First Aid Policy.
The Governors and Principal of Castlewellan Primary School accept their responsibility under the Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981 and acknowledge the importance of providing First Aid for employees, children and visitors within the school.
The Governors are committed to the authority’s procedure for reporting accidents and recognise their statutory duty to comply with the Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995.
The provision of First Aid within the school will be in accordance with the Authority’s guidance on First Aid in school.
Statement of First Aid organisation.
The school’s arrangements for carrying out the policy include nine key principles.
- Places a duty on the Governing body to approve, implement and review the policy.
- Place individual duties on all employees.
- To report, record and where appropriate investigate all accidents.
- Records all occasions when first aid is administered to employees, pupils and visitors.
- Provide equipment and materials to carry out first aid treatment.
- Make arrangements to provide training to employees, maintain a record of that training and review annually.
- Establish a procedure for managing accidents in school which require First Aid treatment.
- Provide information to employees on the arrangements for First Aid.
- Undertake a risk assessment of the first aid requirements of the school.
Arrangements for First Aid.
Materials, equipment and facilities.
The school will provide materials, equipment and facilities as set out in Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981
The location of First Aid Kit in school is;
- Staff Room
The contents of the kits will be checked on a regular basis by Mrs J Spence.
Appointed persons for First Aid are Mr McLean, Miss McCaughey and Mrs J Spence.
First Aiders’ training will be undertaken every three years. These are normally 2 day refresher courses although sometimes a full 3 day training session will be required.
Off site activities.
At least one first aid kit will be taken on all off site activities, along with individual pupil’s medication such as inhalers, epipens etc.
A person who has been trained in first aid will accompany all off site visits.
Information on First Aid arrangements.
The Principal will inform all employees at the school of the following:
- The arrangements for recording and reporting accidents.
- The arrangements for First Aid.
- Those employees with qualifications in first Aid.
- The location of First Aid kits.
In addition the Principal will ensure that signs are displayed throughout the school providing the following information:
- Names of employees with first aid qualifications.
- Location of first aid box
All members of staff will be made aware of the school’s first aid policy.
The Governing body will implement the SEELB’s procedures for reporting:
- All accidents to employees
- All incidents of violence and aggression.
The Governing body is aware of its statutory duty under RIDDOR in respect of reporting the following to the Health and Safety executive as it applies to employees.
- An accident that involves an employee being incapacitated from work for more than three consecutive days.
- An accident which requires admittance to hospital for in excess of 24 hours.
- Death of an employee.
- Major injury such as fracture, amputation, dislocation of shoulder, hip, knee or spine.
For non-employees and pupils, an accident will only be reported under RIDDOR:
- Where it is related to work being carried out by an employee or contractor and the accident results in death or major injury, or;
- It is an accident in school which requires immediate emergency treatment at hospital
For each instance where the Principal considers an accident to a visitor or pupil is reportable under RIDDOR the advice of the SEELB will be sought.
Where a pupil has an accident it will be reported to the SEELB.
All accidents to non-employees (e.g.) visitors which result in injury will be reported to the SEELB.
Pupil accidents involving their head.
The Governing body recognise that accidents involving the pupil’s head can be problematic because the injury may not be evident and the effects only become noticeable after a period of time.
- Where emergency treatment is not required, a ‘Head bump’ text will be sent to the child’s parents or guardians mobile phone.
- Head bump reports are kept in the accident book in the First Aid cupboard in the Staff Room.
Transport to hospital or home.
The Principal will determine what is a reasonable and sensible action to take in each case.
- Where the injury is an emergency an ambulance will be called following which the parent will be called.
- Where hospital treatment is required but it is not an emergency, then the Principal will contact the parents for them to take over responsibility for the child.
- If the parents can not be contacted then the Principal may decide to transport the pupil to hospital
Where the Principal makes arrangements for transporting a child then the following points will be observed:
- Only staff cars insured to cover such transportation will be used.
- No individual member of staff should be alone with a pupil in a vehicle.
- The second member of staff will be present to provide supervision for the injured pupil.
What is an appointed person?
An appointed person is someone who:
- Takes charge when someone is injured or becomes ill, including calling an ambulance if required; and
- Looks after the first-aid equipment, e.g. restocking the first-aid box.
- To fulfil their role appointed persons do not need first-aid training, though emergency first-aid courses are available. Appointed persons are not first-aiders and should not attempt to give first-aid for which they have not been trained.
- Remember an appointed person should be available at all times that people are on school premises, and also off the premises whilst on school trips. This may mean appointing more than one, (see Educational Visits-Policy Practice and Procedure).
- Mr N McLean (Principal)
- Mrs C Spiers (School Secretary)
Emergency First Aiders:
- Miss J McCaughey
- Mrs J Spence