ShowKids Health and Safety Policy
ShowKids Theatre School considers health and safety to be of utmost importance. We comply with The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 at all times.
ShowKids has appropriate insurance cover, including employer’s liability insurance and public liability insurance.
Each member of staff follows the Club’s Health and Safety policy and is responsible for:
- Maintaining a safe environment
- Taking reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others attending ShowKids
- Reporting all accidents and incidents which have caused injury or damage or may do so in the future
- Undertaking relevant health and safety training when required to do so by the manager.
Any member of staff who disregards safety instructions or recognised safe practices will be subject to disciplinary procedures.
Responsibilities of the registered person
The registered person for the setting holds ultimate responsibility and liability for the safe operation of ShowKids. The registered person will ensure that:
- They nominate a Health and Safety Officer. The designated health and safety officer is Thomas Janvrin.
- All staff receive information on health and safety matters, and receive training where necessary
- The Health and Safety policy and procedures are reviewed regularly
- Staff understand and follow health and safety procedures
- Resources are provided to meet the Club’s health and safety responsibilities
- All accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences are properly reported and recorded. This includes informing Ofsted, child protection agencies and the Health and Safety Executive under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) where appropriate.
- All reported accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences are reviewed, so that preventative measures can be taken.
Responsibilities of the Lead Practitioner
The ShowKids Lead Practitioner is responsible for ensuring that at each workshop:
- Premises are clean, well lit, adequately ventilated and maintained at an appropriate temperature
- The workshop space is used by and solely available to ShowKids during opening hours
- All ShowKids equipment is safely and securely stored/removed.
- A working mobile phone is available on the premises at all times
- External pathways are cleared in severe weather
Children are not allowed to leave the building during ShowKids workshops unless prior permission has been given by the parents
During ShowKids workshops all external doors are kept locked, with the exception of fire doors which are alarmed.
All visitors to the Club must sign the Visitor Log and give the reason for their visit. Visitors will never be left alone with the children.
Security procedures will be regularly reviewed by the manager, in consultation with staff and parents.
Food and personal hygiene
Staff at ShowKids maintain high standards of personal hygiene, and take all practicable steps to prevent and control the spread of infection.
- A generally clean environment is maintained at all times.
- Waste is disposed of safely and all bins are kept covered.
- Staff ensure that children wash their hands before handling food or drink and after using the toilet.
- Cuts and abrasions (whether on children or staff) are kept covered.
Dealing with body fluids
Spillages of blood, vomit, urine and faeces will be cleaned up immediately, with the support of building staff.
Staff ratios and levels of supervision are always appropriate to the number, ages and abilities of the children present, and to the risks associated with the activities being undertaken. A minimum of two members of staff are on duty in every workshop.