SafeSchool™ is an all in one Health & Safety Service for Schools comprising of consultancy services, policy development, staff training and advice for one annual fixed cost.
Worried about the consequences of failing to comply with the law and regulations?
SafeSchool™ from Ark, is your fully managed health and safety program for a single annual cost. No hidden costs, just outsource this body of work to Ark and let us deal with Policy Updates, Risk Assessments and Staff Training.
Health & Safety, for most schools, can seem complex and time-consuming, which is why we have developed an all in one Health & Safety Service for your school.
As a competency-based profession, we have the necessary qualifications, knowledge and experience to help you address your school’s Health & Safety obligations all year round.
A Health & Safety Review will be held annually with key stakeholders including Management, Administration and Postholders.
It comprises of a walk-through inspection of the building and grounds and a review of all relevant health and safety documentation.
From a policy that isn’t being executed properly to a procedure or risk assessment that’s out of date, we can conduct a thorough examination of your buildings, practices and procedures to identify and remedy any areas where you’re exposed.
The action plan will include a prioritised list of recommendations to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, guidance and best practice. This will allow management to delegate actions in line with our recommendations, the school’s budget and competing priorities.
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 places a legal duty on all schools to prepare a Health & Safety Statement and to review it annually.
We prepare (and update annually) the health & safety policy in accordance with the latest legislation and guidance applicable to your school, including but not limited to:
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 places a legal duty on all schools to maintain up to date risk assessments.
We will then prepare and maintain a system of forms & checklists including but not limited to:
A safety committee facilitates the consultation process on safety, health and welfare matters in a school, for example, by reviewing the school policy and procedures.
We’ll form the Safety Committee, attend meetings once per term and advise/assist the team as required.
Where appointed we will train and support the postholder in their role, in particular when addressing:
Training is an ongoing legal requirement for Boards of Management and school leaders. However, a lack of sector-specific training leads to lower course engagement. Affording staff the time and headspace to carry out this necessary training is often the most difficult challenge.
The Ark Academy™ is designed to engage and educate school staff on essential topics such as GDPR. Ark specifically designed these courses for school staff, both in terms of context and content.
We then prepare a pack for your Board of Management outlining the requirements of Health & Safety Legislation and the measures taken at the school to meet these obligations. This will include a collated set of documentation prepared specifically for the school demonstrating compliance with Health & Safety legislation.
School leaders need specialist advice and support throughout the school year. Given the complexity of such legal matters as Health & Safety, access to timely expertise is not always available from Management Bodies or Supervisory Authorities.
Our Retained Advice & Support Service provides same-day advice and assistance to you. You get access to expert advice and practical experience from your dedicated subject matter expert during normal business hours.
We will retain and process personal data you provide us in relation to the service that is relevant to you. After that initial contact, if you do not wish to be contacted again we will respect your wishes and delete your contact information from our database. For more information please see our privacy notice.