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					      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.

				
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