SECTOR H&S EXPERTISE THAT PUTS YOU A STEP AHEAD

As former environmental health practitioners, Southalls consultants know what it takes to remain on the right side of school health and safety regulations and maintain consistent compliance across a range of environments – from pre-schools and primaries to universities. We’ll help you shape a school health and safety policy that encourages exploration and discovery, while safeguarding against risk, accidents and civil claims. 

Meanwhile, our Safety Cloud health and safety software simplifies every element of H&S management – any time, from any device. 

Your students can only thrive in a safe environment. A tailored, comprehensive health and safety plan keeps your school community protected while allowing them to push the boundaries of learning.

This e-guide helps you create a workable health and safety policy for schools, sets out your top five risk areas and provides practical solutions to ensure the wellbeing of pupils, staff, parents and visitors. One of them may surprise you.

SCHOOL HEALTH AND SAFETY SUPPORT

  • Initial school health and safety audit 
  • Bespoke staff health and safety handbooks
  • Six-monthly safety audits and online reports 
  • Competent person role (required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations)
  • Tailored school health and safety policy and risk assessments, built around key safety hazards within the education sector 
  • Assistance with accident investigations, including reporting under RIDDOR
  • Liaison with the HSE, conducted by our own ex-enforcement officers  
  • Safety Cloud – flexible, web-based health and safety software 
  • Access to a wide range of e-learning training courses, covering essential school health and safety topics 
  • Free telephone advice from our sector experts 

Since 2015, Southalls’ proven education sector expertise has helped Solihull School meet exacting school health and safety standards while fuelling the passions of their ambitious, adventurous pupils. The leading independent prides itself on a bold blend of classroom and co-curricular opportunities – from rock climbing and rugby to musical theatre and remote expeditions – and trusted Southalls to ramp up risk prevention without reining in the thrill of learning.

Don't Let Safety Hazards Ruin Your Business

Meet with one of our health and safety experts to discuss what’s working with your current approach – and how best practice could transform its effectiveness.

We’ll talk you through:

- Risk areas that could result in financial penalties

Key regulations that impact your sector

- Practical, cost-effective strategies to tackle your top safety priorities  

Booking is simple and set around your schedule. Click below to arrange a short, no-strings session with a Southalls specialist.  

Regular, proactive compliance checks across all areas of school life play an important role in ensuring the safety of your pupils, employees and visitors. 

Our free checklist helps you routinely assess key risk areas and strengthen your overall school health and safety policy.

ADDITIONAL SCHOOL HEALTH AND SAFETY SERVICES

  • RADIATION PROTECTION OFFICER (RPO) SERVICES

As a member of the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS), Southalls can act as a radiation protection officer (RPO) for our school clients. 

As your RPO, we work closely with key members of your science department, providing an expert link between your school and CLEAPSS’ Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) service. This involves: 

- Auditing school procedures to ensure the safe storage and use of radioactive materials

- Collecting and logging accurate, current data about radioactive sources on your site 

- Liaising with CLEAPSS and the school RPA where required, for example in relation to the disposal of dangerous substances 

- Providing ongoing monitoring to maintain safety standards 

Through your Southalls RPO, the RPA will provide recommendations on managing and handling the radioactive materials you hold onsite. We’ll help you interpret and action their instructions, then provide follow-up support to make sure storage, data recording and usage practices remain compliant with published CLEAPSS guidance. 

In the event of any queries around radiation, we’ll also liaise with CLEAPSS on your behalf to ensure your school receives swift, accurate advice. 

  • Workplace noise assessments

Exposure to high levels of noise can give rise to tinnitus and even permanent hearing loss if left unchecked. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) place an obligation on employers to perform a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk to employees, and to reduce the risk to as low as is reasonably practicable. Our experienced consultants use the latest technology to accurately measure the level of noise present in your school through both personal dose monitoring and static area measurements. 

Generating a ‘workplace noise assessment’, we then advise which areas or processes are creating the greatest risk to your employees and practical ways to reduce the noise levels.

 

  •  Asbestos Surveys

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 require employers to assess and manage the risk of exposure to asbestos. In reality, this means ensuring you know firstly if your building contains any asbestos and secondly managing potential exposure. Failure to adequately manage the risks associated with asbestos often leads to heavy prosecution fines.

