• Is there a Health and Safety Policy (signed & dated by the Responsible Person / Chair of Governors)?

  • Are there arrangements in place to ensure that the Policy is reviewed annually as a minimum?

  • Are there effective arrangements for ensuring that all staff are aware of the relevant contents of the Health and Safety Policy?

Risk Assessment

  • Are School specific risk assessments in place for activities presenting significant risk?

  • Are individual risk assessments carried out where required? E.g. pregnant worker, personnel with known medical conditions

  • Are assessments in place which adequately cover the activities being carried out within lessons?

  • Have risk assessments been communicated to relevant personnel and signatures obtained?

  • Are School trips suitable risk assessed and communicated to relevant employees?


  • Are regular, in house inspections being carried out and documented? E.g. weekly inspections

  • If yes, do all recommendations arising from these inspections get actioned?


  • Has a fire risk assessment been carried out/reviewed within the last 12 months

  • Has there been any recent changes to the building in the last 12 months? If yes, has the fire risk assessment been updated and reviewed accordingly?

  • Is a suitable evacuation plan in place for the School?

  • Are personal emergency evacuations plans (PEEP’s) in place for those requiring assistance when evacuating?

  • Are fire drills carried out termly and recorded?

  • Are fire alarm call points tested weekly in house and annually by a competent engineer? NOTE: a different call point should be tested each week.

  • Are appropriate fire extinguishers available and inspected annually?

  • Are all escape route clearly visible and unobstructed?

  • Are areas of the School used for lettings outside of ambient daylight hours fitted with emergency lighting on escape routes?

  • Is emergency lighting tested monthly in house and annually be a competent engineer?

  • Does the fire alarm system have a battery back up?

  • Are all fire doors kept shut, or if they are held open are they done so using the appropriate devices?

First Aid & Medication

  • Is there an adequate number of first aiders available on site?

  • Is there a suitable numbers of first aid boxes available on site and are they kept fully stocked and up to date?

  • Are pupils with medical needs clearly identified and is this reflected in their care plans?

  • Is there a documented system in place for the acceptance and administering of medication?

  • Is there suitable training for personnel dealing with specialist medication? E.g. epi-pens.

Accident Reporting

  • Are accident records kept locally and monitored for trends?

  • Have all RIDDOR reportable accidents been reported to the HSE?

  • Are Insurers, Governors and H&S Consultants informed of all reportable accidents?


  • Is there a system in place to ensure that any H&S concerns can be communicated to the relevant personnel?

  • Is health and safety a regular topic on Governing Body committee meetings?

Plant, Tools and Equipment

  • Has training and instruction been given to relevant members of staff in the safe use of tools & equipment?

  • Has work at height been risk assessed sufficiently?

  • Is a ladder register in place and reviewed termly?

  • Is there any significant use of power tools/machinery? If yes, has the use of these pieces of equipment been risk assessed and communicated to relevant personnel?

  • Is there any planned maintenance undertaken on plant, tools or equipment?

  • Is PE and outdoor play equipment inspected regularly in house and annually serviced by a competent contractor?


  • Is there a list of nominated drivers which is maintained and training conducted?

  • Are driving licenses checked annually?

  • Are vehicle inspection and MOT records available?


  • Is there an inventory of the substances that are used?

  • Have COSHH assessments been carried out for the substances?

  • Is suitable storage in place for the substances? E.g. flammables in a locked metal container.

  • Are all containers clearly labelled and easy to identify?


  • If applicable, has an asbestos survey been carried out for the premises?

  • If asbestos containing materials have been identified, has an asbestos management plan been implemented?

Electrical/ Gas

  • Has portable appliance testing been carried out by a competent person?

  • Are all emergency shut offs readily available and easily accessible?

  • Has a fixed mains inspection been carried out on the electrical system in the last 5 years by an NICEIC registered engineer?

  • Have all gas appliances been tested in the last 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer?

  • Are gas cylinders stored appropriately? E.g. upright in well ventilated cages away from any building and ignition sources.


  • When awarding contracts, is a health and safety assessment carried out on the contractor ensuring that they are competent to carry out the works that is being asked of them?


  • Is housekeeping satisfactory throughout the premises?

  • Is flooring in good condition and free from trip/slip hazards?

  • Are all items that are stored at height accessible, secure and safe?

  • Are boiler rooms and electrical intake rooms free from combustible materials?

Welfare and Environment

  • Are finger guards in place in vulnerable areas?

  • Are DSE users identified and relevant assessments carried out?

  • Is safety glazing or safety film in place in the required areas?

  • Where applicable, is a lettings policy in place which is communicated to any hirers?

  • Has a legionella risk assessment been carried out by a competent person?

  • Are hazardous areas locked when not in use and restricted to authorised personnel only? E.g. kitchen, workshops.

  • Do catering providers have a food safety management system in place compliant with HACPP?

External Areas

  • Is there a clear pedestrian route in place in the car park and areas where employees may come into contact with mobile plant?

  • Is there adequate access maintained for the emergency services?

Security/ Safeguarding

  • Is there clear signage in place directing visitors to the reception?

  • Is visitor’s access to the building adequately controlled?

  • Where visitors can gain access to pupils is there suitable and sufficient supervision in place?

  • Is external lighting sufficient?

  • Are gates and perimeter fencing of a suitable height?

  • Is access to low roofs restricted and fragile roof signs placed where required?

  • Are external waste bins secured and located away from buildings?

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