September 2019: School Safety & Recent Prosecutions

September 2019: School Safety & Recent Prosecutions

Eliza Bonecka

 

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A safety alert has been sent to schools in Fife following an accident which left three pupils with serious burns. The children, aged 11 and 12, were hurt when a camping kettle exploded during an outdoor cooking class at Lumphinnans Primary school in June 2018...

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SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

This article demonstrates the importance of following good risk assessment practices, inside the school, and when undertaking outdoor activities. The students were unfamiliar with the storm kettle, and unfortunately this caused it to explode when used incorrectly. As part of your identified control measures, always make sure that students are given a briefing when they are using new pieces of equipment, and that they are supervised during unfamiliar activities.

 

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More than 200 teachers have died in the past 10 years from the effects of being exposed to asbestos. And for each teacher fatality, nine ex-pupils can also be expected to fall victim to the silent killer, a study claims – an average of almost 200 per year...

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SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

The common temptation with asbestos is to believe that it will only affect people working in maintenance and construction. However, we now know that not only are education staff at risk, but school students are also vulnerable to developing mesothelioma if exposed to fibres at a young age. You must take reasonable steps to find out if there are materials containing asbestos within your school (by an asbestos survey), and you should monitor the condition of any asbestos containing materials; keeping contractors and other relevant parties informed of its location, and taking action to control the risk of exposure.

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