2.5:   Sonna N.S Safety Statement:


The Board of Management of Sonna N.S recognise the importance of the Legislation enacted in the Safety, Health and Welfare at work Act 1989. This Safety Statement sets out the Safety Policy of the Board of Management of Sonna N.S. and sets out the means to achieve that policy.

 The Board of Management’s objective is to endeavour to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all our employees and pupils and to meet our duties to members of the public with whom we come in contact.

This policy requires the co-operation of all employees. It is our intention to undertake regular reviews of the statement in light of experience, changes on legal requirements and operational changes. The Board of Management will undertake to carry out a safety audit annually and report to staff. This inspection/ safety audit will be carried out more frequently if requested by either staff or the Board of Management.

All records of accidents or ill-health will be monitored in order to ensure that any safety measures required can be put in place, wherever possible to minimise the recurrence of such accidents and ill-health.


The Chairperson of the Board of Management has been assigned responsibility for Safety, Health & Welfare matters by the Board of Management and shall:

The School Principal shall be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Safety Statement and for:



The school recognised the need for consultation with employees in establishing arrangements for securing co-operation in the work place on Safety, Health & Welfare. Every employee is expected to co-operate fully in implementing safety measures at all times.



Statement on Safety, Health and Welfare at work of the Board of Management of Sonna National School:

The members of the Board of Management of Sonna N.S. are
Chairperson     -           Mrs Catherine Conroy
Secretary         -           Miss Lorraine Glynn
Treasurer         -           Mrs Carmel McKeon
Other Board members are Mr Conor Drayne, Mr John Molloy, Mrs Lorraine Keary, Mr. Daithí Ó Fiaich and Fr John Nally.

School Safety Committee are Mrs Catherine Conroy, Mr Daithí Ó Fiaich and Mrs. Antoinette Keena.

The Board of Management will ensure that, in so far as is practicable, the highest standards of safety shall prevail and that, at a minimum, the provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 are applied. Specifically, the Board of Management wishes to ensure so far as is reasonable practicable:

The Board of Management recognises that its statutory obligations under legislation extend to employees, students, any person legitimately conducting school business and the public.
The Board of Management of Sonna N.S. will ensure that provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare Act, 1989 are adhered to.
A safety committee may be established to monitor the implementation of the Safety and Health Policies of Sonna N.S. and the requirement under the Safety, Health and Welfare Act, 1989.


Duties of Employees:
It is the duty of every employee while at work:

No person shall intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse any appliance, protective clothing, convenience, equipment or anything provided in pursuance of any of the relevant statutory provisions, or otherwise, for securing safety, health or welfare of persons arising out of work activities.
Employees shall, by using available facilities and equipment provided, ensure that work practices are performed in the safest manner possible.

Consultation and Information:
It is the policy of the Board of Management of Sonna N.S.


Safety Log:
It is the policy of the school that an accident log be maintained.


Notification of Accidents at Work:
Regulations (1993) which supplements the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act (1983) require that all accidents at work must be notified to the Health and Safety Authority on the approved form. The Authority must be notified about

‘Medical treatment’ is defined as treatment by a Registered Medical Practitioner or Hospitalisation.

All staff and the Board of Management will complete Hazard Control forms annually (c.f. Appendix 1) Some hazards can be rectified but others remain constant.
Hazards that can be rectified or minimised will be dealt with as a matter of urgency. Those that cannot will be clearly indicated and appropriate procedures listed beside them.
The Board of Management on consultation with the employees will review and make recommendations on the elimination of hazards.




Specific Hazards:

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Sonna N.S. that

Other Hazards:


Constant Hazards:
Machinery, and Electrical Appliances:
It is the policy of the Board of Management of Sonna N.S. that all chemicals, detergents etc. be stored in clearly identifiable containers bearing instructions and precautions for their safe use and kept in a safe area out of reach of children. Protection will be provided for use when handling and working with these chemicals.

Drugs and Medications:
It is the policy of the Board of Management of Sonna N.S. that all medications, drugs etc. be kept in a proper medication cabinet, locked at all times, key to which is kept in a secure and safe place.
It is the policy of Sonna N.S. that no medications will be administered to pupils.



Wet Floors:
It is the policy of the B.O.M. of Sonna N.S. that the washing of floors takes place after school hours to ensure, as far as possible, elimination of the danger of slipping.


Code of Discipline of Sonna N.S.:
The Code of Discipline in the school provides for a level of behaviour to minimise personal risk or stress to any employee.

Access to employees is by consent:
When the employee feels at risk or threatened by a particular person on school property, this must be drawn to the attention of the B.O.M. The B.O.M. will undertake to ensure that in such circumstances all appropriate measure will be taken to protect employees.

Trained First Aid Personnel:
It is the policy of the B.O.M. of Sonna N.S. that the Board will facilitate any employee who desires to attend a First Aid course. It is school policy that, in the event of a pupil receiving First Aid, the parents will be notified.

First Aid Box:
There will be a properly equipped First Aid Box in the school, which will contain


School Visitors:
Persons coming on to the school premises must identify themselves clearly before gaining entry to premises and property.

Sound Pollution:
It is the policy of the B.O.M. to minimise sound pollution-room to room, and yard to room.


Construction/Repair work:
Any contractor should make direct contact with the Principal or Deputy Principal before starting any work on the grounds.
When people are working on the grounds with drills or other loud implements, they must wear protective earmuffs. The appropriate protective clothing should be worn. Where the work constitutes any threat to Health and Safety, the school will be closed or the work will be undertaken after school hours.