Health and Safety Policy

 

The College will take all reasonable measures to ensure the safety, health and welfare at work and study of all persons in fulfilment of its moral, legal and economic responsibilities. It is the duty of management to provide the right circumstances under which work and study may be carried out safely.  However, all people coming to College for work or study must be aware that they also have a legal duty, not only to work in a safe manner, but also to co-operate in efforts made to create safe working conditions. Set out in this Policy are details of the chain of safety responsibilities throughout the College.  The Safe Working Procedures for carrying out the Policy are held in the College Manager’s office. Where necessary specific training will be given to staff members on how to recognise and guard against foreseeable hazards and how to meet the responsibilities placed on them. The College has a good Health and Safety record.  The co-operation of everybody is necessary in order that standards may be maintained or improved wherever possible.  

Overall and final responsibility for health and safety is that of: College Principal

Day-to-day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice is delegated to: College Manager

Statement of general policy Responsibility of Action / Arrangements
To prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health and provide adequate control of health and safety risks arising from work activities Principal Day to day responsibility delegated to College Manager
To provide adequate training to ensure staff members are competent to do their work Principal Day to day responsibility delegated to College Manager
To engage and consult with staff members on day-to-day health and safety conditions and provide advice and supervision on occupational health Principal Day to day responsibility delegated to College Manager
To implement emergency procedures - evacuation in case of fire or other significant incident. Principal Day to day responsibility delegated to College Manager
To maintain safe and healthy working conditions, provide and maintain plant, equipment and machinery, and ensure safe storage / use of substances Principal Day to day responsibility delegated to College Manager

 

Health and safety law poster is displayed: Clinic reception

First-aid box and accident book are located:

 

Accidents and ill health at work reported under RIDDOR: (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) (see note 2 below)

Clinic reception. First Aid boxes also located on first floor and second floor (behind the door to the secondary corridor) and basement (opposite the kitchen door)

Via www.hse.gov.uk web site

 

Note 1: http://www.communities.gov.uk/fire/firesafety/firesafetylaw/

Note 2: www.hse.gov.uk/riddor  

Additional Individual Responsibilities

Principal

1. Responsible for overseeing any Resource Committee meetings and providing or allocating funds in order to be able to provide:

                    a. A safe working environment.

                     b. Safe equipment.

                     c. Welfare facilities.

                    d. Training and instruction for those persons within the College/Clinic having duties for health, safety and welfare.

2. Ensure that all clinical staff are aware of, and follow, all professional safe codes of practice that are in place.

3. Generally, set an example and adopt a safe and conscientious attitude towards the welfare of others.

College Manager

1. Manage the implementation of the College’s policy on health, safety and welfare.

2. Work in conjunction with the Principal in the day-to-day running of Health and Safety procedures.

3. Chair the Health and Safety Committee

4. Maintain a current IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) Managing Safely Qualification.

5. Conduct regular reviews of the continuous development of the College’s health and safety policy and procedures.

6. Ensure that all professional codes of practice are adhered to in the clinics and College.

7. Ensure that all accidents/incidents are recorded in the Accident Book and that such incidents are investigated promptly.

8. Set an example and adopt a safe and conscientious attitude towards the health, safety and welfare of others.

9. Ensure that all staff and students receive Health and Safety induction training.

10. Ensure that risk assessments are undertaken and that action required is implemented and has reduced/removed the risks.

11. Ensure that all electrical equipment is safe and regularly tested and/or inspected.

12. Maintain staff training records and monitoring staff sickness records.

Course Directors

1. Be aware of the College’s Health and Safety Policy and the responsibilities placed upon them by the Policy.

2. Identify any student training requirements and liaising with the College Manager to ensure that arrangements are made for any development training for teaching staff.

3. Assist in the delivery of induction training to students.

4. Ensure that all Year Leaders, Stream or Module Leaders and Tutors are fully aware of their individual responsibilities in the event of any emergencies.

5. Collate reports on any general or equipment defects, and any unsafe practices.  They are then to ensure that these are, in turn, reported to the College Manager.

