Health and Safety

1.    PREAMBLE

The school is fully responsible for the safety of learners on the terrain.  This does not only refer to sport injuries but also injuries in the classroom and on the grounds during breaks.

2.    PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW IN CASE OF AN INJURY

•    First aid, by a trained person, must be applied immediately.
•    Parents must be notified.
•    If the parents cannot be reached, the learner (with no medical aid) must be taken to the Goldfields Regional                    Hospital or to any other private hospital (with medical aid).
•    The injury register must be completed.  It is available form the person in charge of first aid.
•    The following must be entered:  date, time, description of the injury and action taken.
•    In case of a serious injury, the Principal and School Governing Body must be notified.
•    The following must be reported:  details of the injured learner, pace, date, time and details of the injury, reasons              and reports of witnesses.

3.   FIRST AID

•    First aid equipment is available in the book room.
•    The person in charge of first aid, as indicated on the work allocation, must do a regular inspection to ensure that            there is sufficient stock in the first aid case.  See attached list.
•    The person in charge of first aid box is also in charge of the first aid team.

4.   TERRAIN DUTY

•    The person responsible for the drafting of the terrain duty roster, must do regular control to ensure that staff are              actually on duty.
•    The person on duty must give a written report of any potentially dangerous equipment/situations on the terrain and        buildings.  All injuries must be reported.

5.   INSPECTION TEAM

      The inspection team, consisting of the head of safety, the principal and a Governing Body member responsible for        Building and Terrain, must control repair and construction work.

6.   REGISTER OF DANGEROUS SITUATIONS

      A register of all situations that may compromise safety must be kept.  The register must reflect the following date of        report and repair.


The following are identified as dangerous situations:

•    Cracked or broken windows.
•    Broken chairs must be sent for repairs.
•    Slippery and loose floor tiles.
•    Loose and unsafe stair and corridor railings.
•    Sharp, protruding objects.
•    Cases left in aisle and doors.
•    Throwing of objects.
•    Broken and loose construction of temporary stands.
•    Gymnastic apparatus not properly secured.
•    In addition, picking up of heavy objects by learners is also regarded as dangerous.

7.    ELECTRICAL MAINS SWITCHES AND APPARATUS

•    Each staff member must know where the mains switch of his/her class is situated and how to switch it off.
•    Repairs on electrical apparatus must be done by a qualified person.  Faulty wall plugs must be reported.
•    The changing of light bulbs may not be done by learners.

8.    BOOK ROOMS

       The shelves may not be overloaded.  Shelves should regularly be cleared by educators.

9.    ROAD SAFETY

       Learners on bicycles and motor cycles, and driving their own vehicles, must obey all road rules.
       Staff members driving vehicles/tractors on the school terrain, must consider the safety of learners at all times.

10.   TERRAIN

•    Man holes must be covered at all times.
•    No lawn mowers or edge cutters may be used near learners.
•    All terrain where construction work is taking place must be cordoned off.
•    Bee hives must be reported to the grounds controller for removal.

11.    PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED IN THE EVENT OF INJURIES DURING PRACTICES AND MATCHES

•    If first aid officials are in attendance, seek their advice.
•    Administer first aid if qualified to do so.
•    In serious cases take the learner to the casualty section of the hospital.  When leaving the practice/match, request          another staff member to supervise the group.
•    If possible, advise the family doctor.
•    Inform the principal and the parents.
•    Always make every effort to ensure that first aid is closed at hand.
•    The stretchers and first aid kit are in the first aid room in the office block.
•    Enter details of all injuries in the book in the office.

12.    NORMAL SICKBAY PROCEDURES

•    If learner complains of feeling ill – send him/her to reception (with his permission to be out of class form).  The                receptionist will then divert the learner either to sick bay or apply medication.
•    If learner is to be sent home, the sickbay supervisor or receptionist will contact the parents and send learner back          to your class with a sickbay permission form to be signed by all the necessary educators.
•    Educators must sign these forms and also indicate whether any tests are being written in class that day.
•    The form also has to be signed by the grade head.
•    This form is now returned to sickbay where the learner has to wait for parents.

13.    LABORATORY SAFETY RULES

13.1    Chemicals

•    All chemicals must be clearly labeled.
•    All concentrated acids must be locked in the store room.
•    Learners must be informed of the toxic nature of chemicals.
•    No learner may handle any chemicals without the consent of the science educator.

13.2    Apparatus

•    Apparatus may only be handled by learners with the consent of the science educator.
•    Apparatus must always be handled with care and any damage/breakage must be reported immediately.

13.3    Electricity

•    The science educator must ensure that the main switch for the plugs is always “off” when not in use.
•    Learners must be carefully instructed how to plug in any apparatus, which operates on 220 Volt AC.
•    The science educator may not leave the laboratory while any 220 v apparatus is in operation.

13.4    Gas

•    When not in use the gas main must ALWAYS be switched off, both in the store room and at the educator’s desk.
•    Only the educator may switch on the gas mains.
•    Before lighting any Bunsen burner, all gas taps must be checked to ensure that they are in the “off” position.
•    Both educators and learners must exercise extreme care when Bunsen burners are operating.
•    Ventilation should be sufficient to ensure that no gas build-up occurs when a burner accidentally “goes out”.
•    A portable fire extinguisher should always be within easy reach.

13.5    Preparation of semi-toxic gasses

•    When gas such as Cl2, SO2, H2S, and NH3 are prepared, this must be done in a fume cupboard (if available).
•    If a fume cupboard is not available, sufficient windows should be open to allow for rapid dispersion of gas.
•    The science educator must only prepare as many gas cylinders as he/she needs and then stop the chemical                  reaction liberating the gas.
•    Any learner affected by the gas must immediately report to sickbay.

14.    FIRST AID FOR SICKBAY

Collapsible cup, Tweezers, Scissors, Eye bath and eye shield, Safety pins, Surgical gloves, Thermometer, Kidney Bowl, Mouth piece, Kleenwound spray, Triangular bandage 2, Adhesive plaster, Crepe bandages (75mm) x 2, Crepe bandages (125mm) x 2, Cotton wool, Gloves.
Acriflavine solution (burns), Sal volatile – to wake someone, Disinfectant (Germisept), Eideel – Eye drops, Panado – pain and fever, Micropore tape, Adco-cyclizine – nausea, Adco-loperamise – diarrhea, Staal druppels (Lennons) – bleeding nose, Enos – heartburn, Antihistamine ointment, Antihistamine tablets

15.    FIRST AID KIT FOR SPORTS USE

Collapsible cup, Tweezers, Scissors, Eye bath and eye shield, Safety pins, Surgical gloves, Thermometer, Kidney Bowl, Mouth piece, Kleenwound spray, Triangular bandage 6, Adhesive plaster, Crepe bandages (75mm) x 4, Cotton wool
Acriflavine solution (burns), Sal volatile – to wake someone, Disinfectant (Germisept), Eideel – Eye drops, Panado – pain and fever, Micropore tape Adco-cyclizine – nausea, Adco-loperamide – diarrhea, Staal druppels (Lennons) – bleeding nose, Enos – heartburn, Antihistamine ointment, Antihistamine tablets, 2 x elbow splints, 1 x neck board, 1 x backboard, 1 x stabilizing pillow.
 

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