The governing body is responsible for determining and formulating a Fire Safety Policy that through the implementation of laid down procedures will ensure:
The Fire Safety Policy should recognise the following basic principles:
The Governing Body believes that:
This Fire Safety Policy details the various ways in which fire safety within the school is to be achieved - through the use of well maintained fire safety equipment, adoption of fire protection and evacuation procedures, proper training and delegation of responsibilities to appropriate personnel, proper monitoring and reporting procedures. These procedures will give guidance on fire prevention the appropriate actions in the event of a fire being reported, and the procedures for safe evacuation of the premises.
4. FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
5.CORRIDORS AND FIRE DOORS
5.1 Fire doors are to be kept closed and not held open with wedges.
5.2 Escape routes are to be unlocked when the premises are in use.
5.5 All exit routes are to be clearly indicated using appropriate signs and symbols.
6. FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
7. EMERGENCY LIGHTING
8. RAISING THE ALARM AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES
10. MONITORING AND MAINTENANCE
BUSHMEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL
VISITORS FIRE NOTICE
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL VISITORS TO MAKE THEMSELVES AWARE OF THE FIRE PROCEDURES AT BUSHMEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL.
THEY ARE DISPLAYED HERE AND THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL
IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE:-
DEALING WITH WINTER GRITTING AND SNOW CLEARANCE
GUIDELINES FOR MANAGERS OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND SCHOOLS
To ensure the safety of staff, visitors and pupils at schools and public buildings, and to satisfy the legal requirements for the provision of a safe working environment, this document is based on best practice and offers guidance to managers of schools and public buildings on a common sense approach to the clearance of snow and ice during periods of bad weather.
Management have a legal duty to take ‘reasonable’ steps to keep their workplaces/premises safe, and
employees have a duty to co-operate with the employer in terms of health and safety.
Within each council controlled premises management need to ensure that there are appropriate arrangements in place to deal with snow and ice. Roles can be broken down as follows:-
1.. Should agree the exact routes and areas of the premises to be cleared; this
information should be communicated to all members of staff regular visitors & parents well in advance of any bad weather. However this guidance note offers suggested clearance routes/criteria for consideration.
Centre Manager / Site Manager / Head teachers
1. Responsible for ensuring (before 1st October each year) that all sites under
their control are fully equipped with appropriate snow clearing and protective
equipment. Adequate stocks of rock salt and sand/grit etc are to be obtained from LBC approved supplier and shall not contain ammonia. COSHH Safety Data Sheet for the product needs to be obtained and adhered to. Consideration should be given to procuring alternative de- icing materials during periods of extreme weather when rock salt will be unavailable for non highway use.
2. Responsible for rearranging staff rosters to ensure snow and ice clearance is carried out and continued if freezing conditions prevail.
3. A formal snow clearance/gritting risk assessment should be carried out in
advance of bad weather, Your risk assessment must include reference to
manual handling issues, personal protective equipment for staff and how the
premises will communicate with staff, parents & visitors the appropriate access
routes to use during bad weather.
Building Supervisors/Caretakers/Other Staff
1. Responsible for the immediate clearance of snow and ice in designated
areas, in line with the premises policy & gritting plan. Where there is no Building
Supervisor/Caretaker/Casual staff employed at the premises Senior Management Team (SMT) may need to nominate another appropriate & suitable member of staff for this task.
2. Responsible for ensuring that equipment provided to clear snow and ice is
adequate for the purpose and maintained in a satisfactory condition, supplies
of rock salt and sand/grit mix should be monitored throughout the winter
period and replenished promptly.
3. Responsible for temporary closing access areas around the premises in line with policy/gritting plan that are not to be cleared or are lower down the
gritting schedule, such areas should be clearly marked (e.g. signage, tape
etc). Records of clearance and access route closures should be kept.
Treatment of Paths
Should be made as clear as possible. A risk assessment should be
undertaken to determine the paths that should be cleared immediately and the
ones that may be left until later (you can use your clearance/gritting plan as part
of your priority assessment by colour coding clearance routes). With this in mind
it may be necessary for some entrances/areas to be temporarily closed, this
could be achieved by taping off areas that continue to be a slip hazard as long as
management have given consideration to the maintenance of emergency escape routes. This information should be communicated to staff & parents as soon as possible
In addition to pathways/agreed access areas, in all cases
access pathways should be cleared from parking spaces provided for the
disabled, adjacent to premises entrances.
Please Note: Whilst it is not appropriate for staff to clear or grit areas
falling outside the premises boundary, e.g. pavements/public footpaths,
roads forming part of the public highway, Staff employed on snow clearance should consider clearing the immediate footway and access points to the premises , if these areas are considered particularly dangerous the centre manager should contact Highways Maintenance Services on 01582 510333.
When to grit/salt
1. Responsible for reporting to the Centre Manager/ Head Teacher any
situation where the recommended action contained within the premises
winter clearance policy/gritting plan has not been carried out.
2. Responsible for safeguarding own and colleagues’ health & safety in bad
weather. Staff should also wear footwear/clothing appropriate to the
Method of Clearance
A pathway of at least one meter wide should be cleared, this will allow suitable access for pedestrians and pushchairs/ wheelchairs. Snow and ice should be completely removed using a suitable snow scraper or shovel, snow and ice should NOT be brushed, or dissolved using hot water, as this will make surfaces more hazardous. Once the path has been cleared rock salt should be used to
assist in providing extra grip. During exceptional periods a mix of rock salt and sharp sand should be used.
Paths should be regularly checked throughout the day to ensure -freezing or further snow coverage has not occurred. Additional care should be taken when clearing sloping pathways and steps, it may be necessary for safety reasons to consider the temporary closure of some non essential areas of the premises (e.g. steep pathways, car parks, etc) to avoid risks to staff, pupils or visitors. An assessment of the situation should be made by site staff in conjunction with the Centre Manager/Head Teacher.
Pathways across car parks may be cleared if resources permit, but generally it is
suggested that attempts are not made to clear car parking areas/spaces themselves, unless snow is so heavy that essential vehicles (e.g. emergency vehicles, delivery lorries etc) are unable to gain access to the site.
All persons clearing snow should be provided with suitable snow scrapers, shovels, rock salt /sharp sand, protective gloves, footwear and clothing (i.e. high visibility vests), staff should take regular breaks from the task.
This note is for guidance and to ensure current best practice is followed. Use in
conjunction with appropriate risk assessments and the premises clearance & gritting plan a suggested draft priority plan attached.
For more information and advice for dealing with ice and snow visit highway maintenance at http://www.luton.gov.uk/internet/Transport_and_streets