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Health and safety for schools

With the aim of protecting the health, safety and welfare of our employees, pupils and visitors, Southampton City Council requires each school to develop, implement and maintain an effective health and safety management system. A manual has been designed specifically to help head teachers and their management teams achieve this aim by providing clear and straightforward information tailored to reflect the school setting.

Good health and safety management supports the delivery of high educational standards and should be integrated into everything we do; however, although it is necessary to demonstrate legal compliance by being able to provide evidence, health and safety should not become an administrative burden. On that premise, the manual's general approach is a pragmatic one. With safety advice notes to aid good management practice, and guidance in the form of model health and safety procedures and example risk assessments that can be customised to suit your school, this evolving information source will help you secure compliance and meet our joint key objective – safe and healthy schools in the city.

Report an Incident

The council has a legal responsibility to protect the health, safety and well being of all its employees, pupils and visitors. In order to fulfil this responsibility and comply with legislation SCC must ensure that all accidents and incidents are reported, recorded and investigated.

The Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) has been developed to make this process more efficient and less of an administrative burden.

Reporting

Please follow the links below to open the online forms and report an accident or incident:

Reviewing

Head Teachers need to log into the HSMS system using their personal accounts to review accidents and incidents and take actions as requested by CHSS.

If you have forgotten your log in details or have any other problems logging in please contact the Corporate Health and Safety Service at health.and.safety@southampton.gov.uk

 

Health and safety handbook for head teachers and governors

This handbook has been developed to assist head teachers and governors to understand their health and safety responsibilities and is a mandatory pre-read to the head teachers' health and safety courses.

Download the Health and safety handbook for head teachers and governors (488kb).

Physical Intervention Guidelines for Schools

The guidance in this document is part of Local Authority good practice guidelines on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and offers advice to schools in the development of policies for physical intervention.

Download the Physical Intervention Guidelines for Schools October 2011 (512kb).

Disclaimer

Every effort is made to ensure that the information provided on Southampton City Council’s websites and online services is accurate and up to date, no legal responsibility is accepted for any errors, omissions or misleading statements. Southampton City Council will not be held liable for any loss, of any kind whatsoever as a result of the use of contents. None of the information contained is intended to be legal advice on Health and Safety, if you are unsure of your legal rights in connection with any Health and Safety matters you should obtain independent advice from a competent person.

Links: Southampton City Council is not responsible for, and cannot guarantee the accuracy of, information on sites that it does not manage; nor should the inclusion of a hyperlink be taken in itself to mean endorsement by Southampton City Council, the site Owner, or any specific content to which it points.

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Further Information: Information about the business of Southampton City Council is regularly made available through official publications, press releases and publicity.

Quick start guide for headteachers and business managers

The quick start guide has been developed to assist head teachers and business managers to understand their duties at a glance. It also points the readers to further supporting information and indicates what training is available to support them.

Download the Quick start guide for head teachers (102kb).

Download the Quick start guide for business managers (177kb).

School Self Audit

All Head Teachers in the authority are responsible for ensuring H&S is effectively managed within their schools. By completing this self audit they are meeting their responsibilities.

Head Teachers are required to complete the self audits annually for their school and to review their actions.

Download the school self audit tool (1185kb).

Advice manual

The School Health and Safety Advice Manual has been designed specifically to help head teachers and their management teams achieve this aim by providing clear and straightforward information tailored to reflect the school setting.

Go to the advice manual.

Downloadable documents

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Word document Physical Intervention Guidelines for Schools October 2011 511 KB 2secs @ 2Mbps
Word document Handbook for head teachers and governors 488 KB 1secs @ 2Mbps
Word document Quick start for head teachers 102 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
Word document Quick start guide for business managers 177 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
Excel spreadsheet School Self Audit Tool 1185 KB 4secs @ 2Mbps

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