School Entrance

Signposting

  • Is there clear, unambiguous directions for visitors to get to reception ?
    Is reception/main entrance readily identifiable ?

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Security

  • Are visitor control procedures in place such as a signing in book and badge system, a lobby waiting area, all visitors having been escorted ?
    Are other potential entrances in the vicinity of the reception kept locked or clearly state they are not in use

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Slip / Trip Hazards

  • Are there any raised edges or drops on the entrance route e.g. Raised flagstones, pot holes ?
    Is there any build up of leaves/moss/ mud that can make the entrance area slippery ?

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Corridors

Slip / Trip Hazards

  • Are there any raised/curled up carpet edges ?
    Are there any sunken mat wells with mats below the edge ?
    Are there any raised floor tiles ?
    Are there mats at entrances to prevent corridor floors becoming wet during wet and snowy weather ?

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Obstructions

  • Is anything placed on the corridor so that the width is insufficient for the numbers that will be required to use it in an emergency ?
    Is anything left in the corridor that should not be there ?

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Fire Loading

  • Do displays run the full length of the corridor ?
    Are items stored on the corridor easily ignited and would they help spread a fire if one started ?
    Are there any dead ends on the corridors ?

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Cloakrooms / Toilets

Obstruction

  • Is anything stored in the area that impedes access ?

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Slip / Trip Hazards

  • Is the flooring anti slip in areas that may become wet ?
    Are there any raised tiles/damaged flooring ?

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Nursery

Space

  • Can staff and pupils move freely around the room, and exit the room without hindrence ?

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Equipment

  • Is equipment in good condition and stored appropriately ?
    Is equipment causing an obstruction ?

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Heating Pipes

  • Are there exposed pipes that a child could trap their arm or leg behind ?

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Radiators

  • Are radiators positioned so that children are unlikely to scald themselves ?
    Are electric heaters fitted with guards to prevent things being inserted into them ?

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Substances

  • Are any hazardous substances left out in the room ?
    Are there any containers without labels identifying the substance inside ?

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Obstructions

  • Is there anything that prevents quick and easy access and egress from the room ?

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Slip / Trip Hazards

  • Are there any raised carpet edges/floor tiles/cables ?
    If water and sand activities take place is there an anti slip floor and is sand immediately cleared up when it spills ?

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Access & Egress

  • Is there only one entrance door to the room ?
    Are the exit routes free from obstructions both inside and outside ?

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Storage

  • Is the store room kept tidy ? Is anything stored at height. If so, is there a safe method for accessing it ?
    Is there adequate lighting to the store ?

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Windows

  • Do they present a risk when open ? Is safety installed where required ? Are they in good condition ?

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Walls / Ceilings

  • Are they in good condition ?
    Are there any visible defects or imminent risks (broken tiles, plaster falling off) ?

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Furniture

  • Is it in good condition / stable / no sharp edges protruding ?
    Does it fit ?

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Boiler House

Space

  • Is there sufficient space to access controls ?

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Equipment

  • Is equipment stored appropriately and is it appropriate to store it in the boiler house ?

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Obstructions

  • Is there anything blocking the entrance/exit or blocking access to the boiler and controls ?

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Slips / Trips Hazards

  • Is the floor in good condition ?
    Is there anything on the floor that could cause a trip ?
    Is the floor maintained in a clean and dry condition ?

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Access & Egress

  • Is access and egress readily available and easily achieved ?

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Storage

  • Generally boiler houses should not be used as storage areas. Stored items should not be combustible and should not impede access to the boiler and its controls

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Cleaning Store

Locked

  • The cleaners store should be locked at all times that children are on the premises.

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Substances

  • Are they stored appropriately ?
    Is suitable information available regarding substance hazards and correct use ?

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Equipment

  • Is it in good condition and regularly maintained ?
    Is it stored appropriately ?

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Hall

Exits

  • Are the exits readily available and not covered by curtains or obstructed by equipment ?
    Are exits appropriately signed ?

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P E Equipment

  • Is it stored safely and is it regularly maintained ?

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Stage

  • Is it in good condition ?
    Is there lighting for backstage areas ?
    Is stage equipment maintained ?
    Is there any waste/rubbish left in the stage area ?

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Offices

Display Screen Equipment

  • Have workstations been assessed ?
    Have staff been provided with information about workstation safety ?
    Have staff requested and had eye/ eyesight tests ?

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Housekeeping

  • Is the area kept in a clean and tidy condition, free from tripping hazards, waste materials and obstructions ?

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Space

  • Is there sufficient space for the activities undertaken, can staff move around the area freely ?

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Storage

  • Are items stored safely. E.g. If objects are stored on top of filing cabinets are they stored so that they will not fall off when the cabinet is used ?

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Other Internal Concerns

  • Check for slip and trip hazards, that access and egress is readily available, that equipment and other items are stored safely.
    Check that fire extinguishers have been inspected and tested within the last 12 months.
    Check that electrical equipment has been inspected and tested within the last 1-4 years depending upon the type of equipment

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Playground

Equipment

  • Is outdoor equipment in good condition ?
    Is there a safety surface beneath equipment that enables children to climb over 600mm ?

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Obstructions

  • Is there anything on or around the playground that children could collide with or fall onto ?

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Slip / Trip Hazards

  • Is the surface flat and even, are there any obvious trip hazards where children are likely to play or run ?

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Car Park

  • Are there separate routes in and out for vehicles and pedestrians, if not, is there a method to prevent pedestrians being struck by vehicles ?
    Is there a traffic management system in place. E.g a one way system around the car park, clearly laid out parking bays, traffic calming measures and speed reduction signs ?

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Traffic Management

Slip / Trip Hazards

  • Are there any obvious tripping hazards. E.g. Pot holes, raised and uneven kerbs, are there slip hazards e.g. Wet leaves, moss etc ?

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Other Locations

  • Include anything that you consider to be hazardous i.e. Anything that you think may cause a pupil, member of staff, parent or visitor to be injured. This could include physical hazards and working practices.pl

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