Principle and statement of intent
This policy has been formed following the guidelines and principles in the:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)
Bumbles Day Care aims to ensure that all our environments, activities, trips and outings, materials and equipment are safe for the children. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that any hazards associated with these are identified and removed or minimised to an acceptable level of risk.
We appreciate that children and young people need some level of risk in their activities, trips and outings in order to ensure that they continue to develop, but these risks are assessed to ensure that any risks are appropriate to individual ages and stages of development.
Who is Responsible?
It is the responsibility of the Management Team, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure that risks to staff, parents and children are minimised or eliminated whenever possible. It is the responsibility of the Manager to ensure that risk assessments are completed for all environments, activities, trips and outings etc, as appropriate.
All members of our team are responsible for completing Risk Assessment documentation.
Risk assessments must be carried out on all existing and new activities that take place in Bumbles Day Care. It is identified that some activities with a low level of risk will not be assessed for risk on every occasion; however, these risk assessments will be reviewed on a monthly basis and signed by the member of staff reviewing the risk assessment to ensure that it is still valid.
Risk Assessments are carried out in order to turn identified hazards into risks that are acceptable for our children. Risk assessments commonly look at the activity that is planned; identify hazards associated with the activity and come up with strategies to reduce the hazard to an acceptable risk.
Hazards are identified as something that will cause harm to one or more people if controls are not put in place to minimise their impact.
Risks are identified as something that may cause harm to one or more persons depending on what controls are put in place.
When performing a risk assessment the member of staff looks at the following elements:
- The Activity
- The Hazard (the hazards identified from the activities and the frequency of injury if no control measures are put in place.)
- Outcome and potential severity (what is the worst that can happen and to how many people?)
- Risk reduction and control (what measures will you put into place to reduce the hazard?)
- Evaluation (what is the frequency of injury occurring now that control measures have been put into place and what is the worst that can happen and to how many people now that control measures have been put into place?)