Risk Assessment Policy
Overall approach to risk assessments
Considerations from the legal team:
Ultimately the employer is accountable for health and safety and therefore cannot delegate health and safety duties. It can require staff to cooperate with them and to follow what they are told, but it cannot delegate a duty. There is no problem asking staff to do something e.g. a risk assessment, which is part of the policy, but it remains the employer's duty to ensure it's done and that it's suitable and sufficient. It would not be a defence to a nursery if a member of staff did not undertake, for example, a risk assessment. The employer must therefore have a system in place to ensure such things are done.
At Bijou nursery we promote the safety of children, parents, staff and visitors by reviewing and reducing any risks.
Risk assessments document the hazard/aspects of the environment that needs to be checked on a regular basis, who could be harmed, existing controls, the seriousness of the risk/injury, any further action needed to control the risk, who is responsible for what action, when/how often will the action be undertaken, and how this will be monitored and checked and by whom to sign.
The nursery carries out written risk assessments regularly (at least annually). These are regularly reviewed and cover potential risks to children, staff and visitors at the nursery. When circumstances change in the nursery, e.g. a significant piece of equipment is introduced; we review our current risk assessment or conduct a new risk assessment dependent on the nature of this change.
Risk assessments ensure that the building and equipment are safe for children and visitors and ensuring safety at all times such as see a risk fix the risk to ensure the safety of others. Risk assessment sheets and file will be available in the room file so that these can be completed for certain times and days when it needs to be checked or has been checked.
All staff are trained in the risk assessment process to ensure understanding and compliance.
Risk assessments must be done for outdoor play before children can use the area to ensure they are safe such as rubbish, broken toys and anything hazardous e.g. small parts and separate risk assessment must be done for any trips outside the setting to ensure that all risks are covered and expected within the paperwork and what should be done to ensure children’s safety.
Risk assessments must be done weekly/daily for the setting such as daily cleaning such as spills, equipment is checked and any other items such as playdough, sand and water are cleaned and checked accordingly and paperwork is to be dated and filed as to ensure a paper trail and that risk assessments are being completed by staff members.
All outings away from the nursery are individually risk assessed and adequately staffed with paediatric first aid trained practitioners. For more details refer to the visits and outings policy.