Health and Safety Policy

Health and Safety Statement.

The Board of Management of St. Colman’s N.S. has prepared this Safety Statement in accordance with the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005. This Safety Statement sets out the Safety Policy of St. Colman’s N.S. and sets out the means to achieve that policy. The objective of the Board is to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees and pupils and to meet our duties to members of the public with whom we come in contact.

The Board undertakes to review this statement in light of experience, legal requirements and operational changes.

All records of accidents or ill-health will be monitored in order to ensure that any safety measures required will be put in place to minimize the recurrence of accidents.

 Signed: Fr Paul Kivlehan

Chairperson, Board of Management.


















Board of Management

Policy Statement on Safety, Health and Welfare at Work.

 The members of the Board of Management of St Colmans N.S. are:

Chairperson:  Fr. Paul Kivlehan.

Secretary:     Dermot Dillon.

Treasurer:      Tim Moriarty.

Other Board Members:  Padraig Phillips, Anne Phillips,  Catherine Drudy, Carmel Finn and Teresa Roddy

Safety Rep on Staff:  Catherine Drudy

Safety Representative  of Board : Anne Phillips

  1. The Board of Management will ensure that, as far as is practicable, the highest standards of safety will prevail. It wishes to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable:
  2. The maintenance of all places in a condition that is safe and without risk to health.
  3. The provision and maintenance of safe means of access to and egress from the school.
  4. The preparation of plans to be followed in emergencies, e.g. fire drill, injuries.
  5. The safety and prevention of risk to health at work in connection with use of any article or substance.
  6. Arrangements for the welfare of employees at work
  7. The updating of the Safety Statement. 

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

     3    The Board of Management will ensure that the provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005 are adhered to.

Duties of Employees

1   It is the duty of every employee

            (a)To take reasonable care of 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 as will enable his/her employer or any other person to comply with any of the relevant statutory provisions.

            © To use any protective clothing or equipment provided for his/her safety, health and welfare while at work

            (d) To report to the Board of Management any defects in plant, equipment, or place of work that might endanger safety, health and welfare.

            (e) Employees will ensure that work practices are carried out in the safest manner possible.

Entitlements of safety representative (Section 25 Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act, 2005)

The safety representative has the right to:

  • Represent the employees at the place of work in consultation with the employer on matters in relation to health and safety
  • Inspect the place of work on a schedule agreed with the employer or immediately in the event of an accident, dangerous occurrence or imminent danger or risk to the safety, health and welfare of any person
  • Receive appropriate training
  • Investigate accidents and dangerous occurrences
  • Investigate complaints made by employees
  • Accompany an inspector carrying out an inspection at the workplace
  • Make representations to the employer on matters relating to safety, health and welfare
  • Make representations to and receive information from, an inspector
  • Consult and liaise with other safety representatives in the same undertaking.

Risk Assessment

Each year, the Board of Management should carry out a risk assessment, identifying hazards, assessing the risks and specifying the actions required to eliminate or minimize them. This inspection/safety audit should be carried out more frequently if requested by either staff or the Board of Management. Hazards may include physical, health, biological, chemical and human hazards.  (see appendix)

Fire:  It is the policy of the Board of Management of St Colman’s N.S. that

  • There is an adequate supply of fire extinguishers which will deal with any type of fire.
  • All fire equipment is identified and regularly serviced.
  • Fire drills take place once every year before Halloween break in the first term.
  • Exit signs will be clearly visible.
  • The designated assembly area is the front wall.
  • No pupil leaves the classroom without teacher’s permission.
  • Each class teacher is responsible for evacuation procedures for his/her class.

The following hazards are considered to be a source of potential danger and are brought to the attention of all

  • Electrical equipment: kettles, projectors, sockets, leads, computers, lights
  • Boiler House
  • Ladders
  • Oil Tank
  • Damp floors
  • Icy surfaces
  • Fuse Board
  • Protruding units and fittings
  • Excess gravel/pebbles on school yard
  • Windows opening out
  • Climbing frames
  • External stores to be locked
  • Cleaning materials and detergents
  • Toilets/Hand dryers
  • Water, drinking and non-drinking clearly indicated
  • Projectors/Computers/ copiers
  • Spillages
  • Ice in the yard and on the steps

To minimize these dangers the following safety measures are to be adhered to:                                                                                                                                           

  1. Electrical appliances and kitchen equipment are to be used only by competent persons.
  2. All equipment and machinery be kept in good condition.
  3. All floor areas to be maintained in good condition.
  4. PE equipment is stored securely and not positioned in such a way as to be a hazard.
  5. PE equipment to be kept in good condition.
  6. All play areas will be kept in a safe condition.
  7. Avoid use of glass where possible. Broken glass to be removed immediately on discovery.
  8. All guttering, drainpipes, roofs and manhole covers, as far as can be seen, to be maintained in good condition.
  9. Refuse to be kept in large bins and collected on a regular basis.

