School safety with Property & Compliance
Our team of experts are on hand to guide your Plymouth school in meeting its health and safety obligations fully. We provide targeted training, inspection and advice to keep your school a safe secure learning environment – and compliant with the latest regulations.
Property management you can trust
Our Property & Compliance team deliver a range of service that reduce risks and hazards on school properties. We conduct in-person visits, audits and inspections to give personalised guidance on the measures needed to meet health and safety requirements and legal compliance responsibilities.
We also provide additional training to promote a greater understanding for those responsible for school maintenance and safety. This highlights what needs to be done to keep everyone that uses your school protected from the real risks and significant harm that can arise in buildings and grounds.
Through our bespoke guidance, we demonstrate how a rigorous recording system, and dynamic and ongoing improvements can ensure risks are recognised and mitigated effectively. Plus, we can arrange for necessary work to be carried out through our links with trusted, competent contractors.
What we offer:
Our dedicated IOSH-accredited advisors understand the problems and challenges that you face as a school. This highly able team are experienced in delivering education-based health, safety, facilities management, and legal compliance support.
We have also secured the services of approved local consultants and specialists. These can assist you across a wide range of property health and safety areas, including the following:
Our Property & Compliance team keep school buildings and grounds safe for pupils and staff – while helping you meet essential legal obligations.
Why are Risk Assessments important?
Whilst children are more likely to have an accident than any other age group, they don’t just happen to children, and most could be preventable if proper procedures are followed. During the period 2019-22, the HSE found that there were an estimated 1,450 work-related injuries in educational settings, highlighting the necessity of risk assessments to control these incidents.
Who creates them?
For a risk assessment to be suitable and sufficient, one required factor is ensuring that the right people are involved in the process. Usually in schools, the headteacher has the final say on risk assessments, but that does not mean that they should create them. Risk assessments should be delegated to those in the responsible remit. For one off, or specific tasks this may involve just one or two people, but for wider tasks that are carried out often and, in several areas, such as dressing display boards, the creation of the risk assessment should be collaborative.
How is it done?
Creating a risk assessment in your school involves a systematic process of identifying, assessing, and managing potential risks to ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff, and visitors. Here are the general steps to follow:
- Identify Hazards: Conduct a comprehensive survey of the school premises, facilities, activities, and processes to identify potential hazards. This may include physical hazards (e.g., uneven flooring, exposed wires), chemical hazards (e.g., cleaning agents, science lab materials), biological hazards (e.g., bacteria, viruses), and ergonomic hazards (e.g., poor workstation setup).
- Identify People at Risk: Determine who might be affected by the identified hazards. This includes students, staff, visitors, and individuals with specific vulnerabilities or special needs, such as students with disabilities.
- Evaluate Risks: Assess the likelihood and severity of each identified hazard. Consider the frequency and duration of exposure, potential consequences, and existing control measures in place. You can use High Medium Low (HML) to show how the risk reduces with controls added but more time spent on actual risks and controls is moreproductive.
- Implement Control Measures: Develop and implement appropriate control measures to eliminate or reduce identified risks. This may involve implementing safety procedures, providing personal protective equipment (PPE), improving infrastructure, or modifying processes. Consult relevant regulations, guidelines, and best practices for guidance on specific control measures.
- Communicate and Train: Ensure that all relevant staff, students, and stakeholders are aware of the identified risks, control measures, and procedures. Provide comprehensive training and information sessions to ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in maintaining a safe environment.
- Monitor and Review: Regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of the implemented control measures. Update the risk assessment whenever new hazards are identified or changes occur within the school environment. Seek feedback from staff, students, and other stakeholders to improve the risk assessment process continually.
- Document and Maintain Records: Keep thorough records of the risk assessment process, including hazard identification, risk evaluation, control measures implemented, and reviews conducted. Maintain these records for future reference and to demonstrate compliance with legal requirements. Review it: make sure the controls are working, or if more are needed, following an incident or near miss, or there has been significant change to staff or buildings.
So, get involved, contribute to your own safety and that of the people you work with and the children in your care.
The benefits of working with our team
Ensure your school meets the latest regulations
We continue to adapt our service to your school’s needs. This includes ensuring you have the required additional help you need to respond to multiple changes in legislation, including respiratory infection control assessments and changes to COSHH regulations and fire requirements.
Flexible and adaptable support
We ensure regular contact with your school via various methods and remain committed to enhancing provision and offer face-to-face service alongside virtual models of support and training.
Work delivered by competent, qualified professionals
Our advisors have the personal qualities, and the knowledge and experience around health and safety law, to guide your school competently in complying with requirements, as required by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). They are accredited members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and undergo regular training to maintain standards.
Regular inspections help headteachers meet accountability demands
As a member, you have access to Property and Compliance advisors who specialise in the needs of education. They have a proven track record in adapting to the ever-changing needs of individual establishments. By regularly visiting your school, we can hear concerns, highlight issues and identify the support that would be most beneficial for your environment. Responsibility for policies and procedures are frequently delegated to individual headteachers – we can help ensure they meet this responsibility by conducting and recording regular checks and control measures.
You’re in good company
We’ve the trusted provider of health, safety and compliance expertise for many schools across Plymouth. Here’s a selection of their feedback.
"We have used the Health and Safety service from PLP for a number of years and I cannot recommend their service enough. They provide accurate and timely health and safety advice, with an understanding of the challenges faced by schools. They have helped me to save money by avoiding unnecessary expenditure or recommending contractors offering value for money on their services. Easily accessible by email and mobile phone, they have certainly been on hand to help out in a crisis too."
We are very appreciative for the many years of care, support, professionalism and insight that Plymouth Learning Partnership (PLP) has been able to offer our school. Their expertise in the field of Safety & Health is second to none. From asbestos to zonal fire issues, PLP visiting consultants are extremely knowledgeable and are able to offer advice on a wide range of issues to ensure compliance. Just ask a question and they always have the answers you need! In addition, they are able to offer training across many subject areas, either online or in person, fulfilling all our school CPD needs. PLP are providers of a friendly, professional and valued partnership and I would highly recommend using their services.
"PLPCIC Health and Safety guidance have been invaluable to the school. Andrew is friendly and approachable. His regular visits to the school are detailed and informative. He guides the school through the mind field that is "Health and Safety". I would whole heartedly recommend the service to schools."
"Andrew has been a great help to me personally. I started in a school with no health and safety or educational background. I felt quite overwhelmed, however, Andrew guided me through the compliance requirements and reassured me when I needed advice. He is very patient and explains things clearly. He is very knowledgeable and an expert in his field. I’m not sure how I would have managed without this support and guidance!"
“We find the support of the Property Compliance team invaluable and very professional. The team works hard to ensure we have buildings in good condition and up to date with legislation. They provide helpful guidance and support when we need it and are always on hand in an emergency.”
"From my first days over 10 years ago as one of 4 PAPH members, I have enjoyed the challenges and rewards. Being part of a team that was innovative in a fast-moving environment made each day, week, month, and year feel different, but the end goal was always to support and be there for our schools. I take pride in my work and am proud to be part of PLP."