Health and safety

Health and Safety policy statement

It is the policy of the Youth Ballet Academy that its courses shall be conducted in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practical, the health, safety and welfare of its employees, volunteers, young people and any other persons who may be affected by its operations.

The Youth Ballet Academy requires that a high standard of health, safety and welfare shall be achieved. As part of this, a risk assessment at all venues that work is taking place will be carried out.

The Youth Ballet Academy recognises that the use of safe working practices and accident prevention techniques are a vital role of management.

The requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Etc., Act 1974, Fire Precautions Act 1971; together with all relevant regulations; shall be the minimum standard of health, safety and welfare to be achieved.

All faculty shall be encouraged to submit suggestions and ideas for improving the standards of health, safety and welfare.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 employees have a duty to take reasonable care of their own safety and the safety of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions. They must also co-operate with arrangements to perform or comply with statutory safety obligations. This includes adherence to the Health and Safety Policy. The management have responsibility for ensuring:

  • emergency procedures are in place
  • provision of relevant information required by health and safety legislation
  • that any planning and organisation of training required by health and safety legislation takes place
  • health and safety consequences of introducing new technology are assessed

The following guidelines will be given to all staff:

Health and Safety – Guidelines

  • Do not administer any medication other than pre-existing medication with parent authorisation.
  • Take a register at every session and ensure that all young people are accounted for.
  • Ensure you know where the fire exits are, and the procedure for evacuation.
  • Ask the children if they are under medication or experiencing any aches or pains.
  • Carry out performance/workshop space risk assessment if necessary.
    Report any concerns you have about a child to the Child Protection Officer.
  • No prescription drugs or headache pills can be given to a young person.
    Any injury sustained must be logged in the accident report book on site and in the Youth Ballet Academy accident book found inside the first aid box.

In general

  • Solvents must be used with care and, where appropriate, personal protection should be worn. Always ensure good ventilation.
  • If you are required to work with smoke ensure that the smoke machine is in a ventilated area and that the minimum possible amount of smoke is employed for the effect.
  • Always alert people in the space to possible hazards, including non-kite marked windows.
  • Any faculty found to be deliberately and consistently negligent in the performance of the Policy on Health, Safety and Welfare shall be subject to disciplinary action, which could include immediate termination of agreement.

Risk assessment checklist

VENUE:
EVENT:
PREPARED BY:
DATE:
FACILITIES:
COMMENTS:

Where is the phone on site or is a mobile required?

Name and Contact No. of the site manager:

What are the emergency procedures (e.g. fire), evacuations procedures and where are the assembly points?

Is First Aid available on site or brought in? (Who will be responsible for First Aid during Youth Ballet Academy’s rehearsals and performances?)

Where are the accident report sheets kept?
Room/Hall/Dressing Rooms/Theatre

Please comment on condition and location of facilities when necessary.

  • Cleanliness?
  • Are there any trip hazards?
  • Furniture (is it cleared suitable layout?)
  • Electricity (how many points and where? Performance only)
  • Fire Extinguishers (how many and where?)
  • Fire Exits (how many and where are they?)
  • What type of flooring is used (is it suitable for dance?)?
  • Accessible/number of toilets?

Event Equipment (only if used)

  • Hazardous materials e.g. paints
  • Tools
  • Portable electrical equipment (PAT tested)
  • Catering Equipment

Group Size

  • Will there be a member of staff supervising session?
  • Helpers/Support Staff
  • Parental Consent Forms (note any medical conditions or special needs)