Health and safety
A part of a child's education should involve safe practice when participating in music
In music, safety is about more than rules and regulations. It is the responsibility of teachers to know and point out potential hazards. Good practice is safe practice. It is a teacher's responsibility to ensure that children act safely.
Products bought from educational suppliers for educational purposes are usually approved for school use. They often have accompanying health and safety guidance.
- Health and safety policy
Your school should have a health and safety policy which outlines the specific arrangements and responsibilities for the provision of health and safety in your own premises/organisation. The health and safety policy template is for schools to use in developing a policy which is specific to their premises/organisation.
- Risk Assessment
This musical activities risk assessment template should be completed by all schools, and used for all occasions when musical learning or music making is to take place. This includes class music lessons, instrumental and vocal lessons, rehearsals, workshops and concerts. There are sub-headings for risks that apply to all musical activities (noise, moving and handling and other associated risks such as repairs, electrical issues, environment, posture, sharing instruments, behaviour), and for those that apply specifically to musical activities taking place beyond the normal school day or those involving external providers (vetting, lone working, public events and off-site activities).
The risk assessment is deliberately designed to cover nearly all eventualities. Most are therefore about common sense, and will already be covered by sensible, day-to-day practice. Where this is not the case, or the risk assessment acts as a memory-jogger with regard to a particular issue, action should be taken to ensure that the recommended control measures are incorporated into daily routine.
The process for completing the risk assessment should be:
Confirm the list of hazards (and add any extras not already included)
- Check the control measures are in place, and remove those that do no apply
- If new actions are required (i.e. studying external guidance for specific issues), staff must be given appropriate time / resources to complete / implement the recommendation
- Once completed, taking into account the relevant risks for their institution, the musical activities risk assessment should be reviewed at least every three years
In addition to the risk assessment, all schools should complete the health and safety monitoring form and review it annually. Hampshire County Council monitors schools each year, at random, and would expect to see the completed musical activity risk assessment and monitoring forms.
- Accident procedures
Despite the use of effective risk control, accidents still happen. The guide below provides easy to read steps to assist managers and staff in the event of any accident, incident or near miss. It lists the immediate and secondary actions required, the type of reporting required, the investigation requirements and even includes links direct.
- Further support
Hampshire Music Service may be able to answer general queries, email email@example.com or phone 023 8065 2037.
Equipment to check sound levels can be borrowed from Hampshire Scientific Service, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 023 9282 9501.
Where additional or specific health and safety advice and support is required, contact the Children's Services Health and Safety Team.
Email email@example.com or phone 01962 876220