Constant Hazards.

  1. Machinery, Kitchen Equipment and Electrical Appliances.

It is the policy of St Colman’s N.S. that machinery, kitchen equipment and electrical appliances are to be used only by competent and authorised persons. Such equipment to be maintained in good condition.

  1. Chemicals

It is the policy of the Board of Management of St Colman’s N.S. that all chemicals and detergents be kept in identifiable containers and be kept in a locked room. Suitable protection will be provided to be used when handling them. A warning sign will be displayed on the door of the storage room. Data sheets, providing data on the products used for cleaning will also be displayed.

  1. Drugs and Medication

It is the policy of the Board of Management of St. Colman’s N.S. that all drugs, medications etc. be kept in a secure place and only be used by authorised personnel. See also school policy on the administration of medication.

  1. Floors.

It is the policy of the Board of Management of St Colman’s N.S. that the cleaning and washing of floors will take place outside of school hours to eliminate, as far as is reasonably practicable, slippery surfaces.

  1. Smoking

It is the policy of the Board of Management of St Colman’s N.S that the school is a non-smoking area.

  1. Broken Glass

The Board of Management will minimise the danger arising from broken glass. Staff  is asked to report broken glass to the Principal so that it may be removed immediately removed.

  1. First Aid

The Board of Management will maintain in the school a properly equipped First Aid Box which will contain:

  • Sticking plasters – Band-aid.
  • Savlon cream.
  • Cotton bandages
  • Cream for First Aid treatment of Burns, eg Burneze
  • Savlon Antiseptic wipes
  • Scissors

A letter will be sent to parents re allergies to all above products.

In the event of a child becoming sick in school the parent/guardian will be notified and asked to collect the child from school.

All accidents, major or minor, will be reported to the principal or other teacher. A member of staff using the first aid box will deal with accidents of a minor nature. In the event of a serious accident the child’s parent/guardian will be notified and a doctor/ambulance will be called. Accidents where the parents have been informed will be noted in the Accident Report Book.

A report must be made to the HSA in respect of the following types of incident: (

    • An accident causing loss of life to any employed or self-employed person if sustained in the course of their employment
    • An accident sustained in the course of their employment which prevents any employed or self-employed person from performing the normal duties of their employment for more than 3 calendar days not including the date of the accident
    • An accident to any person not at work caused by a work activity which causes loss of life or requires medical treatment

In the event of serious accident.

Emergency numbers are displayed in staff room and school office.

Under S.P.H.E. Programme children are taught how to react in an emergency and what to do.

Evacuation procedures are outlined in this policy.

Please refer to Critical Incident Policy.

Other Issues.

When a teacher is absent and there is no substitute employed the pupils will be taken to the other teacher’s classroom and supervised by that teacher.

When people are working on the premises they will wear suitable protective clothing and headgear. When such work is taking place which constitutes a threat to health and safety the school will be closed or the work will take place outside of school hours.

All other policies, such as Code of Behaviour and Discipline, Administration of Medicines, Enrolment Policy, supervision etc. that are concerned with Health and Safety form part of the school policy on Health and Safety.

 Revision of this Safety Statement.

This statement will be reviewed on a yearly basis.

It will also be reviewed and revised in the light of experience and the requirements of The Health and Safety Act.

This policy was reviewed and amended 3rd Feb 2010 as part of an overall review of school policies facilitated by P.P.D.S. advisor Karen Devine and has been reviewed each year since.

Signed on behalf of the Board of Management:


Chairperson:Fr. Paul Kivlehan


Date: 2nd March 2017.

One Response to Health and Safety Policy

  1. Mr Dillon says:

    This policy is currently being reviewed if you would like to contribute something to the policy you can contact the school or leave a comment.

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