Health and safety system for schools and ECE services

Health and safety information to help your school or ECE service meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. ECE services must also continue to meet current licensing or certification criteria, in addition to all relevant legislation.

Use these 11 key components of an effective health and safety system to review your own health and safety systems and ensure you are meeting the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

11 key components of an effective health and safety system

1. Leadership2. Worker participation3. Health and safety practice framework resources4. Risk identification, assessment and management
Set the direction of health and safety management in your workplace. Effective formal and informal worker participation practices eg Health and Safety Reps and committees. Health and safety in your workplace. Mandatory requirements, guidance, tools and resources.. Identifying hazards in the workplace and managing the associated risks.
5. Workplace management6. Equipment7. Injury and illness management8. Injury and illness support and rehabilitation
Leading by example, property maintenance, inducting visitors to the workplace and emergency plans. Provision of appropriate equipment for all work environments staff may encounter and equipment that may be used. Notifiable injuries, reporting, recording and investigating incidents/accidents. Structured systems to support the safe and early return to work of injured staff and workers.
9. Health and wellbeing programmes10. Professional development11. Monitoring, reporting and assurance12. Further information
Proactive approach to ensuring that staff, volunteers and workers can actively manage their own health and wellbeing. Information to help to empower staff and leaders to implement effective health and safety practices through Professional Development. Promote a commitment to continuously improving health and safety performance. What is a monitoring and reporting system.

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