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Our policy is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for ourself and all our staff and pupils and to provide such information, training and supervision as they need for this purpose. I / We also accept responsibility for the health and safety of other people who may be affected by my or our activities.
Where reasonably practicable, this policy will seek to provide and encourage:
The policy will be kept up to date, particularly as I or our organisation change in nature and size to ensure our responsibilities are met in relation to:
To ensure this, the policy and the way in which it has operated will be reviewed annually.
It is the responsibility of all staff to help maintain the safety and security of the pupils and the working and dancing environment. This includes being aware of the risks, knowing the appropriate action to take and identifying any potential safety issues.
Each member of the teaching staff within the organisation has a duty to exercise care and attention with regard to their own safety and that of their pupils. Under this responsibility, each teacher shall:
All accidents are to be reported to the Principal or, if appropriate, designated Health and Safety Officer and recorded in the accident book.
Unless there is good reason, First Aid should not be administered without the permission of the child’s parent or accompanying adult. A child cannot give consent. If the parent is not at the premises, obtain their phone number and try and make contact. However, if a child is alone and seriously injured or unconscious, the situation will need to be dealt with immediately.
If at all possible, treatment should only be given by a trained First Aider.
Provided this does not in itself put the child at risk, always try to administer First Aid with another adult present. Always tell the child exactly what you are doing and why. Unless it is irrelevant, ask the child if they use medication (e.g. for asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy) or have any allergies. Some children have allergic reactions to stings.
For minor injuries, you may not offer any medication, including antiseptics or pills of any kind. If you have any doubts about helping someone to use their own medication, phone National Health Service Direct on 0845 4647 or the emergency services.
Any treatment should be as little as necessary without threatening the child’s wellbeing.
If a child comes to you for comfort because of a minor accident or fright, it is acceptable with the Code of Behaviour to hold their hand or put your arm around them. Just ensure:
If a child needs a doctor or hospital, call the emergency services. It is nearly always best to stay with them and wait for the ambulance. You should only take the risk of bringing in the child yourself if the emergency services ask you to do so because of exceptional circumstances.
Correct storage of equipment is vital in the role of minimising risks. Any equipment not being used is a potential risk. Every piece of equipment that is being used must be checked at the beginning of the dance lesson to ensure its safety. In addition, care must be taken to:
Checks to be made before pupils enter the studio:
Our organisation operate a no smoking policy on its premises.
All staff will be advised of the fire action procedure, location of fire alarms and fire exits at their induction.
Fire evacuation drills are arranged by the Principal, or where appropriate, the Health & Safety Officer, practiced at least annually and records maintained by the Principal or Health and Safety Officer of the evacuation time.
Fire alarm points have a regular operational check, ensuring each point is operated in turn over an annual period.
The Principal or Health and Safety Officer, or in her absence a member of staff, will complete a roll call and liaise with Fire Service personnel.
You are responsible for yourself and the pupils in your class.
Anyone wishing to enter the premises must be escorted by a member of staff.
Any unidentified person seen on the premises must be reported to the Principal / Manager or office staff immediately.