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Staying Safe From Terror Threat
Q: What can we do to keep our nursery school safe in the light of recent terrorist activity? Bram Longstaffe Nursery School
The recent events unfolding in Manchester and London have shaken our country to the core and understandably people are nervous. In the coming days and weeks, there will be an increase in the number of suspicious packages, controlled explosions and reports in the news focusing on new leads.
Let’s for a minute turn off the media attention and really focus on the threat terrorism is to you and the people in your care. You cannot stop people living their lives, having fun and learning. It isn’t fair on you or them.
Does that mean we should ignore the threat completely?
No, but you can’t let it take over!
Let’s look at what you should be doing to prepare for an extreme emergency situation
Health and safety at work act: Section 2
It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.
So, you have a clear duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare of your staff, however, more than this is the management regulations which underpin the act. In particular section 8 (2) which says
If staff are exposed to serious and imminent danger i.e. someone with a knife they can stop work, proceed to a place of safety and not return till the threat has passed, they cannot be sanctioned or disciplined for this.
Besides the duty you have to your staff, under the health and safety at work act you have a duty to others
It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.
So, you also have a duty of care to service users and visitors within your building
Here’s what we recommend you do!
- Review your Risk Contingency Plans
- Make sure you are clear on exactly what you are expecting staff to do in an extreme emergency situation. Do you have written plans (actual) or are you relying on staff to assume what you want them to do (implied)
- Do your Risk Assessments support your intentions
- Review your Emergency Procedures. If the worst should happened, what would you do? How would you get hold of parents? How would you get the children in your care to safety? Have a clear step by step plan and communicate it to everyone!
- Update emergency contact details. Send out a quick form and people to check telephone numbers, passwords and who is allowed to collect children
- Run a simulation. If I came to your building with a weapon / device. How far could I get? Am I stopped by anyone? Are there locked doors in my way? Are there doors that should be locked that aren’t. 5 mins is enough to see if you need to make changes to your procedures
Don’t forget if you are unsure about anything here, give us a call, we are here to help you. We can always pop over to have a look at the policies and procedures you have in place and advise you on the things that need changing!
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