New playground equipment needs to be installed.
An assessment of the potential risks in relation to the playground equipment including students’ limitations, and whether the controls were adequate or in place was undertaken.
The following documents helped to identify solutions or control measures for each risk identified:
|Hazards||Issues to consider||People at risk||Existing controls||Standard to be reached||Immediate/future actions|
Did the equipment meet BS EN 1176 standard?
New equipment not built to British and European standards
Ensure it is to BS EN 1176
|Take out of use until manufacturer/ supplier modifies the equipment in accordance with standards|
Did the resilient surface meet BS EN 1177 standard?Did it meet the students’ needs?
|Not suitable as risk of falls from height||Ensure it is to BS EN 1177 standards|
Is the equipment adequately inspected and maintained?
Have findings been recorded?
|Students||None||Manufacturer’s guidelines||Equipment to be maintained and inspected as per the manufacturer’s guidelines and findings to be recorded|
|Supervision||Is the ratio of employees to students adequate?||Students||Supervision is provided but does not take into account students’ limitations eg is student able to grip the fireman’s pole?||Ensure there is adequate supervision that takes into account any student limitations, so that equipment can be used safely.||Review risk assessment|
A student with a broken leg is due to return to school following a hospital stay.
The individual's needs were assessed and reasonable adjustments made to the student's day. These included:
The student, relevant professionals and the carer all worked together in the assessment process.
A teacher is required to repetitively lift students throughout the school day.
The teacher suffers an acute back strain and as a result is off work for six months.
The school reviewed its approach and identified the repetitive lifting as a significant moving and handling risk to employees. The risks were then avoided or minimised in a number of ways:
A number of employees, students and managers worked together to assess the risks; they established good communication systems and cultivated understanding and co-operation between all parties.
A student with spina bifida requires support when being transferred from a wheelchair to the toilet.
The school assessed the risks involved, including the physical environment/accessibility. This highlighted that a restricted workspace might affect the ability to assist a student properly. The risks were avoided or minimised in a number of ways by the use of handling aids. One such aid was a moulded plastic shell with an aperture for toileting, which could be used with a hoist. Wherever possible, similar techniques to those used at home were employed.