2.6 Health and safety
It is the policy of the College to comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and Safety Regulations. The College accepts its responsibilities regarding safety to students and visitors. It is important for everyone to realise their responsibilities to the College, to staff and to each other, for safety matters. You should, therefore:
- take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions
- co-operate with all members of the College staff responsible for maintaining the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act, and all other health and safety regulations, by following safety rules and guidance provided by the College and the programmes of study;
- not interfere with, intentionally or recklessly, or misuse, anything provided in the interests of health, safety or welfare in the College
The objective of all health and safety legislation and good practice is to eliminate and control risks in the work place and work activities. Wherever possible, risks are eliminated by selection and design of facilities, equipment and processes. If risks cannot be eliminated, they are minimised by the use of physical controls or, as a last resort, through systems of work and personal protective equipment.
If you are unsure of how to do something that involves any element of risk, or have any doubts, always seek advice from your Programme Director.
Other things to consider:
- Make sure the area you are working in is safe; be aware of how any activity will affect you and the students you are working with.
- With your students, clear up after your class or workshop replacing equipment and materials in designated storage areas.
- Ensure you and the students you are working with wear appropriate clothing at all times. For staff working in workshops beware of loose clothing and ensure that long hair is tied back when working in construction workshops, theatres and studios and working with fixed and portable power tools.
- Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times; safety shoes with reinforced toe caps should be worn when working in any workshops, theatres and studios during fit ups. Except for designated activities such as rehearsal or movement classes bare feet are not allowed on the campus.
- If you or a student feels unwell you must stop the work immediately and inform the reception who will call for a First Aider.
- A students and staff must not drink alcohol during working hours, or present themselves for work having consumed alcohol. Likewise staff and students must not be under the influence of drugs or other stimulants during working hours.
- After 5.30 pm all students and staff must inform Reception if they are working alone anywhere on the campus.
- In workshops, studios and theatre spaces or where students and staff are working at heights there must be no lone working.
Signing off: There is a range of activities for which students and staff must be signed off by their Programme Director or line manager as being competent to use equipment and undertake particular tasks.
You can find more information about the above and College Health and Saftey by following the links at the end of this section.