Electrical & Gas

Gas & Boiler House

  • Gas appliances installed, fitted and maintained by competent persons

  • Gas appliances subjected to an annual gas safety test

  • Gas shut off valve installed and staff aware of its location

  • Only trained persons involved in relighting gas appliances and pilot lights

  • Boiler houses free of combustible materials

Electrical Safety

  • All emergency shut offs clearly identified, accessible and functioning

  • Portable electrical equipment in use with current PAT

  • Power cables safely routed and in good repair (no fraying, damage or exposed wires)

  • Extension reels are fully unwound when in operation

  • The use of extension leads is kept to a minimum, not overloaded and not ‘daisy chained’

Fire, First Aid & Medication

Fire Prevention

  • Fire call points tested weekly (call points numerated with a different call point tested following week) and recorded

  • Termly fire drill conducted and recorded with a suitable & timely evacuation

  • Fire alarm audible in all areas

  • Emergency lighting tested and recorded on a monthly basis

  • Fire exit doors operational and unobstructed

  • Doors with electromagnetic locks release on operation of fire alarm and loss of power

  • Current evacuation notices posted in each classroom and fire action notices adjacent to call points

  • Emergency exits / routes clearly signed and unobstructed

  • Appropriate fire extinguishers in place

  • Boiler room and electrical intakes free of combustible materials

Accidents, First Aid & Medication

  • Accident reports checked and trends identified

  • First aid boxes in appropriate places and contents adequately maintained (no unapproved content such as medicines etc)

  • Medicines stored safely and in original containers

  • Expiry dates checked on pupil medication

  • Prescribed medicines labelled with name of child / dose and frequency of administration?

  • Emergency medication (asthma inhalers epi-pens etc) readily available and not locked away

Hazardous Substances, Tools & Equipment

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

  • Inventory of chemicals, material safety data sheets & COSHH assessments available

  • All hazardous substances stored in a locked room / cupboards

  • All containers clearly marked with label to identify the contents

  • PPE available and suitably stored

Work Equipment

  • Tools & equipment (including ladders) stored securely & out of reach of unauthorised persons

  • Ladder register and checklist in place and reviewed at least termly

  • Sufficient access equipment, or suitable type (BS EN 131) to allow staff members to reach high areas safely

  • Operating instructions available and displayed adjacent to machinery (where appropriate)

  • Minibus checks conducted

Housekeeping

Housekeeping

  • Work areas free from rubbish and obstruction

  • Flooring in good condition and free of slip & trip hazards (no ripped or broken carpet tiles)

  • Effective cleaning schedule in place (including widow cleaning, emptying of waste bins etc)

  • Sufficient storage space available which is reasonably tidy and no accumulation of materials in working areas

  • Items stored at height are accessible, secure and safe

Outdoor Areas & Security

Outdoor Areas & Security

  • Pathways / walkways stable underfoot and without significant trip hazards (eg no potholes, no raised /sunken slabs)

  • Pedestrian routes clearly defined and segregated from vehicles

  • Adequate access for emergency services

  • Is outdoor play equipment adequately maintained and in good condition (checked annually by competent person, weekly checks by site staff)

  • Clear signage directing visitors to reception / other services on site

  • Gates and perimeter fencing of adequate height and in good condition

  • Gates locked when school not in use

  • Number of entrance points onto school site minimised (restricted to one during school day)

  • Clearly defined route between site entrance(s) and reception with access to children avoided where practicable

  • Number of freely available access doors minimised

  • External lighting adequate

  • Access to low roofs restricted (where anticlimb paint is used is it signed)

  • Fragile roof surfaces identified by signage on site

  • External storage / waste bins secured and located 4 to 8m away from builidngs

Welfare and Work Environment

Welfare & Work Environment

  • No smoking signage in place at entrances

  • Drinking water available and taps labelled

  • Rarely used water outlets identified and flushed through weekly

  • Hot water temperatures controlled (max 43° C in areas where vulnerable pupils may come into contact)

  • Water system flushed through after holiday periods

  • Finger guards in place on vulnerable doors i.e. toilet & classrooms in nursery, ks1 / special schools

  • Suitable area for staff members to rest and eat (clean, with seating)

  • Adequate toilet provision, clean and have soap, towels/ dryers and hot water

  • No complaints by staff members regarding lighting, heating and ventilation within the school

  • Adequate space for size of class and activities conducted

  • Walls / wall coverings clean and in good condition (eg paint not flaking, no damp etc)

  • Hazard areas (kitchen, labs / workshops etc.) locked when unsupervised

  • Lighting adequate for activities taking place

  • Handrails secure

  • Windows opening onto external walkways / play areas restricted or barriers in place

  • Safety glazing to BS 6206 or glazing filmed in vulnerable areas (e.g. panes >250mm wide in or adjacent to doors, PE areas etc.)

  • Sufficient equipment to assist with manual handling tasks (eg trolleys, sack trucks, hoists)

Notification of Change & Asbestos

  • Notification of Change form used on every occasion before any work is conducted on building fabric

  • All contractors read & signed the asbestos file prior to carry out works

  • Duty Holder in place and carrying out periodic inspections which are recorded

Additional Recommendations & Sign Off

Additional Comments

    Issue/Good Practice
  • Name/Signature of Inspector

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