How do we help you?

We undertake a survey (called a management survey) to establish the facts. This will involve sampling any materials suspected to contain asbestos and results can be obtained same day if required. The next step is pulling together all of the data to compile a survey, which will include a site plan with asbestos register. Taking this a step further than other providers, we then work with you to produce a management plan to ensure you fully comply with regulations.

What about refurbishment or demolition?

If refurbishment or demolition is to be conducted, the area must be subject to a refurbishment and demolition survey. With an established track record of health and safety within schools, we can often undertake this at short notice and rapidly turn around the required samples.

 

  • Workplace DSE Assessments

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations require an analysis of staff workstations to assess and reduce risk. Workstations must meet specified minimum standards. If a worker is suffering pain from poor workstation postural habits, injury or ill health, disability or return to work from a long absence, a workstation assessment is strongly recommended as part of your school health and safety programme.

Our ergonomic assessors can conduct a seating analysis and workstation overview (typically known as a DSE assessment) for all office and school environments. Typically 30 minutes per individual with the worker at their workstation, these involve a case history, health and safety checklist, task analysis, postural analysis, environmental analysis, workstation adjustments, advice and completed display screen equipment risk assessment to ensure you are fully compliant with regulations.

 

  • Training

We offer IOSH-approved Health and Safety training (IOSH Managing Safely and IOSH Working Safely), First Aid at Work training and HABC Level 2 and Level 3 Food Hygiene accredited training courses.

To cover all key hazards associated with school health and safety, we also offer tailor-made courses to suit you, including manual handling, working at height, asbestos awareness and fire warden training. 

Courses can be held on your site or at a local training facility.

E-learning training is available via Safety Cloud and consists of a full range of topics focusing on school safety priorities. Our e-learning platform can also offer bespoke client-specific training unique to your organisation.

  • Fire Risk Assessment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes business owners, and those responsible for business and school premises, ultimately accountable for conducting a fire risk assessment and making safe their places of work. As part of routine school safety measures, you need to appoint a ‘competent person’ to help if you don’t have the expertise or time to do the fire risk assessment yourself. Our consultants are qualified and experienced in conducting fire risk assessments across a variety of industries.

In brief, this process includes an assessment of:

- emergency routes and exits.

-fire detection and warning systems.

-fire fighting equipment.

-safe storage of dangerous substances.

-an emergency fire evacuation plan.

-the needs of vulnerable people, eg the elderly, young children or those with disabilities.

-providing information to employees and other people on the premises.

-staff fire safety training.

A fire risk assessment document and emergency plan will be produced ensuring you fully comply with The Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005.

 

  • DSEAR Risk assessments

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) require employers to control the risks to safety from fire, explosions and substances corrosive to metals. A particular barrier to health and safety within schools, ‘dangerous substances’ can be found in nearly all workplaces and include such things as solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), dusts from machining and sanding operations, dusts from foodstuffs, pressurised gases and substances corrosive to metal.

Southalls will conduct a risk assessment to establish which dangerous substances are present and what hazards they present. We will then identify and classify areas of the workplace where explosive atmospheres may occur and what control measures are needed to remove or control the risk. 

We also provide training for staff to ensure employees are properly informed about and trained to control or deal with the risks from dangerous substances in the context of school safety. 

 

  • Legionella Risk Assessment

Legionella causes Legionnaires’ Disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. Failure to properly manage your water systems may expose your staff or customers to this risk.

As an employer or person in control of premises you need to assess, prevent and control any risks of exposure to Legionella arising from your water systems. Compliant to the L8 approved code of practice, we will identify and assess the source of any risk of Legionella and produce a practical action plan to control the risk and strengthen your safety procedures.

BUILDING SAFER SCHOOLS

Teaching and support staff in schools require training and development in line with other professional sectors, however releasing staff for training is an immense problem. Southall provide effective H&S e-learning training at this level on their cloud facility, which has had a huge impact at Alderbrook School. All of our H&S procedures, policies, risk assessments, meeting minutes and training are recorded on the cloud which staff can access using a simple log on. H&S auditing, detailed reporting and support are just a few of the important services offered by the Southall team and they continue to develop our cloud, in response to our regular consultations and provide excellent advice.

Alderbrook School, Solihull

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