Educational Premises Audits
Ensuring safety in educational facilities is of paramount importance to OM Safety Solutions Ltd. Schools, Academies, Colleges, Universities and any other educational institution’s buildings must be inspected to ensure that they comply with all applicable regulations including those that govern fire safety; the provision of a safe working and learning environment and the assessment of risk in relation to the activity of young children and adults.
Although it would initially seem that by their very function, buildings used for educational purposes offer a safe environment for staff and pupils to conduct their daily activities, inspections of previous sites have often identified that major hazards are overlooked and dangerous practices present throughout the premises.
Machine and woodworking workshops, science and technology laboratories, home economics kitchens and art rooms are all areas of education that utilise materials and processes considered to be dangerous in the working environment, even when control measures are installed and task specific training is provided. It is therefore important to ensure that the correct methods and systems to eliminate, reduce, isolate and control risks are documented, implemented and that the appropriate information and instruction is given to staff and pupils alike. This will help preserve their safety, as well as that of visitors, assessors and any other people required to visit the premises.
To ensure that all functions are incorporated into the audit, our expert consultants look at all areas of the premises, including
- All entrances
- Specialist teaching areas – woodworking, art, etc.
- Cleaning rooms
- Car park
- Dormitories or accommodation rooms if they are present
In addition to the areas assessed, our consultants will consider all of the following in each of the individual areas:
- The structure and constructional items
- Decoration in the areas
- Water and drainage systems
- Mechanical services
- Electrical services and associated switchgear
- Furniture, fixtures and fittings
Following on from the audit, a fully comprehensive health and safety management system should be developed for the educational institution and include the following:
- Fully comprehensive risk assessments – specific to educational institutions
- Inspection checklists – including daily, weekly and monthly checklists
- Fire Risk Assessments
- First aid requirements
- Accident reporting procedures
- Plant/tools and equipment files with the associated risk assessments
- Hazardous substances COSHH Assessments and MSDS files
- Asbestos survey reports with monitoring and maintenance procedures if required
- Electrical/gas safety inspection schedule and maintenance requirements
- Security systems and maintenance
- Site specific assessments
We feel that it is important that health and safety inspections also involve staff as well as management, as staff will often be aware of the day-to-day hazards that may be present. Ensuring that staff and management are involved will also give a clear indication as to the commitment of all to health and safety.
With this in mind, as part of our on-going commitment to ensuring safety in educational institutions, we provide training and full on-going support for the implementation of the health and safety management system.
Contact us to find out how we can help your educational premises remain safe and compliant, or to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert consultants.