Tda 2.8 1.1 Health and Safety Essay

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1.1 Describe how current health and safety legislation, policies and procedures are practiced in the setting.

Primary legislation: Health and safety at work act:

Everyone in the organisation is required to:
1. Report any Hazards
2. Follow the school's Safety Policy
3. Make sure their actions do not harm themselves or others
4. Use any safety equipment provided
5. Ensure equipment is safe or appropriate

1: Reporting hazards – Everyone should be alert to hazards which are likely to cause injury to themselves or others in the school. Annual risk assessments are required to determine the activities and areas of the school that are the most dangerous. Any hazards should be reported to the school health and safety representative.
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Any risks to safety are identified and rectified immediately or the area placed out of bounds until the risk is removed. Electrical items are safety tested on an annual basis, and fire extinguishers are also checked and the checks recorded on the fire extinguisher casing.

Health and safety is a regular topic at staff meetings, with any new risks, changes to policies or legislation being communicated to staff at these meetings. Should the need to urgently inform staff of a new risk arise, the staff will be informed directly by the head teacher.

3.1 Outline the importance of taking a balanced approach to risk management

Children need to learn to assess risk for themselves. Inevitably this means that they will need to take some risks, and most activities will involve some element of danger. If children's experiences are limited due to adults' anxieties, it is likely that they will find it difficult to assess and manage risk when they become adults.

A balanced approach to risk management involves:

Taking into account the young person's age, needs and abilities
Avoiding excessive risk taking
Allowing them to take sufficient risk (not being excessively risk-averse)
Recognising the importance of risk to their healthy development

An example of a balanced approach would be working with year 4 children on a Design and Technology activity using hot glue guns and hacksaws – they would not necessarily be prevented from using the

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