6. Set an example and adopt a safe and conscientious attitude towards the health, safety and welfare of themselves and others.

Facilities Manager

1. Be aware of the College’s Health and Safety Policy and the responsibilities placed upon them by the Policy.

2. Develop implement and evaluate annual maintenance planning cycles.

3. Manage and evaluate physical resources and facilities of the College.

4. Set an example and adopt a safe and conscientious attitude towards the health, safety and welfare of themselves and others.

5. Collate reports on any general or equipment defects, and any unsafe practices.  They are then to ensure that these are, in turn, reported to the College Manager.

6. Ensure that any incidents or accidents in clinic are recorded in the Accident Book, including bruising of needled points and faintness, nausea or fatigue as a result of treatment that lasts for more than a few minutes or necessitates early removal of needles.

Clinic Supervisors

1. Be aware of the College’s Health and Safety Policy and the responsibilities placed upon them by the Policy.

2. Observe any safe practice procedures and applicable professional codes of practice set by accrediting professional bodies or authorities.

3. Ensure treatment rooms are fit for purpose.

4. Maintain safe storage and disposal of stock and equipment according to procedures set by the relevant accrediting professional body or authority.

5. Assist in the evacuation of patients or clients and students in the event of an emergency.

6. Ensure that any Personal Protective Equipment is used/worn in the correct manner.

7. Set an example and adopt a safe and conscientious attitude towards the health, safety and welfare of themselves and others.

Tutors and Teaching Staff

1. Be aware of the College’s Health and Safety Policy and the responsibilities placed upon them by the Policy.

2. Take the attendance register at the beginning of their teaching session

3. Take the fire roll call for all students present in their class in the event of an evacuation of the building.

4. Ensure that any Personal Protective Equipment is used/worn in the correct manner.

5. Ensure safe clinical practices are followed are followed when clinical procedures are conducted in a classroom environment.

6. Set an example and adopt a safe and conscientious attitude towards the health, safety and welfare of themselves and others.

Reception Staff

1. Be aware of the College’s Health and Safety Policy and the responsibilities placed upon them by the Policy.

2. Ensure the Staff and visitors’ log is maintained and kept up to date.

3. Inform the College Manager of any new incidents/accidents reported.

4. Assist in the regular review of fire prevention and first aid equipment and emergency lighting.

5. Assist in the safe evacuation and taking of the roll call in the event of an emergency evacuation of the College.

6. Set an example and adopt a safe and conscientious attitude towards the health, safety and welfare of themselves and others.

Other staff

1. Be aware of the College’s Health and Safety Policy and the responsibilities placed upon them by the Policy.

2. Be aware of emergency procedures as outlined in the College Handbook.

3. Set an example and adopt a safe and conscientious attitude towards the health, safety and welfare of themselves and others.

Students

1. Act with reasonable care for their own safety and that of others when attending the College in any capacity

2. Be aware of emergency procedures as outlined in the College Handbook.

3. Comply with any relevant professional codes of conduct when involved with clinical sessions.

All staff, students, patients, clients and visitors

1. Act with reasonable care for their own safety and that of others when attending the College in any capacity

2. Comply with any directions given regarding signing in and out or having attendance noted.

3. Comply with any direction given in the event of an emergency.

Raising matters of Health and Safety

Consultation with all staff members, students and visitors is encouraged in aiming to improve our health and safety management.

Individuals can raise matters with their student cohort representative, line manager, or can speak directly to the Principal, College Manager or Facilities manager.

A Health and Safety Committee with student and staff representation meets annually, but matters can be raised at any time.

Although serious injury incidents in Colleges and offices are rare, these environments can still pose hazards to health and safety. Staff working with patients will invariably think primarily of the health and safety of those patients but must always be aware of the risks to themselves and students arising from their work.  The College management will endeavour to reduce risks to the health and safety of staff, students and patients as far as possible but all staff and students have a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others and should therefore speak to the College Manager whenever necessary.

Policy updated: May 2015  Reviewed by Board of Directors Next Review: September 2018