yearly basis
  • Ensuring protective clothing or equipment is always available and adequate for the task
  • The building has all relevant safety signs up and maintained
  • Keeping an up to date record of any accidents or incidents which happen on the premises
  • Any diseases, dangerous occurrences or certain injuries are reported to the relevant authorities
  • Ensuring that any accident / incident form completed by staff has been done so correctly and file in individual files

All employees’ need to:

  • Co-operate with the manager on all health and safety matters
  • Not interfere with anything that is provided to safeguard their health and safety
  • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety
  • Ensure adequate steps are taken to safeguard the children in their care at all times
  • Report all health and safety concerns to the appropriate person
  • Complete accident/incident records sheet whenever necessary, following the correct procedure
  • Use any work items as they were intended, follow any instructions or training provided

RISK ASSESSMENTS

Risk assessments will be undertaken by the appropriate health and safety representative and all findings will be reported to the manager. The necessary action required to remove/ control the risks will be discussed by the manager and health and safety officer and then carried out as appropriate. The health and safety officer is responsible for checking that the actions have been carried out and that the risks have either been removed or reduced.

Risk assessments will be carried out regularly, as needed and updated as a minimum annually, and will cover all aspects of the business.

Risk assessment awareness forms part of our staff induction programme and all staff will carry out appropriate risk assessments as this forms part of their job description.