NUMBER 3 MAY 2000 ACCESS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE TO SCHOOL BUILDINGS The DfEE has recently issued Building Bulletin 91 which will be of interest to governing bodies and headteachers in looking at the accessibility to their buildings by people with mobility impairment. The Document includes illustrated pro-forma documents that can be used to address such issues as: approach and car parking; routes and external level change, including ramps and steps; entrances, including reception; horizontal movement and activities; lavatories; means of escape; fixtures and fittings; information and controls; doors; vertical movement and internal level change etc. The Document is available from the Stationery Office, The Publications Centre, PO Box 276, London SW8 5DT; priced at £14.95 ISBN 0 11 271062 X. FIRE SERVICE ANNUAL INSPECTIONS OF SCHOOLS Readers will recall in the last issue of Health & Safety News that the Essex Fire & Rescue Service would be ceasing its annual inspections. Due to delays at national level, the proposed changes have been delayed. Therefore, schools may still be visited by a fire officer from their local station until the new system is finalised. When the changes take place it is proposed that: the annual inspections by local fire officers will cease; that schools will be visited by a specialist fire prevention officer every 5 years (who will look at the school‟s fire risk assessment and provide advice); fire officers from the local station will visit the school to promote fire safety to pupils and familiarise themselves with the school‟s layout. HEALTH & SAFETY DOCUMENTATION DISTRIBUTED THIS TERM Code of Practice No.28 „Safe Practice on Educational, Adventurous and Recreational Visits‟ has been revised and re-issued to establishments. The Code has been significantly expanded and now also includes a range of risk assessment forms to suit different types of visit and completed examples. The Managing Asbestos Code for voluntary-aided & foundation schools has been distributed. A programme of the courses available from the Health & Safety Services Team has been sent to all schools. The programme includes course outlines, prices, venues and booking details. HOW & WHY? (COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS) QUESTION: What do we need to write on the new Health & Safety Law Poster? There are three sections of the poster to be completed: health and safety consultation and representation at the workplace; management of health & Safety; addresses of local HSE & EMAS Offices. The first section should contain the names of any trade union safety representatives at the establishment and/or any representatives of employee safety. Where an establishment does not have either of these, the boxes may be left blank or details of how local consultation takes place may be entered (e.g. via staff meetings of teaching and non-teaching staff). The second section should contain the name and responsibilities of someone within the establishment who is responsible for health and safety. Usually in schools this will be the headteacher or health & safety co-ordinator. The address for both the HSE and EMAS is 39 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0HL Tel: 01245 706200. Please note the Learning Services Health & Safety Team and the County Health & Safety Unit are not part of the HSE, but part of the County Council. HSE ISSUSES NEW GUIDANCE ON WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS The Health and Safety Executive has recently published “Managing health and safety on Work Experience – A guide for organisers”. Its aim is to promote good practice in assessing health and safety arrangements when making decisions about the suitability of work experience placements. It sets out the responsibilities for health and safety of those arranging placements and outlines the role of placement organisers and the issues they should consider to ensure that placements provide a healthy and safe environment for students. The Guide can be ordered through HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA. Priced at £6.50 ISBN 0 71 7617424.